Located about two-and-a-half hours from Seward, Anchorage makes a worthwhile day trip. Home to numerous opportunities for exploring outdoor recreation, wildlife, Native culture, history and art, Anchorage is a must-see stop to add to any Alaska itinerary.
In Anchorage, spend time outdoors taking in the beauty of the Prince William Sound, hiking in Chugach National Forest, kayaking on Lake Eklutna, taking a boat ride to Portage Glacier or bird-watching in the Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. If you’re interested in learning about Native culture, head to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where you can learn about 11 different Native cultural groups through dance, storytelling, art, handicrafts and village recreations.
Anchorage is also home to a number of history and art institutions, some of which include the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, the Wells Fargo History Museum, Imaginarium Discovery Center and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
For getting from Seward to Anchorage, it is recommended to take the Seward Highway, declared a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Forest Service. Along the way you’ll enjoy a number of diverse landscapes, like sublime fjords, sparkling glaciers, alpine meadows, jagged peaks and majestic lakes. There are also many experiences to stop for along the way, like snapping photos at the Kenai Lake viewpoint, touring one of Alaska’s oldest mining towns at Hope Junction, hiking nature trails around Portage Lake, and seeing moose, Siberian boar, caribou and bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.