One Man's Alaska

My Seward, Alaska vacation drive

February 28, 2011

The Seward, Alaska scenic drive: As I mentioned in an earlier post today, I just came back from a short vacation in beautiful Seward, Alaska. One of the things many Alaskans may take for granted is that the drive alone down to Seward is a beautiful vacation for tourists. Most of the drive is through a national forest, it's lined with mountains and bodies of water, and there isn't much traffic, especially this time of year.

To pay a little homage that is the vacation drive to Seward, here's a short collection of photos from my recent drive, with just a wee bit of narrative about each photo.

First up, when I left Palmer and started driving on the Parks Highway to Anchorage, I ran into this fog, created by the unfrozen Knik River on a very cold day:

Knik River fog, Parks Highway, Alaska

Once you get through Anchorage and start driving south to Seward, Alaska, you'll come across a body of water which I believe is named Turnagain Arm. In the summer it's a body of water, but in the winter it looks like a collection of icebergs:

Ice in Turnagain Arm, south of Anchorage, Alaska

Now on the drive to Seward you'll be surrounded by mountains for the entire trip. Here's one view out of the thousands and thousands of views you'll see:

Vacation drive to Seward, Alaska

And here's another view of the drive to Seward:

Vacation drive to Seward, Alaska (mountain and blue sky)

Of course once you're in Seward the views are still pretty spectacular. The white building on the right is the back of the Van Gilder Hotel:

Seward, Alaska port (harbor) area

On the drive back from Seward I decided to take a detour towards Portage, Alaska. Here's one photo from that detour:

Mountains, snow and ice in Portage, Alaska

And here's a second photo from the Portage, Alaska area:

Portage and Whittier, Alaska area, winter, 2011

As you can see, a vacation drive to Seward, Alaska can be pretty spectacular. Imagine driving through views like this for about two and a half hours (or longer, because you'll probably stop a lot more than I just did), and you'll have a little idea of what this wonderful drive is like.

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