Seward to Anchorage; what to do

May 17th, 2001, 02:02 PM
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Paige
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Seward to Anchorage; what to do

Our ship docks in Seward at 8:00 a.m. and our flight leaves Anchorage at 9:30 p.m. We have rental car reserved in Seward to drop off in Anchorage. How do we spend the day?
 
May 17th, 2001, 07:25 PM
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You MUST do a Kenai Fjords tour right there in Seward before heading towards Anchorage. On the way to Anchorage, there is Portage glacier to visit or take a boat ride on. I think that's about all the time you'll have as the Fjords trip alone is about four hours or so and you can add another hour for the Portage glacier. The scenery is incredible and you'll want to pull over to take pictures. It is a several hour drive from Seward to Anchorage and you'll need to stop for meals of course.
Enjoy!
 
May 17th, 2001, 07:34 PM
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Hi Paige,

You can stay in Seward for a few hours and take the cruise through the Kanai Fiords. You will see more wildlife than you ever wish to see. Much more than the cruise ship tours. Awful lot of whales and thousands of puffins, just to name a couple.

You can take a walk on the Exit Glacier.

You can visit the wonderful Sealife Pavillion.

The scenery is extraordinary.

You may, on your way to Anchorage, stop at the Portage Glacier. The administration bldg. has some really neat glacier worms you can play with.

You can also stop at the Gold Creek mine on the same road and pan for gold.

Is this enough to keep you busy?

Paul
 
May 21st, 2001, 01:21 PM
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Great ideas! Thanks for the input. Do we book the Kenai Fjords tour thru our cruise ship or at dock in Seward.

How long DOES it take to drive to Anchorage? I had heard three hours.
 
May 21st, 2001, 02:46 PM
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Three hours is more than adequate, not counting any stops such as Portage Glacier or Girdwood/Alyeska.

On the way into town, you might detour off the Seward Hwy. into Hope, an interesting historic gold-mining community on the south shore of Turnagain Arm.

Or, assuming your cruise was northward through the inside passage etc., as a change for the day you might consider a flightseeing trip in a float plane from Lake Hood in Anchorage (near the main airport) - it's the largest seaplane base in the world, and an hour or so in a light plane can give you a feel for the vastness of the area, maybe see some animals from the air, in general have a very different experience than a water-based one on a cruise ship or on the Kenai Fjords tour. Lots of fun, too.
 
May 21st, 2001, 09:21 PM
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Hi Paige,

Very few cruise lines offer the Kenai Fjords Tours.

You can contact them directly at 1-800-478-8068.

Since their 6 hour tour doesn't return until 5:30 PM it will not fit your schedule. The three hour tour of Resurrection Bay is your alternative @ $54 pp.

Paul
 
May 22nd, 2001, 10:59 PM
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From Seward, stop and take a little hike to Exit Glacier. it really is quite different from those you'll see on the ship. We also stopped and took the double deck train from portage across to prince william sound, then caught the same train back as it wass too rainy to take a boat ride on the sound. the scenery was beautiful and we saw so much wildlife. check out your guide book on the Turnagain Arm, and keep your eyes open. We saw beluga whales, Dahl sheep on the hills, bears, moose and the petrified forests are bizzare! You'll have no trouble killing time.
 

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