15 Feb Alaska Part2 : Seward & The Drive
Getting up early next day, preparing to check-out and move on to our next Alaska destination, Seward. Basically we have 2 options getting to Seward from Anchorage. By train or by car.
Note base on my research: Only Hertz car rental company allows me to pick up from Anchorage and drop of in Seward. Feel free to comment if otherwise.
The very obvious option we took was to drive down to Seward. And my decision absolute correct and in fact the drive was one of the highlight of the trip. Initially I was hesitating as I have not driven inter-state in the US before. Anyway the drive was pretty straight follow only following the highway all the way down to Seward following the “Seward Highway”. So whoever is considering to take train or drive, my suggestion to you is to DRIVE. It took us about 3hrs drive as we stopped along the way and visited a wild life conservation center too but as per google map it only takes 1.5hrs if you drive straight through. Also the reason I decided to drive is I came about this website which gave me some insights what to expect along the way.
So your questions might be what so great about a drive. Same like what I have commented previously. Do not expect to see any shopping malls or high buildings but magnificent view of nature. This is what you get along the way and will let you decide whether it is worth it:
As mentioned above, we stopped by a conservation center to view the famous alaska black bear. It is worth the stop just to drive around to view those animals
Seward, is the port where we need to embark on the ship. Initially I was struggling to find an accommodation where is convenient for us just thinking about the logistic of it but finally decided to stay in a hotel with a nice view and also near to the embarkation point. You decide if my hotel view looks good, a picture of the exterior of our room and a picture taken from the room towards the port
As we only planning to return the car hours before boarding the cruise liner, we still have transportation to travel around the Seward town. It is not a very big town containing few rows of shops contains restaurants and some souvenir shops
We nearly missed the Exit Glacier National Park (OK my fault for not doing my homework well) but it is something not to be missed when you visit Seward. There is some tracking to do whereby you can get really close up with the Glaciers. However, what saddens me is there are indicators how the global warming has affected the Glaciers and you can actually see them shrinking year by year. Anyway, do drop by the national park if you have the chance:
That ends my post on Seward. If you missed out on my previous post, click here for Part1 or otherwise you might want to proceed to my next post where I will share about viewing of glacier from the cruise liner as well as my experience in the dog sledding.