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Scenic Drives (South)

Seward Highway

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 American Road.
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).
If you 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.
The 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).



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