Seward Alaska is a Gulf of Alaska coastal town of approximately 2500 situated on Resurrection Bay, adjacent to Kenai Fjords National Park. Many people feel it's the ideal base from which to explore this majestic national park.
The bay's name originates from its
Russian roots when, on Easter Sunday in 1792, explorer Alexander
Baranof first spotted and then named it Resurrection Bay.
The Town of Seward itself was named
after William Henry Seward, who was President Abraham Lincoln's
Secretary of State. Seward was instrumental in the purchase of Alaska
from the Russians in 1867.
The history of the famous Iditarod
Trail and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race belongs largely to Seward
Alaska. The route to Anchorage was first frequented by gold-diggers
and soon after dog sleds were transporting mail, goods and supplies
through the trail. The trail is now the route of the current Alaska
Of course as the twentieth century
progressed the use of dog-sleds drastically declined. Then in the
late 1960s Dorothy G. Page conceived the idea of having a race on the
trail to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Alaska. The first
race held on it's current route to Nome was run in 1973, and since
then the Iditarod has become a world-famous event.
The Alaska Sealife Center is a renowned research center which houses both a public aquarium and research center in the same facility. Visitors can have close encounters with sea lions, octopus, puffins, and other sea-life while observing the work of conservation and research scientists.
Seward is home to the R/V Sikuliaq,
pronounced [see-KOO-lee-auk], a 261-foot oceanographic research ship
designed to smash through 2.5 feet of polar ice to reach needed
destinations for research. It's one of the most advanced ships of
it's kind, capable of, among other things, collecting sediment
samples from the seafloor, hosting remotely operated sea-craft, using
a flexible suite of winches to raise and lower scientific equipment,
and conducting water surveys from the sea bottom. It can be seen at
it's harbor home, the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal
Facility, otherwise known as "the cruise ship dock."
The Fourth of July is a major event in
Seward Alaska where the population can balloon from it's normal 2500
to 30,000. The event is full of festivities, community gatherings,
presentations, contests and specials events including the well-known
Mount Marathon Race.
Seward hosts one of the largest and
oldest fishing derbies in the State, The Seward Silver Salmon Derby.
Contestants' catches are turned in daily, sold, and the monies used
to fund conservation efforts and fisheries scholarships for high
And of course, like all the scenic
ports on the Alaskan coastline there are a multitude of thrilling
outdoor activities available around Seward including mountain biking,
hiking, mountain climbing, snow machining, cross country skiing,
camping, fishing, sea kayaking, white water rafting, cold water scuba
diving and dog mushing, not to mention excursions for viewing
wildlife like brown bears and humpback whales.