How to Choose a Seward Day Cruise

Of all the things to do in Seward (and there are many) the most popular is a day cruise. The small town on Resurrection Bay is technically part of southcentral Alaska, but the landscape is quintessentially coastal Alaska in look and feel. Glacially carved mountains flank the bay. Sitka spruce and hemlock blanket the rocky lower elevations, gradually giving way to scrubby alpine brush and dwarf dogwood. In neighboring Kenai Fjords National Park winding inlets abruptly end at the faces of huge tidewater glaciers. All this beauty is best appreciated by boat.

And yet, while the decision to include a boat tour in your Alaska vacation is easy, picking one out of several good options can be more of a challenge. Here’s how to choose your Seward day cruise. (more…)

Alaska Wildlife “Guaranteed” Viewing!

If you are like most travelers to Alaska one of the top reasons for visiting is to see Alaska’s bountiful wildlife. Images of bull moose grazing in misty ponds and shaggy brown bears swiping Alaskan salmon from waterfalls are rightfully iconic. But Alaska is a HUGE state and even though there are over 175,000 moose and 30,000 bears among a multitude of other wildlife they are not always conveniently staged in their local habitats.

Generally speaking, if you come to Alaska and visit one of our national parks—Kenai Fjords National Park, Denali National Park, and Lake Clark National Park among them—you should see wildlife. Your chances are even better if you take recommended tours like the Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour in Denali or the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise out of Seward. But with such high expectations to see Alaska wildlife it pays to have a backup plan. Here are a few locations throughout southcentral and interior Alaska that you can be guaranteed to see animals. (more…)

Meet the Huskies Who Call Denali Home

Denali Sled Dog Kennel

Among its many claims to fame (oh, you know, the tallest mountain in North America), Denali National Park is also exceptional in this fun way: It’s home to the only working sled dog kennel in any U.S. national park. (more…)

A $500 Winning Alaska Photo

After three weeks of rigorously rating and ranking hundreds of photos submitted for our annual photo contest, we’re pleased to announce our 2018 grand prize winner: “Chugach” by Matt Meisenheimer of Janesville, Wisconsin!

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Trip Report: Kayaking Bear Glacier Lagoon

The team at Alaska Tour & Travel is an adventurous bunch, and we don’t take recommending day-trip tours and excursions lightly. That’s why, when we’re not manning the phones at our office in Anchorage, we like to go out and experience what our guests will. Next stop? Paddling among blue giants in Kenai Fjords National Park’s Bear Glacier Lagoon.

Bear Glacier Lagoon Kayak

Paddling in the Lagoon, Bear Glacier capped in clouds in the background

Our trip began on a typical Seward morning: Drizzly, with clouds in shades of grey skimming the green mountains around Resurrection Bay. We met Libby, our Liquid Adventures guide, at their office at the north end of the small boat harbor. With our standard waivers signed, Libby cheerfully got down to the business of briefing and outfitting. We were each issued a dry suit, rubber clogs, dry bag, and waterproof case for our phones. Thus equipped, our group of six paddlers shuffled down the boardwalk and into the harbor to meet the boat. (more…)

Kenai Fjords National Park Day Cruise Options

aialik-glacierOne of the most popular national parks in Alaska is Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is the small coastal community located at the entrance of the park. Located about 130 miles south of Anchorage, Seward is easily accessible by car, bus or train. From Seward you can take a day cruise out to see all the park has to offer. Kenai Fjords National Park is known for great marine wildlife viewing, such as whales, sea lions, otters and lets not forgot its glaciers!

There are several types of cruises offered out of Seward: “National Park” cruises that go 110-120+ miles round trip and shorter “Resurrection Bay” cruises that go about 55 miles round trip. It is important to understand that the longer the cruise the better chance you have to see wildlife as well as additional tidewater glaciers. It is also helpful to know that two companies operate Kenai Fjords National Park and Resurrection Bay cruises – Kenai Fjords Tours and Major Marine Tours. Both companies have good reputations so choosing what company and what cruise to take really comes down to identifying which cruise is best for you based on your own preferences and schedule. (more…)

Alaska’s Premier National Park Escorted Tour

NPT-Denali-hutson.l4If you are planning a trip to Alaska this summer and are concerned about putting together the perfect trip or traveling independently, you may find that the perfect fit is a 7-night Escorted Tour of Alaska’s National Parks.  The tour includes many of the best hotels, tours, and transportation found in Alaska Tour & Travel’s own custom travel packages but also includes many meals, luggage handling, and a professional escort.  The National Park Escorted tour is a group tour with Monday departures – for 2017 these departures dates are May 22, May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, August 7, August 21 or September 4.  (more…)

Lowell Point Kayaking Out of Seward

sck10Over the past couple of years my family and I have found that we love kayaking! My daughters are 13 and 15 and relish new outdoor experiences. This past summer we chose to go on a guided kayak tour in Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. The Lowell Point Kayaking tour with Sunny Cove Kayaking departs from Lowell Point about two miles from downtown Seward. Sunny Cove does not have their own transportation to their kayak base so if you don’t have a car, you’ll need to take a taxi out to the Lowell Point from Seward.  Depending on where you depart from, a taxi will cost about $15-$20 dollars. We all were dressed in layers with rain gear and warm hats. While it was July the weather was overcast and cool! Upon our arrival we were outfitted with rubber boots, a life vest and a kayak skirt and asked to complete a standard waiver.

sck4After all kayakers were outfitted we headed to the beach and listened to a safety briefing which included kayaking tips and instructions. The tour group included a mix of ages as well as experienced kayakers and beginners. We had two guides and a total of ten guests. We loaded into our tandem kayaks – we had one adult with each of our kids. While one guide waited in the bay, the other guide helped us launch off of the beach. From the beach, the water looked a little rough but once we were in the bay in our kayaks it did not seem rough at all and was in fact smooth sailing! (more…)

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