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Updated June 2023

If you are headed from Anchorage to Seward on the Seward Highway, you are in for the most amazing experience! Making a trip down the Seward highway should be part of any Alaska itinerary. These are just a few of the best things to see along the way. Alaska has stunning vistas at every turn driving the Seward Highway-Alaska Highway 1. This award-winning highway is recognized as the National Forest Scenic Byway, All American Road and Alaska Scenic Byway. Of all the places I’ve driven…this is still the top of the list for beauty.

Alaska Railroad Beluga Point
Alaska Railroad Beluga Point

The highway traverses 125-miles from Seward to Anchorage. Completed in 1951, you will drive through the scenic Kenai Peninsula, Chugach National Forest, Turnagain Arm, and Kenai Mountains. On our dream Alaska RV vacation, we started our adventure by driving to Seward, Sterling, and Homer, Alaska.

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Turnagain Arm Low Tide-Driving the Seward Highway Alaska
Turnagain Arm Low Tide-Seward Hwy

15 Enchanted Stops Anchorage to Seward

Cook Inlet stretches 180 miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Anchorage in south-central Alaska. The Cook Inlet then branches into the Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm at its northern end, almost surrounding Anchorage.

Exit Glacier View Rv and Us
Exit Glacier View

Driving the Seward Highway, you see the natural beauty of south-central Alaska. Exiting Anchorage, the highway hugs the coastline following the Turnagain Arm. They carved the highway from the jagged cliffs of the Chugach Mountains State Park. They list this in the top ten scenic drives in the WORLD! 

“There’s a land—oh, it beckons and beckons, and I want to go back—and I will.”

Discovering the Coastal Beauty of Turnagain Arm’s Scenic Seward Highway

On this beautiful day, we had clear blue skies. You see shining snowy peaks, green forests, alpine meadows, mountain glaciers, and crystal blue lakes all visible as you travel along the highway. The travel time to Seward is 3-hours. However, it is difficult not to pullover at every turnout taking another captivating photograph. There are panoramic views around every bend in the highway. So pretty much it can take you all day. None of your photographs will do justice to this spectacular scenery. It is just simply too difficult.

The highway climbs out of Anchorage over a hilltop, opening up to a breathtaking panorama of the Turnagain Arm. The Turnagain Arm received its name from the famed British explorer James Cook when he discovered it was not the “Inside Passage” he was looking for. Sadly, he had to “Turn Again” back into open waters. These are 14 of the most popular viewpoints, from Anchorage to Seward.  

Potters Marsh-Boardwalk View
Potters Marsh-Boardwalk View

 1. Birders Heaven the Potter Marsh (Milepost 116)

Our first stop is Potter Marsh. The marsh is a popular stop for migratory birds about 10-miles south of Anchorage. This is a Coastal Wildlife Refuge. Moose love Potter’s Marsh. The elevated boardwalk over the marsh keeps you above the wetlands, making the spotting of wildlife easier. Spotting scopes along the way brings distant wildlife into focus. Educational interpretive signs with information on native species found in the marsh.

The first wildlife we saw was eagles soaring high in the distance above the Marsh. A good pair of binoculars makes spotting birds easier. Always bring a refillable water bottle with plenty of water to quench your thirst on any hike. There is a large parking area to accommodate RVs and public restrooms.

Railroad Car Visitor Center at the Potter Section House
Railroad Car Visitor Center at the Potter Section House

Across the Road-Quick Stop at the Potter Section House

The section house is now a designated historic site and provides visitors with a glimpse into the history of the Alaska Railroad. Headquarters of Chugach State Park. The building has been preserved and restored, showcasing the living conditions and lifestyle of the railroad workers during that time. The Potter Section House was originally constructed in the early 1900s as part of the Alaska Railroad infrastructure. It served as a residence for the railroad section foreman and his family.

Alaska railroad Avalanche removal locomotive
Alaska railroad Avalanche removal locomotive

There is a huge snowplow engine used until the 1980s to clear avalanches from the tracks. Informational boards provide a lot of insight into how much of the display equipment was used, including a WWII troop transport car.

Beluga Point Lookout
Beluga Point Lookout

2. The Tide Turns – Beluga Point Overlook (Milepost 110)

At Mile point 110 Beluga Point is an excellent place to take a break, stretch your legs. The Alaska Railroad passes directly in front of the parking lot.

