Seward Highway Tour

We recommend two different routes traveling from Anchorage to Seward:
Scenario #1) Adults with a moderate to advance hiking level.
Scenario #2) Large groups, adults at an easy hiking level, or families with children under 12.

These routes can always be reversed! These tours will take anywhere from 7-10 hours, so it will be best to leave Anchorage early with plenty of snacks and be sure your car is full of gas! There is only one gas station along the route, located 40 miles south of Anchorage.

 

Scenario #1 (moderate to advanced):

1) A favorite hike is Bird Ridge, halfway between Anchorage and Girdwood, heading south on the Seward Highway (HWY 1). www.alaska.org or dnr.alaska.gov

2) Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It’s best to plan ahead and visit their website so you can attend the park during feeding times. Their website is www.alaskawildlife.org. The center is located about 15 miles south of Girdwood, on the right of the Seward Highway.

3) After leaving, continue south and take the left hand turn to Portage. Enjoy the breath taking views of Portage Lake. www.travelalaska.com

4) Drive to Hope and enjoy lunch at the Seaview Cafe. Explore this quaint, quiet town with all its surrounding beauty. Hope turn off is located about 60 miles south of Anchorage. You will drive the Hope Highway, about 15 miles and take a right at the cafe there on the Hwy. Seaview Cafe is the only cafe located close to the beach on Main Street, next to the Community Hall. It’s fun to get lost in Hope since it only has two streets!

* FYI, reversing this tour, Seward to Anchorage, will put you on Bird Ridge in the sun 🙂

 

Scenario #2 (easy hiking):

1) Drive to Girdwood and follow the signs to the Alyeska Prince Hotel. Take the tram up the mountain and feel the joy of standing on top of a mountain! If there are hikers amongst you, you can always hike the mountain and meet the rest of your party at the top. This is an advanced hike!

2) Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It’s best to plan ahead and visit their website so you can attend the park during feeding times. Their website is www.alaskawildlife.org. The center is located about 15 miles south of Girdwood, on the right of the Seward Highway.

3) After leaving, continue south and take the left hand turn to Portage. Enjoy the breath taking views of Portage Lake.  www.travelalaska.com

4) Drive to Hope and enjoy lunch at the Seaview Cafe. Explore this quaint, quiet town with all its surrounding beauty. Hope turn off is located about 60 miles south of Anchorage. You will drive the Hope Highway, about 15 miles and take a right at the cafe there on the Hwy. Seaview Cafe is the only cafe located close to the beach on Main Street, next to the Community Hall. It’s fun to get lost in Hope since it only has two streets!

We recommend for larger groups that are able to split up- half take the train and the other half take the vehicle- to take advantage of both scenic ways to get to and from Seward. Askala Alaska will book all your lodging, transportation and tours!

 

We hope you enjoy the drive and all the amazing beauty our great state has to offer!

Happy Trails!

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