We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Anchorage to Seward

Which Anchorage hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Bishop, California
Level Contributor
170 posts
19 reviews
Save Topic
Anchorage to Seward

How long will it take us to drive from the Anchorage airport to Seward, allowing for some ooing and aahing along the way. Our plane gets in around 2:00 P.M. and we will be driving to the Seward Windsong Lodge.

Are there places to stop and eat along the way? If not, what time should we make our dinner reservations, allowing for check in, etc.

We'll be leaving this Monday, May 18th.

USA
Level Contributor
9,465 posts
44 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Anchorage to Seward

There is a lot of road construction on the Seward now. We have 2 seasons here. Winter & Road Construction! It usually takes us about 2 1/2 hours from here to Seward. But with road construction, stops for wildlife, etc., stops for food, it's hard to say exactly.

You could always stop for sandwiches-to-go in Anchorage and then have a picnic at Tern Lake on the way down.

fs.fed.us/r10/…tern_lake.htm

I'm sure you'll get a lot of other ideas from others!

Anchorage, Alaska
Destination Expert
for Anchorage, Zermatt
Level Contributor
17,196 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Anchorage to Seward

Hi, there are lots of places to stop or you can get sandwiches, etc. for a picnic - a particularly convenient stop is Fred Meyer at the Dimond exit off Minnesota (coming from the airport take Minnesota south bound, exit at Dimond Blvd., turn right and then left at the first light into the Fred Meyer parking lot - it's a superstore/supermarket - when you leave you can go across Dimond to the Seward Highway and go south) or at Carr's Safeway at Huffman on the Seward Highway - from the airport go to Minnesota and stay on it until it curves and intersects with the Seward Hwy south then get off at Huffman and you'll see the Carr's store. Assuming you arfe an hour or so getting your rental car and headed out, you might think about stopping in Girdwood for something to eat - there are several good places there (it's the ski resort in the winter) and it's about an hour down the road. It's light now until midnight so you don't need to worry about missing things due to darkness.

Hope this helps.

Anchorage, Alaska
Destination Expert
for Anchorage, Zermatt
Level Contributor
17,196 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Anchorage to Seward

Forgot to say - both Freddies and Carr'a have delis.

florida
Level Contributor
1,500 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Anchorage to Seward

Is road construction likely to be on-going in August? I've been trying to decide whether to do train or coach from Anchorage to Seward and this detail may decide us in favor of train. (Both would be through cruiseline.)

Thank you.

Anchorage, AK
Level Contributor
184 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Anchorage to Seward

Road construction will most definitely be on-going in August as we have such a limited season to actually get these projects done. The train to Seward is a beautiful and relaxing ride. I recommend it.

The biggest obstacle for some can be where they are staying in Seward once they arrive. Some hotels do have shuttle buses from the train station. Make sure yours does before you leave otherwise you will be likely dragging luggage with you around Seward. Of course the do have taxi service available there which makes it easier. :)

florida
Level Contributor
1,500 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Anchorage to Seward

Thanks for the prompt reply about road construction. Only sticking point for us on train is that it gets to Seward just in time to embark. We'd definitely be doing Regent (not "regular") train. It's a trade-off. Regent train is an "upgrade" (same scenery, obviously), but gets us to Seward at last minute. Regular train leaves way too early in the morning for us (but allows time for relaxing visit to Seward and less harried embarkation). In fact, that's why we're thinking maybe to do Regent coach-- shorter ride, so gets to Seward with a bit more time to relax. But I'd love to skip the road construction situation and no doubt train is a pleasanter way to travel.

Again-- thanks!

houston. tx
Level Contributor
161 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Anchorage to Seward

We booked the 8-19th Regent Cruise out of Seward and are arriving in Anchorage 8-15th. We decided on a car rental so that we can arrive the night before and thus board the ship much earlier.....

Just personal preference, I'm sure either train or coach trip would be a nice..............not to mention alot cheaper. Enjoy, whatever you decide is best for you!

fti
MN
Destination Expert
for Alaska
Level Contributor
15,320 posts
27 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Anchorage to Seward

If you are arriving in Seward the night before your cruise departure, an excellent use of your time in Seward would be the 8am Kenai Fjords National Park wildlife cruise that is back in Seward at 2pm. That gives you 4 hours until your ship departs. Kenai Fjords will keep your luggage for you during the tour or if you pick up the rental car in Anchorage after 2.30pm you can just leave your luggage in the trunk, after the tour swing by the cruise pier, drop off your luggage, then return the car to Hertz (one block from the cruise pier) and walk back to the ship.

John

9. Re: Anchorage to Seward

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 02 December 2009, 05:42