This Charming Alaska Town Is Picture Perfect For An Autumn Day Trip
This small town with a population around 2,700 is known for being a summertime hot spot. From epic multi-species fishing trips on the salt to renowned tourism excursions into Kenai Fjords National Park, the town really doesn’t sleep from May through September. But once the crowds disperse, the dust settles and the locals finally get a day off to rest – that is when we believe that Seward truly shines its most brilliant colors. For the perfect balance of fun and relaxation, Seward is the most picture perfect place for an autumn day trip in Alaska.
Hop on the Seward Highway and head south to the beautiful town of Seward, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula.
This town is known for its non-stop tourism action during the summer months, but we think that autumn season is Seward's best kept secret.
The vibrant colors that line the towering mountainsides give way to endless breathtaking views looking deep into the Kenai Fjords National Park.
The contrast between the natural beauty that surrounds you and the slower pace of traffic in town makes an autumn trip to Seward the perfect balance between fun and relaxation.
Although many businesses in town are seasonal, you'll still find a ton of options available for you and the whole family to enjoy.
On a rainy day, the Alaska SeaLife Center is the perfect place to enjoy marine animals, educational activities and tons of fun indoors and out of the cold.
Fun for all ages and the kiddos are sure to be mesmerized from start to finish.
Grab a hot bite to eat for lunch and enjoy a delicious local brew before heading out for a day of autumn adventure.
A lot of restaurants are closed during the fall and winter months so be sure to check online first before planning to visit a specific place.
If you are looking for the perfect way to enjoy some fresh air, take a walk on the harbor front on a perfectly paved path right along the bay.
The smell of salt air and the views of mountains in the distance will completely blow you away. Wear a warm coat and enjoy a picnic outdoors before the snow starts to fly!
If you time it just right, you might end up catching a stunning sunset over the lighthouse at the Seward Mariners' Memorial.
Talk about breathtaking!
If you're someone who prefers to get lost in the woods, head into the backcountry and check out how gorgeous Lost Lake is this time of year surrounded by fall foliage.
Marathon Creek running through the Marathon Bowl is especially vibrant this time of year as the tundra lights up with fall foliage.
A local favorite is the Exit Glacier Trail located off Exit Glacier Road. Gorgeous views of fall foliage against the massive beaming blue glacier = mind blowing!
Or hop on the Primrose Trail in the Chugach National Forest and check out the stunning beauty that can be found at Porcupine Falls.
Always make sure to be 'bear aware' because they are fattening up on the last of the berries and spawning salmon before hibernating for the winter.
This time of year, you'll likely see termination dust on the mountains.
And although we say termination dust today, by tomorrow it's possible that the mountains will be completely covered in snow.
With temps into the low 20s at night, we know that those white flurries are just right around the corner.
At the end of the day you can unwind with incredible views and wild, natural, sustainable Alaska seafood at Chinooks Restaurant located right on the main strip in town overlooking the harbor.
If one day isn't enough for you to enjoy the splendor of Seward, stay the night in one of Seward's many lodging options.
B&B's, hotels, motels and VRBO's. So many options, so little time!
Whatever you do, be sure to plan your day around making time to see the sunset. With so many opportunities to see the watercolor painted sky, you won't regret making time to soak in the phenomenal sunset colors that are so common in Seward.
If you are a fall foliage fanatic, check out these
23 places to see the magical colors of the season that will show you Alaska like you’ve never experienced before. Also, these 13 country roads in Alaska are pure bliss in the fall.
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