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We will have one day--6 AM until midnight approximately-- to spend in the area between the cities of Seward and Anchorage in mid -August. Our cruise ship docks at 6 AM in Seward and our flight home from Anchorage departs at 1:41 AM the next morning. From my research, we could take a morning bus to Anchorage, take an evening train to Anchorage, or take an all day tour of the region with a day trip company. We’re looking for light hiking or a bus tour (especially for photos), not kayaking, cruising, or flights (we we would have done the latter three during the cruise). We’re looking for a land tour, basically.

Is it better to go directly to Anchorage and get there in time for some museums in the afternoon? Or is it better to spend more time in the area on the way to Anchorage? And, what is there to do/see in the long summer evening in Anchorage, besides enjoying a good meal, and then strolling through the streets?

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
Kathy

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    Seward is a small place, mainly a fishing village and cruise port. Since you don't want to do any water related activities, I would say take the train or bus to Anchorage and go from there.

    Depending on your cruise line (and I am guessing you are on Princess or HAL), they can make arrangeemnt for your luggage to be transferred directly to the airport, taking the burden away from you to lug along all your luggage everywhere you go.

    The cruise line transfer takes to to Anchorage downtown (The Conevntion Center was used while we were there but it could have been a downtown hotel banquet hall) where they have a facility where you can sit and relax or leave your carry-on luggage behind and walk around town; return there later to catch a transfer to the airport. We did exactly that but our flight wasn't as late as yours so make sure you check what time they will close the plsce down and what time is the last transfer leaving for the airport.

    You wouldn't have problem finding things to do during the day but after 9 pm when it is still bright and places started to close down, there isn't much sight seeing to do.

    My suggestion would be take the transfer to Anchorage and explore Anchorage on your own. Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center would be a good place to stop and if you enjoy a short hike, Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is about 11 miles. Both are easily accessble from downtown. The tourist info center is right at the Convention Center where you can get a free map.

    Although the sun is still out late (10 pm and it is still bright!), it could get cool so dress warmer. The temperature is more fall late in teh evening. Make sure you allow plenty of time for a late diner around 9 pm and when youa re done, cab to the airport and that would be it.

    The alternative would be a private tour but they would finsih around 5 or 6 and still leave you a whole 5 to 6 hours in the evening before heading out to the airport.

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    We continued on a land tour from Seward and stayed over night at a ski resort which wasn't too interesting. However, we took a small boat from Seward down the Kenai peninsula that was very interesting for awide variety of wild life that we saw as well as more glaciers. When we returned to Seward we toured the aquarium which wa sfirst rate and unique. Ancorage is like a lot of American cities - much of downtown has moved out into the suburbs, and therefore the downtown is not very interesting. There are howver some great places to eat. You could do these things and get to the airport a bit early.

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    Eschew and Rome-Thanks for your replies. If there isn't enough to do in Seward itself, then I think we'll do one of the other two options.

    The bus goes directly to Anchorage in the AM so this option would give us the time for museums, town, and part of the Knowles trail which we did think about doing. Our cruise is with Regent and we opted out of the flights, so the luggage transfers through them are not available. I've looked at the convention center for luggage storage, but it is only available until 5 or 6 PM. So if we go early our best bet is luggage storage at the airport (checked into that and is available, and early flight check-in of luggage might be too). We'd then take the town bus or taxi into downtown for the rest of the day and evening. I'm not too worried about luggage storage in any case. We travel with carry-on, wheeled, and if we had to, we'd drag it with us to dinner.

    Since the train doesn't leave for Anchorage until 6 PM, the other option is a day tour, and I think I found one that might work. (Funny but several tours from Seward aren't available on the day we arrive, so this was an exhausting search to find one that did). It sounds good actually. The tour company is called "Shoretrips" and would travel around the in between area ending about 5 PM in Anchorage. We'd drop the luggage again at the airport and go into town on our own for a meal. Anyone know of this company? Is this our best day option?

    What were your favorite places to eat in Anchorage? Nothing too fancy, but a nice long leisurely meal.

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