Beluga Point is a rocky outpost extending out into the waters of Turnagain Arm. They named it for the white Beluga whales that are often spotted chasing the salmon that run in the spring. Educational interpretive signs describe the history of this location.

Beluga Slough Trail view of the estuary
Beluga Slough Trail view of the estuary

Beluga Point has jaw-dropping 180-degree views of the Turnagain Arm and Kenai Mountains. We spent about 30-minutes scrambling over the rocks looking for Belugas in the bay but it was low tide so our chance was slim. You can often see Dall Sheep on the towering cliffs on the far side of the highway. We could see a few sheep on the mountainside today.

The park is an ideal place to watch the bore tide check the tidal charts for the best date and time. The bore tide is a rushing wave of seawater created during extremely low tide and a full moon. It forms a wave that is 6-10 feet high. We can sometimes see surfers running the wave as it enters the Turnagain Arm. I think that this would be a once in a lifetime moment!

NOTE: Do not walk the mudflats. They act much like quicksand and can be dangerous. Fatalities occur every year.

Salmon Fishing-Bird Creek-Seward Highway
Salmon Fishing-Bird Creek-Seward Highway

3. Fishing Paradise in Bird Creek (Milepost 100)

About 25-miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway, Bird Creek empties into Turnagain Arm. From July through September, anglers from all over the world descend on Bird Creek for the spectacular silver salmon runs. The best tackle to use includes Salmon Eggs, streamer flies, spoons, and spinners. “Combat Fishing” is the norm during this time as everyone vies for a prime fishing spot and a chance to catch the big one.

If you want a long hike, the Bird Creek Trail starts in the parking area. It is a moderately difficult out & back trail that is very popular with local Alaskans. We walk a short trail to the creek, searching for signs of salmon, before returning to the RV to continue our journey.

Never-ending Turnagain Arm Views - Seward Highway
Never-ending Turnagain Arm Views – Seward Highway

4. Best Views Bird Point Scenic Overlook (Milepost 97) 

The Bird Point Scenic Overlook is one of the best places to stop along the Seward Highway to take in the views of Turnagain Arm, the Chugach Mountains, and perhaps see some wildlife. Chugach State Park is Alaska’s third-largest state park.

 Here you can access the Bird to Gird paved multi-use pathway. If you plan to hike, prepare with a good jacket, a hat, and long pants. Invest in a magnificent pair of walking or hiking shoes. Pack some snacks and have a refillable water bottle before going up the trail. This is a 12-mile one-way trail that will take you a few hours to complete. It connects the communities of Girdwood, Bird, and Indian. The trail hugs the shoreline of the Turnagain Arm for most of the hike before the bike path passing under the highway. The trail follows the boundary of the Chugach State Park for the rest of the hike.

Lone surfer on the Turnagan mudflats to challenge the Bore Tide
Lone surfer on the Turnagan mudflats to challenge the Bore Tide

The Seward highway passes through the small towns of Girdwood, Portage, and Moose Pass before reaching Seward. I can’t imagine what this must have been like for the builders on the road. This route is thousands of years old. Explorers and gold miners long traversed this route before it became a major scenic byway. Part of me wishes to have seen it before they built the road.

"It's from an Aleut word, Alyeska. It means 'that which the sea breaks against, ' and I love that John Green
Welcome to Girdwood Alaska Sign with Alyeska Resort Ski Hill in the Background

5. Sky High Alyeska Aerial Tram-Girdwood (Milepost 90)

The city of Girdwood, located 20-miles outside of Anchorage, is a small ski resort that has a rich history. “Glacier City” as they originally called it, was later renamed after James E. Girdwood after he discovered gold in 1896.

Alyeska Tram Ride to the Top of the mountain waiting area
Alyeska TramWay

We found following the signs for the Alyeska Resort was relatively easy. From the resort, you can take the Alyeska Aerial Tram. It takes about 3-7 minute scenic ride up to the top of Mount Alyeska from the base at the Hotel Alyeska. The view at the top is spectacular and is well worth the price of admission. At the top of the gondola ride, there is a large observation deck. The breathtaking natural scenery of the Turnagain Arm, and the Chugach Mountains and the forested valley below, is stunning! 

