Seward, Alaska: whales, glaciers, sea otters, & more!

Time to leave Hope behind and head to Seward, Alaska! We’ve heard many good things about Seward, and it seems like most of them are true.

Iditarod Campground

In Seward, we lucked out at an excellent spot right on Resurrection Bay and a short walk to the little downtown area.

iditarod campground map seward alaska.

There are campgrounds all along the bay, but Iditarod Campground seems to be the smallest. As you roll along the water, it’s the last campground before you get to the Alaska SeaLife Center.

There are no hook-ups, but the views were amazing! RVs are $20/night, and there’s a pay station right in the campground by the dumpster.

Every day we saw sea otters float by the front of our RV. That doesn’t happen everywhere!

view from Iditarod campground with sea otter in seward alaska.

sea otter in front of our RV in Seward, Alaska.

The first day was dreary but then the skies cleared up and we could see the mountains all around us.

cloudy day at iditarod campground in seward alaska.

sunny day at iditarod campground in seward alaska.

One pro-tip for visiting Seward, check the cruise ship schedule before you go. We’ve heard the cell towers can become overloaded when a cruise ship is in port. So we planned our visit to avoid docked ships. A boat went out right after we arrived and another came in just before we left town.

Kenai Fjords Tours

Like Valdez, Seward is another excellent place to get on a boat and look for wildlife and glaciers.

kenai fjords tour boat.

marina in seward alaska.

sea otter in the marina in seward alaska.

We were hoping for orcas but didn’t see any. On our Kenai Fjords Tour, we did see humpback whales, sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, puffins, and many glaciers.

RVs parked along resurrection bay in Seward, Alaska.

kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

glacier on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

And we couldn’t have had better weather for the trip. The turquoise of the water and the bright blue sky with occasional white clouds made for beautiful photos and video.

glacier on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

laura and kevin on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

glacier close up on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

glacier on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

spiky glacier on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

kevin on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

waterfall on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

Steller sea lions.

steller sea lions on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

Harbor seals.

harbor seals on the kenai fjords tour from seward alaska.

Vegan options in Seward

Dinner at Seward Brewing Company

In the little downtown area, we found delicious vegan food options at Seward Brewing Company. We had the green tea soba noodles and a watermelon salad. A couple more restaurants seemed to also have options.

beer at seward brewing company.

green tea soba noodles at seward brewing company.

watermelon salad at seward brewing company.

Natural Foods Store

If you need to restock on unusual ingredients, there’s a nice natural foods store there as well called Frontier Healing Arts. They had Dandies vegan marshmallows so we could have s’mores!

A few sights from around Seward, Alaska

The campground was right next to mile 0 of the Iditarod Trail.

mile 0 of the iditarod trail in seward alaska.

A cute, colorful house.

a house in seward alaska.

Look at the beautiful tiles on the public library in Seward.

the public library in seward alaska.

Seward has lots of murals around town.

mural in seward alaska.

mural in seward alaska.

A few salmon were taking a break in a creek.

salmon in seward alaska.

Meeting up with other RVers

Also while in Seward, we got to hang out with Shannon and Talula again from Sweet T Travels! We enjoyed hangs and campfires and s’mores.

And then, The Nickerson’s of Finding Our Someday pulled in and we also had campfire hangs. Sure, Alaska is a big place but sometimes you do run into other Instagram and YouTube RVers!

We really enjoyed Seward, Alaska and consider it a town we’d like to hang out in again.

Next post: Exit Glacier & Free Camping at Kelly Lake

Check out all the videos in our Alaska 2018 adventure here.

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