see one of the best Alaska national parks

See One of the Best Alaska National Parks This Summer

See one of the nest Alaska National parks

Alaska National Parks are full of grand landscapes, epic views, and incredible wildlife. At Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, you’ll see all of these things and more! Here the mountains and glaciers meet the sea in a spectacular display of nature in southcentral Alaska. Established as a national park in 1980, Kenai Fjords protects some of the most secluded and fragile wilderness areas such as the Harding Icefield, the fjord ecosystems, and abundant wildlife habitats.

The park encompasses more than a thousand square miles of land and water to explore! Fortunately, there are plenty of different ways to experience this not-to-be-missed place. From hiking to getting out on the water, to seeing glaciers from above, there is a way for everyone to connect to this special park.

Let our cozy and comfortable accommodations be the perfect place to rest after a day of adventure! We own and operate 3 downtown Seward hotels that are conveniently located close to many of the adventures and attractions you came here to see. A 3, 4, or 5-night stay is best as there are many things to see and do in this corner of Alaska! Looking for a great meal? We can assist you and recommend one of 6 excellent restaurants that we own and operate in downtown Seward as well. If you are ready for the perfect vacation exploring one of the best Alaska National Parks, book your stay with us today!

see one of the best Alaska national parks

One of the Best Alaska National Parks

There are 3 main areas of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward. Exit Glacier, where you can trace the path of a receding glacier, Harding Icefield, a great place to get a glimpse of the last ice age, and the dynamic coast area. All of these areas make up one of the best Alaska National Parks with a diversity of landscapes and habitats. While there are some opportunities for hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park, most of the park is made up of snow, ice, and water. Fortunately, there are many ways in which to see this jaw-dropping place up close. Here are 5 ways to see one of the best Alaska National Parks this summer!

  1. A great introduction to one of the best Alaska National Parks, Kenai Fjords, is by going on the 2 main hikes offered in the park. The Exit Glacier Area is the only part that is accessible by road and here you will find the Exit Glacier Nature Center where you’ll find informative exhibits and a ranger for any and all questions. From here you can either choose to hike along the Glacier View Loop Trail or continue on to the Glacier Overlook Trail to get an up-close view of an actively receding glacier. The Harding Icefield is a longer, more challenging hike but well worth the effort to get up above Exit Glacier and look out over a vast expanse of ice and snow.
  2. If you are looking to get out on the water to view Kenai Fjords’ stunning landscape and spot abundant wildlife, there are several boat tours and cruises available to take. The waters of Resurrection Bay and the Gulf of Alaska provide the opportunity to see towering tidewater glaciers pour down into the sea. You can spot several species of birds and marine mammals who find these waters rich in nutrients. Major Marine Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, and Seward Ocean Excursions, all offer multiple full or half-day cruises to fit with your schedule.
  3. Want a more quiet and secluded way of seeing one of the best Alaska National Parks? There are many opportunities to get out on the water in a kayak. Whether it be on a small group tour, or renting and heading out on your own, there are many ways to see breathtaking surroundings on a serene kayak ride. Miller’s Landing offers guided day trips, lessons on sea kayaking, and rentals. Sunny Cove offers a glacier kayak and wildlife cruise combo trip as well as other fully guided trips. Kayak Adventures Worldwide can take you on a full or half-day trip around Resurrection Bay and to Aialik Glacier.
  4.  See one of the best Alaska National Parks from above with a flightseeing tour! You’ll see the immense landscape and variety of ecosystems and wildlife in a short amount of time with very little effort! Alpine Air Alaska, Seward Helicopter Tours, and AA Seward Air Tours all provide the opportunity to fly over icefields, tidewater glaciers, see wildlife, and maybe even add a glacier landing for a truly unforgettable experience.
  5. Getting a fishing charter is another great way to get out on the water and have a fun Alaskan adventure in one of the best Alaska national parks! Among the fjords and Ressurection Bay, you can fish for salmon, halibut, rockfish, and lingcod, and many others. There is a long list of available charters who cater to your needs and abilities. This is a great activity for beginners or for those who are looking for some helpful tips. The goal is to always have fun!

see one of the best Alaska national parks

The Best Seward Accommodations

While visiting Seward you’ll need comfortable and conveniently located lodging as a place to land at the end of a day of adventures exploring one of the best Alaska national parks. Choose from one of 3 downtown hotels that reflect the history and legacy of this frontier town. We own and operate our Seward accommodations as well as 6 restaurants downtown. There is so much to take in when you visit this part of Alaska you’ll need a 3, 4, or 5-night stay to able to see and do everything and savor your time here.

If you should happen to arrive in an RV we also own Peacher’s Pond RV Park. Located just out of town this quiet campground is perfect if you are looking to really get away from it all while also being in close proximity to all of the incredible sights and attractions in Seward. If you are ready for the ultimate Alaskan vacation to Seward, book your stay with us today!

The Best of Seward Alaska Lodging

Marina motel

The Marina Motel was established in 1956 with the original 11 Standard rooms, lobby, and manager’s quarters. This pre-dates Alaskan statehood and gives our motel an “Old Alaska” charm you won’t find at the name brand hotels. More rooms have been added to the original structure in recent years to accommodate the growing popularity of Seward as a tourist destination. 

Murphy's Alaskan Inn

Welcome to Murphy’s Alaskan Inn  where your comfort and convenience is our pleasure. Murphy’s Alaskan Inn is family owned and operated since 1992. Our motel is located near Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor’s Center & the small boat harbor, the departure point for all fjord tours and fishing charters.

Van Gilder Hotel

Dating from 1916, this landmark traditional hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Alaska SeaLife Center, and a mile from Seward Boat Harbor and the border of Kenai Fjords National Park. Featuring Victorian-style furnishings, the cozy rooms offer flat-screen TVs, in-room sinks and shared bathrooms.

Preacher's Pond RV Park

​Preachers Pond RV park allows you to see Seward Alaska in its most natural form. Park your RV in one of our meticulously groomed lots and spend time with your family gathered around our pristine fire pits, picnic tables, and walking trails. Awake every morning to Alaska the way it was meant to be experienced, with earth beneath your boots and the scent of fresh mountain air in your lungs!