Seward Highway All American Road

Details

  • DesignationAll-American Road (1998/2002)
  • Intrinsic QualitiesRecreation, Scenic
  • LocationAK
  • Length127 miles
Byway Visitor Information
Seward Hwy All American Byway Association
Statewide Byway Partners
Alaska Department of Transportation
Downloadable Alaska Byway Map
Kenai Fjords National Park is a rugged landscape that has been shaped by glaciers reaching to the sea.
National Park Service. Photo

Overview

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.

Local Byway Partners

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.

Driving Directions

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

  • Summit Lake

    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

    Scenic Viewpoint

  • Tern Lake USFS Wildlife Viewing Area

    May see moose, nesting birds, mountain goats, sheep

Itinerary

  • 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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