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Quick Facts
Designation: Alaska State Scenic Byway
Designation: All-American Road
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: Some attractions may charge fees.
Length, One-Way: 127 Miles (211.67 Kilometers)
Time: At posted speeds with minimal stops, allow 2.5 hou


General Information

Description - Welcome to the beautiful Seward Highway Scenic Byway. Few roads in the United States can offer the diversity of scenic landscapes and unique natural features so concentrated in one area. This 127-mile road, linking Anchorage with Seward, passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The landscape varies from the muddy waters of Turnagain Arm to the icy blue glaciers that hang almost to the sea. Wildflowers and waterfalls brighten every corner of the road as it glides below rough mountains that pierce thick, heavy clouds. Only Alaska's Seward Highway can offer this particular mix created by climate, geography, and geology.

Landscapes
The Seward Highway is located in a richly varied and highly diverse corridor. Its character changes over the course of its length. Roadside topography, the proximity of water, the types of views, the levels and types of development, and the width and character of the road are some of the ways in which the Seward Highway expresses different moods and landscapes between Anchorage and Seward. Each of these distinctive landscapes is uniquely spectacular.

Rivers, Lakes, and Fjords
For 127 miles, this road from Anchorage to Seward winds through a land of remarkable beauty, a land of saltwater bays, frigid-blue glaciers, knife-edged ridges, and alpine valleys. From the reflective waters of Turnagain Arm, travelers rapidly ascend 1,000 feet above sea level to an alpine meadow. Within the hour, they find themselves back at sea level surrounded by fjords, having just passed through a district of rivers and lakes. This is Alaska's Seward Highway.

Places Along the Way
The Seward Highway ties Alaska's metropolitan center, Anchorage, with the port of Seward on Resurrection Bay. From Anchorage to Girdwood, the highway borders Turnagain Arm and Chugach State Park. From Girdwood to Seward, it carries visitors through the Chugach National Forest. The diversity of landscape and wildlife found along the route is the hallmark of the highway corridor.

Whether you drive for pleasure or you fish, hunt, backpack, camp, or ski, the Seward Highway can take you there. And it's all against the backdrop of spruce forests, wildflowers, and extraordinary wildlife. The Highway has been recognized for its natural beauty as a designated National Scenic Byway. This is your invitation to touch Alaska in all of its splendor -- along the Seward Scenic Highway.

Attractions - The Seward Highway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location - The Seward Highway leads from Anchorage to Seward in southcentral Alaska.

Directions from : The Seward Highway from Anchorage -- Beginning at the intersection of 5th and Gamble in downtown Anchorage, proceed south.

The Seward Highway from the Anchorage International Airport -- Depart from the Anchorage International Airport on International Airport Drive. Proceed east for approximately 1.5 miles to Minnesota Drive, then turn right on Minnesota Drive and proceed to the intersection with New Seward Highway. You can then proceed north or south depending on your desired byway experience.

The Seward Highway from Seward -- Simply drive north from town; this road is the only highway.


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Contact Information:
The Seward Highway , , , , Phone: 907-271-2534

Additional Information:
Alaska Scenic Byways - Ten Alaska state byways and one All-American Road have been designated scenic byways, for a total of about 5,000 miles of the most picturesque, intermodal transportation routes in our nation's largest state.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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