Aerial Tram View-Turnagain Arm
Aerial Tram View-Turnagain Arm

Eat Lunch Dining at Seven Glaciers Restaurant

The tram ride up the mountain gives you a view of waterfalls and the trail up. Arriving at the top, we were lucky to still have snow on the slopes. The restaurant at the top of the mountain is the Seven Glaciers named after the seven “hanging” glaciers that you can see from this vantage point. The restaurant was open, but it was way too early for lunch. The food was a little pricey. The snow is great for a snowball fight. We spent a good half hour walking the top before descending back to the parking lot and cruising the gift store.

Crow Creek Mine Girdwood
Crow Creek Mine Girdwood

Pan for Gold at the Crow Creek Mine

It is not far from Girdwood and can be accessed by a short drive. The Crow Creek Mine has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s when gold was discovered in the area. It was one of the most productive mines in Southcentral Alaska during the early 20th century. Today, it is considered a significant historical site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gold Panning Crow Creek

You can take a guided tour of the mine and learn about the mining techniques used in the past. The mine features a museum that showcases mining artifacts, historic photographs, and displays that provide insights into the life of gold miners in Alaska’s past. The exhibits offer a glimpse into the challenges and successes of the miners who worked in the area.

One highlight of visiting the Crow Creek Mine is the opportunity to try gold panning. You can rent gold panning equipment and receive instructions on how to pan for gold in the creek. We took an hour to try our hand at gold panning. It’s a fun activity for all ages, and any gold flakes you find are yours to keep!

Alaska Conservation Wildlife Center-Wolf
Alaska Conservation Wildlife Center-Wolf
Porcupine Alaska Conservation Center
Porcupine Alaska Conservation Center

6. Must-Do The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Milepost 79)

Conservation Farm-Driving the Seward Highway Alaska

An Alaska vacation would NOT be complete without a detour off the Seward Highway to The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Located 50-miles from Anchorage, the AWCC is a nonprofit organization that takes in injured and orphaned animals caring and protecting them. However, many of these animals cannot get reintroduced to the wild therefore, they have a haven here at the center. They have carefully constructed permanent enclosures here to house the animals that blend in well with the natural surroundings. The wildlife center has rescued orphaned Alaskan wildlife, such as elk, reindeer, bears, wolves, and lynx. They are constantly adding fresh additions and rebuilding better enclosures. A work in progress!

Alaskan Brown Bear
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center-Brown Bear
Musk Ox baby Alaska Conservation Center
Musk Ox

Visitors can walk or drive to view the wildlife along the gravel loop road. A guided trail map is available for paid admission. I suggest walking instead of driving this way you get the best viewing being closer to observe the animals. Take your time. Don’t rush. I love seeing the natural behaviors, especially the bears. We could watch them swim and play all day long. There are wonderful photo opportunities! We spent about 1-2 hours viewing the wildlife, talking with the animal caretakers. You can tell they have a heartfelt relationship with these orphans. This is a popular destination therefore I would suggest going early to see the animals, beat the crowds. They have a small gift shop with souvenirs that benefit the conservation center. We loved walking the pathways and watching the bears.

Great Quake-Portage Alaska
Great Quake-Portage Alaska

7. Driving the Seward Highway-Portage Valley Ghost Town (Milepost 73)

At MM 70 lies the ghost town of Portage Valley. All that remains is a partially submerged building, truck, and a forest destroyed when the devastating 1964 Good Friday Earthquake generated a huge tidal wave. The land dropped 10-12 feet in a matter of seconds, flooding with seawater. You will see the dead salt-soaked trees often referred to as the “Toothpick Forest”. Nature is slowly reclaiming what’s left of this abandoned boomtown.

Toothpick Forest-Portage Valley
Toothpick Forest-Portage Valley

At MM 70 is the turnoff for the Portage Glacier and Whittier Tunnel. If you have additional time built into your schedule, continue through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel to Whittier. Whittier connects to Valdez via the Alaska ferry system.

8. Portage Glacier Access Road (Milepost 70)

The glacier is 6-miles off the Seward Highway on the Portage Glacier Access Road. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see the glacier from the cruise vessel-MS Ptarmigan. We purchased our tickets online prior to our flight. You must stop at the Portage Glacier Cafe to check-in before driving prior to boarding. The cafe has a wonderful gift shop.

