As a traveler and road tripper, I have driven throughout the majority of the fifty states including Alaska and Hawaii. There have been drives that I wished would have ended quickly and others that I wished would have never ended. Seward Highway in Alaska was one of those scenic byways that I wished would have never ended, or at least lasted a bit longer.
Seward Highway starts off in the city of Anchorage, winds down along the edges of the water, through a scenic mountainous pass and spills out into the fishing town of Seward. This 127 mile scenic drive is recognized for its natural beauty, historical significance and recreational value. It is not surprising that Seward Highway holds three major designations: USDA Forest Service Scenic Byway, Alaska Scenic Byway, and All-American Road.
While my friends and I were road tripping in Alaska, we drove Seward Highway Roundtrip from Anchorage to Seward. Once we left the major city of Anchorage, we found ourselves along a gorgeous byway with coastline views, lush tree lines and incredible photo stops. The drive was one of our favorites on our trip and was outright amazing.
There were so many magnificent stops along the way and since we were flying by the seat of our pants, I unfortunately did not take note of the names. If you are driving from Anchorage to Seward, the road stops that we enjoy are listed in this order. You can also use the map above to research other stops along the way.
- Beluga Whale Watching Point
- Railway with coastal views (be careful as the trainline is active)
- Waterfall viewing from bridge platforms along lush pine trees
- Lakeside views and the morning mists rising over the lakes on our way back
- A delightful lake surrounded by trees and filled with lily pads
- A mountains drive during the last stretch to Seward
My friends and I had taken our time when we drove from Anchorage to Seward. After our breakfast we started our drive once morning traffic died down and hit the stops that looked interesting along the drive. Although it was raining on and off, it did not matter much to us. The low lying fog made the drive and scenery more mystical.
If you are planning on driving this inspirational byway, Seward Highway, I suggest that you take your time along the way. This road was meant for you to get out of the car, take a lot of photos, create some life long memories and BREATHE!
For more information, Seward Highway, Scenic Byways, Transportation & Public Facilities, State of Alaska
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