Kenai Fjords National Park
130 miles south of Anchorage lies the quaint seaside town of Seward, gateway to the magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park. Within the crystal green waters of the Fjords is an abundant array of tidewater and piedmont glaciers. Marine wildlife includes otters, sea lions, harbor seals, humpback and orca whales, porpoises, puffins and kittiwakes. Kenai Fjords National Park is most easily accessed by tour boat from Seward or by driving out to Exit Glacier, just outside of Seward. Wildlife and glacier exhibits are available at the Small Boat Harbor visitor center and the Alaska Sealife Center.
Many visitors arrive in Seward via cruise ship after an Inside Passage tour. For a great day trip, Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park can be reached by car or via the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage. Another great option is the Park Connection Motorcoach, with daily summer service and morning or afternoon departures from Anchorage. See our Seward Transportation page for a complete list of options.
A great location to stay before or after an Alaska cruise, or for several nights during a land tour, Seward offers several unique lodging opportunities. The Harbor 360 Hotel has a great location overlooking the small boat harbor where Kenai Fjords cruises depart. We also recommend the Seward Windsong Lodge for a wonderful full service property, overlooking the Resurrection glacial river valley with a secluded setting on the edge of town. Both properties allow quick and convenient access to Kenai Fjords National Park.
A cruise into the Kenai Fjords National Park is a must during your visit to Alaska. Kenai Fjords cruises out of Seward range from five, six, eight or ten hours in duration and encompass various areas of the Park, including Resurrection Bay, Fox Island, Holgate Arm and the Northwestern Fjord. Other top attractions include a relaxed hike to the face of Exit Glacier and a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Sea kayaking and fishing out of Seward are great ways to gain a more up-close and personal experience with the Kenai Fjords surroundings. Seward also offers a great selection of unique gift shops and cafes, in addition to beachcombing, hiking, and horseback riding. See our Seward Tours page for a complete list of options.
For more information on Kenai Fjords National Park we suggest you visit the National Park Service web site for Kenai Fjords National Park.
More Alaska Parks
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