Seward Highway

Connects: Anchorage to Seward, AK

Routes#: Alaska 1 and 9
Length: 127 miles
Road Surface: Paved
Season: Open all year
Highest Pass: Turnagain Pass, elev. 1,015 feet
Map (1 detailed pdf file available): 
Anchorage, AK to Seward, AK

The Seward Highway connects Anchorage with Seward (driving time about 3 hours), crossing onto the Kenai Peninsula about 52 miles south of Anchorage.

Designated a National Forest Scenic Byway, All-American Road and Alaska Scenic Byway, the Seward Highway follows Turnagain Arm through Chugach State Park and Chugach National Forest, and offers spectacular views of the glaciated Kenai Mountains.

The Seward Highway provides access to: Girdwood, Alaska and Alyeska (ski) Resort via the Alyeska Highway; Whittier and Portage Glacier via the Whittier/Portage Road; Hope, Alaska via the Hope Highway; and Exit Glacier recreation via Herman Leirer Road. The Seward Highway also junctions with the Sterling Highway to Homer, Alaska.

The first 9 miles of the highway are referred to as the “New” Seward Highway, a major Anchorage thoroughfare (4-lane divided freeway) connecting South Anchorage with downtown. South of Anchorage, the Seward Highway is a paved, 2-lane highway with frequent passing lanes and turnouts for slow-vehicles.


The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log 
Miles from Anchorage (A) shown.

  • A 0 Downtown ANCHORAGE; all services.
  • A 9.4 Turnoff at Boardwalk Wildlife Viewing exit for Potter Marsh (Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge); bird watching.
  • A 11.8 Chugach State Park Headquarters. Park passes, maps and information, Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • A 11.9 Potter Creek Viewpoint and Trail, also access to the Turnagain Arm Trail.
  • A 15.1 McHugh Creek Picnic Area with trailhead parking. Three tiers of parking, great views from top lot.
  • A 16.7 Beluga Point scenic viewpoint.
  • A 23 Indian Valley Gold Mine National Historic Site.
  • A 23.1 Indian Valley Meats 0.4 mile east via Indian Road.
  • A 23.5 Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ.
  • A 23.9 Indian Creek parking and rest area, information boards, telescope. Entry to 3-mile-long Indian to Bird bike trail.
  • A 25.7 Chugach State Park parking, day-use and parking lot style camping.
  • A 25.8 Bird Creek Campground, Chugach State Park.
  • A 26.2 Essential 1 Gas Station (gas, diesel, groceries); 907-653-1144.
  • A 26.3 Motel and RV Park.
  • A 30.5 Bird Point Scenic Overlook rest area, telescopes, information boards, sheltered, wheelchair-friendly viewpoint and walkway. Access to Bird to Gird 6-mile trail.
  • A 37 Junction with Alyeska Highway; gas station/convenience store Coast Pizza (phone 907-783-0122) and The Ice Cream Shop. The 3-mile Alyeska Highway provides access to Chugach Adventures and Slack Tide GalleryCrow Creek MineGIRDWOOD (food at Chair Five Restaurant, Subway, lodging via Alyeska AccommodationsBud & Carol's B&B) and Alyeska Resort (lodging, dining); hiking in summer, skiing in winter. Alyeska Aerial Tramway operates year-round. 
  • A 46.7 Alaska Railroad and Kenai Peninsula Information Center, 907-783-3001 Memorial Day to Labor Day).
  • A 48 Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; non-profit wildlife refuge offers close-up looks at various Alaska mammals and birds. Gift shop.
  • A 48.1 Junction with Whittier/Portage Glacier Access Road which leads 1.7 miles to Portage Valley RV Park & Cabins; 3.7 miles to Black Bear USFS Campground; 4.3 miles to Williwaw USFS Campground; 5.2 miles to Begich, Boggs Visitor Center on Portage Lake and access to Grayline sightseeing cruise; and 11.4 miles to WHITTIER, a port for ferry, charter boats, cruise tour and cruise ship traffic on Prince William Sound. The Whittier Access Road transits Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel and longest combined highway/railroad tunnel in North America at 13,200 feet in length; toll booth for eastbound traffic only at Mile 6.7 on access road. Whittier offers camping, rooms at Glacier View Suites, 1-877-870-8787, The Inn at Whittier, and Anchor Inn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attractions like the Prince Wlliam Sound Museum, or take a cruise with the 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours,  Major Marine Tours, or Prince William Sound Eco Charters. Whittier services include: Lazy Otter Charters and Cafe, Fee's Custom SeafoodsThe Harbor Store (and AVIS car rental: 907-440-2847),  Anchor Inn Laundromat and the Whittier Shuttle (Anchorage tours and transfers).
  • A 58.5 Turnagain Pass Recreation Area, elev. 1,015 feet; parking, restrooms. Favorite winter recreation area for snowmachiners.
  • A 61.6 Bertha Creek USFS Campground.
  • A 64.4 Granite Creek USFS Campground.
  • A 70.7 Hope Cutoff: Junction with Hope Highway, which leads 16.5 miles to the community of HOPE on Turnagain Arm; food, lodging (Discovery Cabins), gas (call ahead to be certain, 907-242-0204), camping at Porcupine USFS Campground, hiking, river rafting with Nova River Runners.
  • A 81 Tenderfoot Creek USFS Campground.
  • A 81.2 Summit Lake Lodge; food, lodging (closed winters).
  • A 88.6 Paved double-ended turnout to west overlooking Jerome Lake.
  • A 89.3 Southbound-only exit for Sterling Highway to west.
  • A 90 Tern Lake JunctionJunction with Sterling Highway which leads west to Soldotna/Kenai then south to Homer.
  • A 91.3 Crazy Moose Studios fine art gallery.
  • A 93.9 Carter Lake USFS trailhead.
  • A 94.9 Trail Lake Fish Hatchery.
  • A 97.7 MOOSE PASS (pop. 189) food, lodging.
  • A 102.8 Trail River USFS Campground.
  • A 103.7 Ptarmigan Creek USFS Campground.
  • A 107.2 Renfro's Lakeside Retreat; lodging and full hook-up RV camping on Kenai Lake.
  • A 110.1 Primrose USFS Campground.
  • A 120 Irvin Pottery.
  • A 120.4 Junction with Bear Lake Road to Bear Creek Weir (0.6 mile).
  • A 120.7 Stoney Creek Avenue to Stoney Creek RV Park.
  • A 121.5 Hostel, lodging.
  • A 123.3 Junction with Herman Leirer/Exit Glacier Road which leads 8.4 miles to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Access to Seward Windsong LodgeSeavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours.
  • A 124.5 Forest Acres Municipal Campground.
  • A 124.7 Private RV Park for military.
  • A 125.3 Essential 1 gas station with diesel phone 907-224-8041.
  • A 125.7 Benny Benson Memorial.
  • A 125.9 South Harbor Street; lodging, restaurants, harbor and access to Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.
  • A 127 SEWARD; all services.


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