Due note 1: Seward is one
of the busiest tourist towns in Alaska so better reserve any of your planned cruise,
activities or hotel in advance. For RV, the large town RV park is based on
first come first serve so try to come early at the day to catch a RV parking spot.
Town RV campgrounds in Seward are located by the waterfront and are all dry
The town RV several
parks located right on the water, but at summertime tourist peak season they
are packed by hundreds of RV side by side. This is not “alone in nature”
experience but the plus side is that you do not need to move your RV when you
are going for the cruise or other local walking-distance activities in town.
When looking at
maps you can see several RV parks but they are all essentially part of the same
network of city park RV campgrounds that follow the same basic pricing and
procedures (mainly first come first serve, dray campground, 20$ per day).
When we came to
town late in the afternoon, we search for available RV parking slot for 1 hr
but we did not find anything available.
Because of the road
closer we had on our way to Homer we arrive one day later than originally
planned to Seward. We practically had one full day that was dedicated to boat
cruise at the Kenai Fjords National Park.
This is one of
Alaska's best sea wildlife spectacles and some of its most beautiful fjords and
glaciers. On top of Alaskan landscape and glaciers you can see at the cruise a
lot of marine life: humpback and killer
whales, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and puffins that crowd the park's
Our main activity cruise to Kenai
No trip to
Seward Alaska could be complete without taking a cruise to Kenai Fjords National
You can find several
companies that doing such cruise to choose from.
friends recommendations we booked, well in advanced, our cruise at Major Marian
We booked the
7.5 hr tour, there are longer (8.5 hr) and much shorter (4 hr), but we thought
this will be the best for us.
departure from the main harbor, just make sure you will be on time for your
specific departure, come earlier and find your cruise office in the building
above the harbor.
We had a winter
cold weather day with relatively high wave at the open sea and it rain most of
the day with low clouds.
We took some
anti-seasickness drug that did not help. Even that we all had seasickness at
different levels we all enjoy the cruise VERY much.
You can stay at
the lower deck, warm and comfortable with it viewing glasses but I preferred
the upper open deck, open to the fresh air but still protected from the rain.
The water in
the open sea can be raff, depending on the wind and wave direction and where
the boat is heading, but once you are entering into the narrow fjords the sea
is much calmer.
At our cruise we
saw active tidewater glaciers falling into the ocean, both Holgate Glacier at Aialik
Bay and Southwestern Glacier and the Northwestern Fjord. We manage to see Wales,
Orca, Sea Otters, Seals, Puffins, Bold Eagle, steep ocean cliffs, Cape
Resurrection cliffs and more … 😊
captains are exchanging information where they spot Whales or Orca. If they hear
that there are wales somewhere in the bay from another boats, they will change
the trip course so you can view them from close distance.
Few Cruise Tips:
- If it is cold
day bring warm cloth, wool hat & gloves, the temperature on the open ocean
can be low by 5-10c than in Seaward.
- Bring binoculars
for better wildlife watching.
- I will recommend
bringing food with you, there is option to eat lunch at the boat (pre-paid),
but this may be too heavy if you are suffering from seasickness.
afternoon, when we were back at Seaward, we went to eat a good dinner at one of
the harbor restaurants, the seafood was good, a little bit pricy and slow
service because all cruise are coming at once back from the day activity.
After dinner we
drove with our RV back to our RV-camp at Bear Creek.
we had to shorten our visit in Seward because of schedule delay and our
specific Denali reservation so we did not had the time to do more things at
More things to see and do near
- Visit Seward
harbor and see up-close the sea otters that resident inside the harbor. You can
usually spot the sea otters from the boardwalk along the harbor or walk down
the gangway and among the boats.
- Exit Glacier
Nature Center: Glacier not far from Seward, you can hike all the way to the
starting point and see it. It is looks like a nice hike to the glacier view.
We already did a
glacier guided hike and we were one day short, so we decided not to visit this
SeaLife Center: We decided to skip this attraction although I’m sure it is very
educational visit. Here you can you learn about Alaska’s wildlife and marine
ecosystem. Suitable for families with young kids.
- Lowell Creek
Waterfall: A nice small waterfall just south of town near the main road.
Solomon run at Bear Creek Weir (7 miles north of town), you can drive 2 miles
further down the road to the trailhead to hike to Bear Lake.
- Caines Head
Trailhead: TH is located south at the end of the road. This hike is long 14
miles out and back trail, rated as difficult. Start at Lowell Point (south of
- Hiking to the
top of Mt. Marathon is challenging (3,000 feet in elevation) but well worth the
views. It is best to pick a day that is clear and sunny. Directions: To reach
the trailhead, start out where Monroe Street and 3rd Avenue intersect. Follow
the trailhead road upward out of town. The Jeep Trail route will take you up to
the top (It's a 4.1-mile loop), but no matter home much you climb you’ll be
rewarded with gorgeous views of all the surrounding mountain ridges.
- Many other
adventure activities including hikes, water-taxi drop-offs at secluded coves
around the bay, kayaking, fishing, air tours and more.