Portage Lake Waterfall
Portage Lake Waterfall

An Exploration of Nature and Glacier Majesty at Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

In 1914, the glacier was at the visitor center. Today we spoke to a railroad worker we met at Beluga point. He recounted how many years ago as a child the glacier was visible from the Begich Boggs Visitor Center. He stated he could actually walk up and touch the glacier. However, the glacier has steadily receded in recent years (2.5km) to where it is no longer visible from the visitor center. The only way to view the glacier is to hike or take the 1-hr cruise. The Portage Pass trail is a 4-mile round-trip hike that gets you a magnificent view of the glacier.The center has excellent educational exhibits. Watch the video Retreat and Renewal: Stories from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest have wonderful information.

Theater at the Begich Bogs Visitor Center
Theater at the Begich Bogs Visitor Center

The cruise port is a mile beyond the visitor center. There is plenty of parking for all vehicles. Yes, it costs, but it is well worth the price. There are seats on the lower deck, but the best place to take pictures is on the open-air upper deck. I would recommend dressing in layers as the “Katabatic winds” at the glacier are chilly. The Chugach National Forest surrounds the glacial blue waters of Portage lake. Many cascading waterfalls from the melting snow caps of the Kenai mountains surround the lake. These only added to the grandeur of this place. Stunning scenery on a beautiful day, we highly recommend taking the time to see it before it disappears forever!

Toe of the Portage Glacier
Toe of the Portage Galcier

Navigating Nature’s Wonders: Portage Glacier Cruise Adventure

The captain Joy expertly maneuvered us really close to the glacier hoping it would calve (it had on the previous tour) but alas it did not. We could see the icebergs from the previous calving and got brilliant images from the close vantage point. The US Forest Service ranger narrated information is wonderful. She explained the history and geology of the glacier. The cruise staff retrieved a sizeable chunk of ice from Portage lake for us to touch and taste. Touching the huge chunk and eating a piece is unique about this tour. She explained how ice worms contribute to the periwinkle blue on the glaciers. Burns and Shakespeare are valley glaciers visible in the higher elevations of the Kenai Mountains on the eastern edge of the Portage glacier.

Portage Glacier Cruises Entrance sign with couple in front

We returned to the RV to continue our journey to Seward. We did not have a reservation at any campground for this evening. In Alaska, most state parks are on a first come first serve basis, most do not have reserved sites. We are hoping to get a site at Trail Lakes.

NOTE: you can also just pull over at any wayside and camp for the evening.

Granite Creek-Seward Highway
Granite Creek-Seward Highway

9. Positively Mesmerize Granite Creek (Milepost 64)

Granite Creek is a roaring glacier-fed river, an ideal place to stop and fly fish for Dolly Varden. There is a campground at Granite Creek. However, we did not stop here overnight. This is a great little spot. I would spend more time fishing this creek on our next visit. After walking the creek and stretching our legs, we headed toward Seward. Stopping at different waysides is the best way to take pictures and enjoy what Alaska offers.

Canyon Creek-Seward Highway
Canyon Creek-Seward Highway

10. Deep Gorge of Canyon Creek Wayside (Milepost 56)

We stopped to stretch our legs, reading the interpretive signs detailing the area’s gold rush history. We walked down on the old Hope highway cutoff road to the bridge to the jaw-dropping views of Canyon Creek. You get gorgeous views of the canyon from the parking lot. However, walking to the edge, you can feel the power of the water. There are clean restrooms and plenty of parking for cars and RVs. A young lady and her dog were selling fresh hot chocolate from their van. We chatted for a few minutes and discovered that she was traveling through Alaska for the summer. Something we have always wanted to do.

Canyon Creek Bunkhouse-Hope-Sunrise Historical Park
Canyon Creek Bunkhouse-Hope-Sunrise Historical Park

The turnoff to the Hope Highway it at Milepost 56.3. Follow the highway for 16.5 miles to the charming town of Hope on the turnagain arm. The rustic appeal of this small town is its rich gold rush era history. Spend a few hours wandering through the Hope and Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum. It is well worth the detour to explore this hidden gem.

At Milepost 45, the Lower Summit Lake Overlook has magnificent views of the lake. The Tenderfoot Campground and Summit Lake Lodge are a few miles down the road. Summit Lodge provides a daily made-to-order breakfast.

Tern Lake-Mountains reflected in the water
Tern Lake-Seward Highway-Junction Sterling Hwy

11. Sterling Highway Tern Lake Viewpoint (Milepost 37)

Tern Lake Viewpoint is a picturesque lake at the junction of the Seward and Sterling Highway. This is the perfect place to take in the beautiful Chugach National forest and stretch your legs before continuing toward Seward. Tern Lake is a prime wildlife viewing area, especially for waterfowl. The lake is relatively shallow, a good place to see spawning fish.

