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The southern port city of Seward was founded back in 1903, making it one of Alaska’s oldest communities. The city is set against a scenic backdrop of the snow-capped Kenai Mountains, as well as the dazzling cobalt waters of Kenai Fjords National Park, which is home to glittering glaciers and whales. There’s a reason we list binoculars and cameras as essential for Seward cruises! During your time in the city, take a walk along Seward Harbour to watch the boats bobbing peacefully in the water, or pay a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Centre. If you’re bringing the whole family along on your Seward cruise, children will love the sea lions, octopus and fish to be seen here. As it’s situated at the head of Resurrection Bay, Seward also offers plentiful opportunities for getting out on the water. Why not spend the afternoon kayaking around glacial lakes and the Harding Icefield, or taking a sailing tour? If you’d prefer to stay on land, dog-sledding expeditions and cross-country skiing on the Iditarod Trail will open your eyes to the rugged landscape. Or, you might choose to explore on two wheels by cycling the idyllic Lost Lake Trail. The city used to be a railroad port, so has a lively centre with plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes (perfect for refreshments after an active morning out on the water). The downtown area has retained its old-world appeal with plenty of photogenic, quaint architecture. On the south side of town there’s a stretch named Lowell Point – from the sandy beach here, you can look out for rare bird species as well as humpback whales. Still have some energy? Stretch your legs with an energetic hike up to the top of Mount Marathon, the peak of which offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding fjords.
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