Are you thinking about taking an Alaska road trip from Anchorage to Seward?  Or maybe you are thinking of going in the opposite direction from Seward to Anchorage. 

No matter which direction you are going, this post will help you know exactly where to stop along the way.

This Alaska road trip is absolutely beautiful.  You are going to have a fabulous time!  In this post we will start in Anchorage and list the best places to stop along your route to Seward.  If you are coming from Seward you can start at the bottom of the page and work your way up! 

Let’s explore all the great stops on your Alaska road trip from Anchorage to Seward! This route along the Seward Highway is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America!

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Map of Anchorage to Seward

The drive from Anchorage to Seward is 2 hours and 20 minutes.  You can rent a car in Anchorage or you might want to rent an RV.  

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Hot Tip

As you drive on Seward Highway be aware.  Wildlife can cross the road at anytime particularly moose. 

Are There Other Ways to Get to Seward?

Yes. There are a few different ways to get to Seward. If you do not want to rent a car you can always take the train, book a cruise itinerary that ports in Seward, or hire a private shuttle.

Train from Anchorage to Seward

The train follows a similar path to Seward as driving for the first 50 miles.  The train stops in Girdwood and then continues on towards Seward.

You will then travel through the Chugach National Forest.  Towards the end of the line you will meet back up with the main highway.  

Departure/Arrival:

Departs – 6:45 am 

Arrives – 11:05 am

Duration:

4.5 hours

Price

Adults $99 – $224 

Children: $50-132

The prices depend on the day of the week.  There are two classes of train tickets: Adventure and GoldStar Dome. The GoldStar Dome offers passengers luxury rail service with reserved upper deck seating beneath large dome windows and all-inclusive meals.  

The train operates from May 8th to September 20th. During the train ride there is a narration by host guides.   

Turnagain Arm - Beluga Point

Anchorage to Seward dive Beluga Point

Mile Marker: 110.5

Time for Stop: 10–30 Minutes

As you begin your drive from Anchorage to Seward the first major pull-off is called Beluga Point.  It is only 6.5 miles south of the Anchorage City Limits or about 14 miles from downtown Anchorage.  The pull off is located on the right side of the road.  

Beluga Point extends into the waters of Turnagain Arm.  Beluga Whales often congregate in this area from mid-July-August.  Don’t worry if you are not traveling during those months this area is still a beautiful stop.  The tides are always changing and it is fun to watch. You can grab a few amazing pictures and be on your way to Seward.  

Hikes and Recreation Areas Near Turnagain Arm

Mile Marker: 109

Windy Corner is a quick stop to see the Dall sheep. They tend to congregate in this area. 

Mile Marker: 111

McHugh Creek Reservation Area is a pull off that has a 20 foot waterfall to check out.  There is a parking fee of $5.  If you are up for a hike there is a 6.4 mile trail located here. 

Mile Marker: 115

Potter Trailhead is a 9 mile beautiful trail run or hike.

Make a Stop in Girdwood

Anchorage to Seward Girdwood

Mile Marker: 90

Time for Stop: 1-4 hours

Girdwood has a few activities you may want to check out.

Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center

Alaska Conservation Center in Girdwood

Mile Marker: 79

Time at Center: 20 minutes – 2 hours

Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving wildlife.  There are over 200 acres of animals such as: brown bears, moose, black bears, wood bison, caribou, muskox, bull elk, elk, reindeer, wolves, coyotes, and other animals native to Alaska.

Hours

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Admission

Adults: $17

Children: (7-17): $13

6 and under: Free

The conservation center is a drive or walk through area. It is a 1.5 miles loop.   You can also book tours that are an additional cost and explore with a guide.  There are free educational programs throughout the day.

Portage Glacier

Portage Glacier Alaska

Mile Marker: At mile marker 79 you will exit on Portage Glacier Road.

Portage Glacier is located about one hour south of Anchorage.  It is near Girdwood.  There are glacier tours that will take you on Portage Lake and out to the Portage Glacier.  Most of the cruises originate from Anchorage.  However, there is a Portage Lake Cruise that originates at Portage Lake.  It is a one hour tour.