There is plenty of parking for RVs, a picnic area, and a raised overlook platform for viewing wildlife. The lake is shallow alder and willow trees enclose the banks, making good forage for waterfowl. We can see migrating birds in the early morning hours. The rugged mountains seem to jut of the water on the far shore, making for a wonderful photo opportunity.

Trail Lakes Fish Hatchery
Trail Lakes Fish Hatchery

12. Trail Lakes Fish Hatchery (Milepost 32)

Salmon Bear Creek Weir-Driving the Seward Highway Alaska
Salmon Bear Creek Weir-Seward Highway

If you have the time, detour to the Trail Lakes Fish Hatchery. Operated by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, the hatchery is owned by the State of Alaska. The rearing facility produces sockeye, coho, and Chinook salmon for release at selected sites throughout the Cook Inlet watershed. Open 8-5 daily. There is a self-guided visitor’s center that explains how the hatchery raises the different fish species. We were lucky we saw a few fingerlings in tanks. Worth the short detour!

13. Moose Pass -Upper Trail Lake (Milepost 28.6)

Upper Trail Lake is located north of the charming Moose Pass (Marker 31.5). There is a short gravel pullout on the north side of the highway. There are picnic tables to enjoy lunch. The view of the lake while eating lunch is stunning. Posted on a tree beside the lake, we enjoyed reading the “Legend of Mad Sally Lake”. It told the story of a legendary miner who found gold near here. He never spoke and was fond of his cat. The story goes the cat protected him one day, and the only word that he ever spoke was Sally (the name of the cat).

Trail lakes Seward Highway
Trail lakes Seward Highway

The Upper Lake has a rocky shoreline, easily accessible for fishing. We can do fishing for trout in the clear, shallow water using lightweight tackle. An Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo with travel case are ideal for catching rainbow trout. For the kids, I would suggest a simpler setup, such as a Zebco Spincast rod and reel. We did not catch any fish, however, many small rainbows followed our Mepps lures to the shoreline.

Returning to the highway, we venture through Moose Pass. The Chugach National Forest surrounds Moose Pass. The quirky town has a 1927 waterwheel replica used to power the original sawmill along with a grindstone. A small sign states, “Moose Pass is a peaceful little town. If you have an ax to grind, do it here.”

Kenai Lake Morning Reflection
Kenai Lake Morning Reflection

14. Stunning Kenai Lake(Milepost 25)

The turquoise waters of Kenai lake are the most stunning glacial waters I have ever seen. The reflection on the lake perfectly mirrors the Chugach mountains. This amazing backdrop just mesmerizes us, it holds us spellbound as we walk the shoreline. We have fallen in love with this place! If you need to spend an overnight on your trip camp here, it is truly heaven.

The RV follows the highway south along the edge of glacial Lake Kenai before crossing over the Snow River.

At MM 6 we turn onto Bear Creek Road looking for the Bear Creek Weir. We loved looking for salmon in the creek.

Note: Bears are highly active along trails in Alaska. Be bear aware, carry bear spray or travel in a group.

Spawning Sockeye-Driving the Seward Highway Alaska
Spawning Sockeye Image: Pixabay

15. Bear Creek Weir (Milepost 6)

Bear Creek Weir is a short walk from the Bear Creek campground. You can view the salmon migration and occasionally see bears. Regrettably, we just missed a Black Bear. It ran behind us. We took some beautiful pictures of a Bald Eagle sitting in a tree, watching the salmon running up the creek.

Bear Creek Weir, Driving the Seward Highway Alaska
Bear Creek Weir, Seward Highway Photo by Drew Farwell on Unsplash

 Bear Creek has been the site of salmon enhancement activities since 1962. Initial enhancement activities, conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF & G) Sport Fish Division, focused on coho salmon and the control of predator and competitor species. When you cross the road to the weir, the culvert is chock full of salmon. This weir is small and luckily, today volunteers allow us to see the weir in action. They were taking the salmon and injecting them with antibiotics before releasing them back upstream.

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association also manages this weir. Approximately 10,000 to 20,000 salmon a year, mostly Sockeye and Coho pass through the weir. Watching the fish navigate the small artificial waterfall and the fish ladder is an outstanding way to spend your evening.

