Scenic Drives (South)
From Anchorage driving south there is
just one highway to take. The Seward
Highway is one of 20 highways across the
nation that have been designated as an All
The adventure begins
almost immediately upon departing for the
Kenai Peninsula. Along the Turnagain Arm,
just a few miles out of town, Dall sheep are
often seen grazing along the roadside. On a windy day during summer months, windsurfers
often take advantage of the strong tides and plentiful daylight to brave the cold waters of
Cook Inlet for some of the most exhilarating windsurfing found anywhere. A little further down the road,
pods of beluga whales can be seen making their way along Turnagain Arm.
2] Consider a side trip to Portage to tour the Begich Boggs Visitor Center and view Portage
Lake Glacier. After a restful stop to view the spectacular glacier, drive further down the
Seward Highway to the Kenai Peninsula. There’s a fork in the highway at about Mile 90.
There, take the low road (right fork) onto the Sterling Highway to Homer. On the way to
Homer, visitors will drive along the world famous Kenai River, pass through the Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge, and pass by the Russian town of Ninilchik. Once you’ve reached
the end of the road at Homer, relax and enjoy this seaside town.
VoFromn Homer to Seward
3] After spending a day in Homer fishing and sightseeing, prepare for another scenic drive
to Seward or check the ferry schedule for a possible trip to Seward (car and all).
drive, follow the Sterling Highway to the fork and again take the right fork to get back onto
the Seward Highway heading south for Seward. The highway ends about 35 miles away at
Seward, a little seaside town nestled between the mountains and Resurrection Bay.
town’s small boat harbor is home to a variety of marine vessels, ranging from commercial
fishing to leisure sailing boats. Wildlife lovers might consider a day cruise out to the Kenai
Fjords National Park, while nature lovers may opt for a short hike to Exit Glacier, just outside
of town. The 4th of July is always a popular time to visit Seward. Local festivities include a
parade and the historic Mount Marathon Race (four straight miles up Mount Marathon).