Time to Cruise: 1 hour

Admission:

Adults: $45

Children: $25

Departures: 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm

Begich Boggs Visitor Center

If you don’t have time to take a boat tour you can still drive to the Begich Boggs Visitor Center in the Chugach National Forest.  At the visitor center there is a film and exhibits about the glacier.  It does cost $5 to enter (free with the National Park Pass)

Hot Tip

You can not see the Portage Glacier from the visitor center.  In the last century the glacier has receded. However, you can see large chunks of ice floating in the lake.  These pieces of ice have fallen off the glacier. 

Hike Portage Pass

Miles: 4 round Trip

This hike has beautiful views of the glacier.  However, it is a little tricky to get to the trailhead.  You will have to pay a $13 dollar toll to drive through the Whittier Tunnel.

Alyeska Tram

Alyeska Tram in Girdwood Alaska

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Time at Alyeska Ski Resort: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Mile Marker: At Girdwood take the Alyeska Hwy to the Alyeska Ski Resort.  The road ends at the hotel where the ticket office and tram are located. 

The Alyeska Tram is a seven minute ride to an observation deck with breathtaking views.  You can see wildlife, glaciers, mountains, and beautiful spruce trees. 

Enjoy Biking and Hiking Trails

Biking in Girdwood

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Girdwood has some great hikes and bike trials. 

You can rent bikes and enjoy the following trails:

  • Girdwood to Indian Bike Path (13 miles) Easy
  • Trail of Blue Ice (10 miles) Moderate off road
  • Winner Creek Trail (3 miles) Easy 
  • Beaver Pond Trail (2.5 miles) Easy
  • Trestles Trail (Mountain Biking) Beginner Trail

Great Hiking Trails include:

  • Winner Creek Trail (3 miles) Easy
  • North Face Trail (2 mile) Difficult 
  • Crow Pass (21 miles) Moderate 

On Crow Pass you do not have to hike the entire way to see breathtaking sites.  

Stop at the Kenai Peninsula Sign

Kenai Peninsula Sign

Mile Marker: 75

This sign is your first indication that you have crossed onto the peninsula. It is a great place to get out and take a picture.  

Hope Junction

Hope Junction on the Seward Highway

Mile Marker: 53 -56

This is a very beautiful stop.  You can get out and stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  If you want to explore the road less traveled you can pull off the Seward Highway and check out the historic town of Hope.  

Things to do in Hope Alaska

Hope is one of the original gold rush towns.  It is 17 miles off the Seward Highway.  Although hope is a small town of only 200 residents it offers a variety of activities.  You can pan for gold, fish in Resurrection Creek, or raft on class IV or V rapids. 

There are also a lot of great hikes and camping spots in the area. 

Moose Pass

Anchorage to Seward- moose Pass

Mile Marker: 29

Moose Pass is a scenic mountain village.  It is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest.

Things to Do at Moose Pass

If you want to stop at Moose Pass be sure to check out the Trail Lake Hatchery. This hatchery has fish that are released into the lakes and streams nearby. 

Hours: 

8:00 am -5:00pm

Hiking Near Moose Pass

Crater Lake Trail is a great 3.7 mile trail.  It is a beautiful scenic hike. Johnson Pass is also located near Moose Pass.

Summer Solstice 

One of the biggest events of the year is the Summer Solstice.  The festival is always around June 21.  It is the longest day of the year. 

Exit Glacier - Kenai Fjords National Park

Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park

Mile Marker: 8.6

Time to Hike: 2 hours

Exit Glacier is part of Kenai Fjords National ParkHiking to the Exit Glacier is a must.  It is a beautiful easy trail that is about a mile long.  You can also hike to the Harding IceField from the Exit Glacier National Park Visitor Center. 

Exit Glacier is a must! 

Bear Creek Weir

Bier Weir near Seward Alaska

Mile Marker: 6.6

Bear Creek Weir is a Salmon sanctuary.  There are 1000’s of Salmon jumping out of the water.  You can not fish here as it is only a viewing area.  

We loved stopping here and seeing the salmon.  

You Made it from Anchorage to Seward!

visit Seward Alaska

This beautiful drive from Anchorage to Seward is a must for your Alaska itinerary.  There are some fun things to do in Seward that you will need to check out once you arrive. 

Sometimes it is nice to enjoy the journey and the Seward Highway is the perfect scenic drive to do just that.  One thing that we loved was during the summer it was light all day and night! 

We were able to enjoy the drive both from Anchorage to Seward and then when we returned from Seward to Anchorage.  It was amazing! 

I hope you have a blast on your Anchorage to Seward road trip! 

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