Seward Highway All American Road
- DesignationAll-American Road (1998/2002)
- Intrinsic QualitiesRecreation, Scenic
- Length127 miles
Heading south out of Anchorage, the first 50 miles follow the base of the Chugach Mountains on one side and the shore of Turnagain Arm on the other. Common to see beluga whales, Dall sheep, eagles, and waterfalls. The western route is mountainous and offers spectacular views as the traveler heads through the wild to the city of Seward.
Story of the Byway
Recognized for its scenic, natural, historical and recreational values, the Seward Highway holds triple designation: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road. Showcasing the natural beauty of south-central Alaska between Anchorage and Seward, views of jagged peaks and alpine meadows to breathtaking fjords and crystal lakes will give the visitor a concentrated series of diverse landscapes and experiences. Sights include Beluga whales or dog teams in the winter. Tourists can hike along rocky slopes near Exit Glacier, just north of the City of Seward or peer through a telescope mounted high upon the cliffs at McHugh Creek wayside to catch wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Seward Highway runs through the Chugach National Forest. Take the New Bridge spanning Granite Creek, a roaring glacier -fed river, near the historic town of Hope and stay in the Granite Creek campground. Towering mountains, mature spruce forest, and many glaciers await you. Biking is a popular activity at Granite Creek, with a paved bike path along the Seward Highway that extends for 5 miles south to the Hope Road. Along the path, look for wild raspberries to pick or wildflowers to smell. Dolly Varden trout, moose, snowshoe hare, black and brown bears, and mountain goats call this area home. A mile east of Granite Creek is Johnson Pass Trail, a well-maintained 23-mile trail of mostly level terrain and breathtaking vistas. Nearby is Six Mile Creek, with Class V whitewater for rafting and kayaking. Remember bears frequent the area; keep your food in approved containers and prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing your firewood near your camp.
The route begins on Highway 9 in the town of Seward and Resurrection Bay. Traveling northward to the town of Portage, the route takes a westerly direction on Highway 1 along the Turnagain Arm and into Anchorage.
Points of Interest
Potter Creek Viewpoint and Trail
Learn about moose eating habits, boreal forest, and the Alaska Railroad.
Crow Creek Mine
Pan for gold.
Johnson Pass Trail
Part of old Iditarod Trail
Where swans rest on their spring and fall migration
Moose Pass and Trail Lakes
Recreation and flight-seeing opportunities
Hatchery at Trail Lakes
Rearing facility only
Exit Glacier at Seward
Can you see it move?
Alaska Sealife Center
Combines a public aquarium with marine research, education, and wildlife response. Visitors to our "windows to the sea" have close encounters with puffins, octopus, harbor seals, sea lions, and other marine life.
Jerome Lake- mile 38.4
Tern Lake USFS Wildlife Viewing Area
May see moose, nesting birds, mountain goats, sheep
Enjoy Alaska Wildlife Between Anchorage and Seward
Begin at Anchorage, taking Highway 1 to the south. The Chugach Mountains will be on one side and the shore of Turnagain Arm on the other. Wildlife, sea life, and native plants will be inspirational as you travel this byway. Stop at Crow Creek Mine and try panning for gold! Next up will be Johnson Pass Trail, a former Iditarod Trail. Be sure to stop at Jerome Lake for the great view. The Tern Lake Pullover is near the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 9. Turn onto Highway 9 to Moose Pass, a great place to birdwatch. Save time to stop at the Trail Lakes Hatchery. Then enter Seward. Can you see the Exit Glacier moving? The Byway stops at the Alaska Sealife Center at Highway 9 and Railway Ave. Select from the many diners and restaurants on lodging options.
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