Frog Shrouded Mountains Seward Highway

Ultimate Destination End of the Road Seward, Alaska

At milepost 3, is one of the most accessible and well-known glaciers in Alaska. Exit Glacier can be accessed via Exit Glacier Turnoff.

Climate change and its effects on glaciers and the environment can be explored in the Exit Glacier area. One can see markers showing glacier recession on the Glacier View Trail, which illustrates the impact of global warming. The road to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is the next must-do side trip for all visitors to Alaska. This is an entire day trip and an adventure unto itself.

Glacier Overlook-Kenai Fjords National Park
Glacier Overlook-Kenai Fjords National Park

The highway ends in the quaint village of Seward, Alaska. Here you can take a boat tour of Resurrection Bay, spend a day on the water fishing for the prized halibut, or just walk the shops along the boardwalk. The Seward Highway gives you a glimpse into Alaska. This state has so much to offer the visitor, it gets in your blood.

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Driving the Seward Highway – Best Campgrounds

Trail River Campground on Kenai Lake

Trail River Campground-Driving the Seward Highway Alaska
Trail River Campground-Seward Hwy

This campground is on mile-marker 24.2, just south of Moose Pass inside the Chugach National Forest. We could find one of the last campsites here in the evening. Trail River Campground RV sites are large, well-separated by trees and brush for just the right amount of solitude and privacy.

The campground paved roads are easy to navigate. There are no hookups and sites are back in or pull through. They keep the pit toilets spotless. Our campsite was only a short walk to Kenai Lake, where the views of the mountains were breathtaking. Trails traverse the shore of Kenai Lake. All Alaska state campgrounds have strict hours for running your generator. I suggest an inverter for running your RV coffee maker, charging your electronics, and other small appliances.

Kenai Lake Morning Reflection
Kenai Lake Morning Reflection

Early in the morning is ideal for a walk along the shoreline of the lake. We spent some time casting for trout in the lake, but no bites. The lake this morning is still no wind. The sky was clear, making it ideal for photographs. We came to the river, running high with snowmelt. The quiet was the first thing we noticed. We had not thought to make noise just in case a bear was browsing through the brush. A word to the wise: stay alert for bears you never know!

Upper Summit Lake on the Seward Highway
Summit Lake on the Seward Highway

Tranquil Escapes at Tenderfoot Campground beside Summit Lake

Tenderfoot Campground Chugach National Forest
Tenderfoot Campground Chugach National Forest

At Mile-marker 49, turn left onto the gravel access road and follow it to the backside of Summit Lake where you will find the campground. This is a newly renovated campground and is a very popular. Larger sites that can accommodate RVs. The campground hosts keep the pit restrooms clean and sell firewood for your fire pit. The major attraction is Summit Lake, a great place for fishing and boating. They stock the lake with rainbow trout.

Dense alder, aspen and hemlock forest trees separate the sites, giving you a private feeling. They make reservations through Recreation.gov (1-877-444-6777). This campground has 35 sites and no hookups.

Resident Eagle Bear Creek-Alaska
Resident Eagle Bear Creek-Alaska

Exploring Nature at Bear Creek Campground along the Seward Highway

We also did a one-night stay at the Bear Creek Campground. A small family-owned campground on the outskirts of Seward-mile-marker 6. All the RV sites are close together. You are basically in an open grassy field. However, we loved the quaint, quiet setting close to the Bear Creek Weir. The bonus is there were only two other RV campers. 

The showers were spotless-individual rooms that are no-charge. There are full hookups here for water, electricity, and sewer. Getting registered at the office and hooking up the utilities went smoothly. We had a home-cooked dinner before snuggling in for the evening.

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Final thoughts: Driving the Seward Highway Alaska – How to See it Best

Driving the Seward Highway in Alaska is an incredible experience. The Seward Highway is a relatively short drive, approximately 125 miles, but the journey is about the experience, not the speed. Plan enough time to stop, explore, and soak in the scenery. The highway is dotted with pull-offs and turnouts for safe parking. Use these spots to admire the vistas, take photos, and simply enjoy the surroundings. The Seward Highway is a journey of natural wonders and unparalleled beauty. For us, the Seward Highway was “a drive of a lifetime.” We feel so privileged to visit this magnificent state. A dream come true!

Have you experienced the scenic Seward Highway? If so, did you stop along the way, see a lot of wildlife? Let us know!