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“Mesmerizing Seward Highway”
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Seward Highway
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Turnagain Arm Scenic Winter Tour with Aerial Tram...
Ranked #57 of 895 things to do in Alaska
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed September 12, 2013

No words can describe the most scenic highway I have ever taken. We traveled to Anchorage and Seward in July 2013 and was in love with Alaska - love at first sight :).

The drive from Anchorage to Seward is out of this world. Never seen beauty will hit you every turn. It is something you should never miss while planning a trip to Alaska. I wished, I could have seen more snow in the mountains, but still the scene was amazing. Every mile you have a scenic overlook, if you are a photographer like me, you would not miss any opportunity to stop and click.

If you really want to see in real how it looks, please do check out my blog - http://klickzbysri.com/alaska-the-great-land/ and more pictures at http://klickzbysri.com/category/portfolio/places/alaska-places/

I am sure you would be in love too with this beautiful place. We travelled with 3 year old and I must admit there was not much for her but still she had a good time. In Seward there were little kiddie parks with some nice rides to entertain little one. But I am sure, you will have the BEST time in Alaska.

5  Thank Sri R
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This three hour ride from Anchorage to Seward was exellent something that a picture cannot capture. Pleanty of spots to stop and take it all in. Google map it and you will see the mountian pass that you will drive through.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Seward Highway is a road trip that you should never miss in your life time. As one of the 13 "American Road", you can expect amazing scenery along the road. Remember! Take your time! I was driving in the midnight and came back in the late afternoon, when there's no sunshine and terrible sun light. If you have better plans, you will enjoy more than I do!

2  Thank RUI Z
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

I've driven most of the US and Canada and the Seward Highway is easily one of the most beautiful drives in North America. Bore tides, wildlife and huge mountains. Word of caution, if you're easily distracted take the passenger seat. There's so much to see it's easy to take your eyes off the road. Luckily there is an abundance of perfectly placed turnouts.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Fabulous! This is listed in the top ten scenic drives in the WORLD! My recommendation is that you hire a car to drive this route (approx. 125 miles): the views are fabulous at every turn and there are plenty of places to pull off. Unfortunately, we did the journey on a coach (as part of our HAL cruisetour) but only had one stop (at Por-tage Glacier for a comfort break and an ice cream!). It would have been wonderful if the driver could have just pulled over a few times to allow us to take some decent photos. I would also have liked more flexibility as for timing – the day we travelled was one of the highest boreal tides on Turnagain Arm (listed in the top 5 bores in the world!), but we missed it by an hour! Check tide tables before you go at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/chugach/13boretidesched.pdf, if you are interested in seeing a real spectacle: a huge wave being surfed and kayaked, followed about half an hour later (I’m told) by beluga whales! Warning: do NOT go on the mudflats which are like quicksand about 1500' deep: there are fatalities every year.

Some of the parking places are state parks and you need a parking pass but you only need to pay the $5 once – the pass lasts all day. For ideas of what to see and where to stop, this seems very helpful: http://www.alaska.org/guide/seward-highway. I used it as we went along!

Points worth pursuing: Exit Glacier, near Seward; views of Kenai Lake; and the quirky Moose Creek. Would strongly suggest turning up the highway to Portage Glacier. Stop for a freshen-up, an ice cream or even a meal, but don’t forget to wander up to Portage Lake and take some fabulous photos. I think there is a visitor Centre and a boat trip you can do there as well (in the Alaska Toursavers 2for1 book). Watch out for the toothpick for-est where the ground sank 10’ during the 1964 earthquake and seawater killed the trees. Watch out for wood bison grazing in the wildlife centre near Portage. Stop at Bird Point for the view and Bird Creek for salmon in season. There are often Dall sheep on the mountain at Windy Point and belugas can sometimes be seen from Beluga Point (otherwise just another fabulous view!). At one point, there is a pipe coming out of the mountain wall. There's usually someone there with a jug filling up with the glacier water filtered by the rocks. If you want a stop with a real view, turn off to Girdwood and the Alyeska cable car!

In addition, you’ll see bald eagles, perhaps moose or bear, and the train as it chugs across the countryside, some-times directly alongside the road. And if you’re into birds, there is Potter’s Marsh on the way to Anchorage http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewinglocations.pottermarsh

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