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Seward Highway


Seward Highway showcases the natural beauty of south-central Alaska between Anchorage and Seward. With Cooper Landing as a halfway point, visitors can explore the historic town’s other attractions, then take a day or two to see the southern half of the highway before traveling the northern half.

From jagged peaks and alpine meadows to breathtaking fjords and crystal lakes, find a concentrated series of diverse landscapes and experiences. See sights such as Beluga whales or dog teams in the winter. Recognized for its scenic, natural, historical, and recreational values, the 127-mile Seward Highway holds the designation of US Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.

The first 50 miles of the Seward Highway skirts the base of the Chugach Mountains and the shore of Turnagain Arm, where it's common to see beluga whales, Dall sheep, waterfalls, and eagles. The remainder of the drive courses through the mountains, offering dramatic views of wild Alaska.

Just south of Anchorage, learn about moose eating habits, the boreal forest, and the Alaska Railroad at Potter Creek Viewpoint and Trail. Look for bore tides, beluga whales, and the effects of the 1964 9.2 magnitude earthquake along the road. Hundreds of spruce trees were killed when the ground dropped and the trees were left standing in saltwater.

Other highlights along the way include hiking a portion of the 23-mile Johnson Pass Trail, which follows the path of the old Iditarod Trail; driving to the historic mining town of Hope, a beautiful 18-mile side trip from Canyon Creek Bridge; and viewing Summit Lake for a taste of alpine Alaska where swans rest on their spring and fall migrations.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Seward Highway

The highway’s name comes from William Henry Seward, who purchased Alaska from Russia for the United States.

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