Alaska,  Travel

Mountains, Ocean, and Glaciers (Seward, Alaska)

Typically, when we plan vacations or getaways, you go with a purpose or with a particular plan in place. It may be to visit a national park, tour a museum, do a fishing trip, or stay at an Air BnB. What I love about Alaska is that you can visit a place and have a variety of things to do, but with also the experience of views and what Alaska has to offer all in one place!

Seward, Alaska, is a cute little fishing town, where its location has mountains, ocean, and glaciers.

The drive from Anchorage is a beautiful 3-hour drive. We always stop along the way to take photos no matter how many times we have done so before. You’ll pass Girdwood and Whittier, two other small but attractive towns to visit. We actually stopped in Girdwood on our way back!

Glenn Highway. The drive on the way to Seward.

Seward is a gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, where glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield into coastal fjords. There is always a chance to see wildlife in this port city in southern Alaska where you may find whale, seals, and porpoise.

Sea otter floating on his back by the boat dock
Air BnB suite located in downtown Seward

Although I have been to Seward a handful of times since living in Alaska, last weekend (Oct 10, 2019) was the first time my guy, “Maestro”, and I went. We stayed at a very cute, historical Air BnB apartment suite that is located above a cafe. The history of the place is that it used to be a brothel and is located in the heart of downtown with views of the Resurrection Bay. It was perfect for walking to and from shops, restaurants, and the SeaLife Center.

The SeaLife Center is a public aquarium and Alaska’s only rehabilitation center for wildlife. The facility inhabits a variety of wildlife such as puffins, starfish, seals, and much more. What I have found is that the center is not just a “go see” aquarium, but strives to serve as a source for education. The tickets to the Alaska SeaLife Center support expert animal care, scientific research, and education.

Our entire tour at SeaLife Center took about an hour and a half. It was worth the visit! We learned about the many types of fish, watched seals swim majestically underwater, pet starfish, and see puffins. You can also pay extra to do one of their “Experience” programs such as watching them feed puffins or to shake hands with an octopus!

Touching the starfish!

For such a small city, Seward has a diversity of things to do. Eat lunch at one of the restaurants with a view of the harbor. Book a boat tour with a chance to see some whales. Go on a hike to see Portage Glacier – that is what I did the first weekend I moved to Alaska! The thing about Alaska is that you never get tired of visiting a place more than once.

Overlooking Ressurection Bay

Seward, Alaska, is a must-see and visit! If you have any questions about Seward or would like to share your own Alaskan experience, drop a comment below!

 

 

References:

https://www.alaskasealife.org/

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Hey ya’ll! I’m Mango, and I’m a Filipino American born and raised in good ‘ole North Carolina. I’m a Jeep enthusiast, dog mom, social worker, and passionate foodie (I like cooking but mostly eating and taking pictures of my food). Currently, I’m living my best life in Alaska!

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