Scenes of Seward

Home to Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward boasts dramatic views and serious wildlife.

Wild Welcome

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Wild Welcome

An otter appears to wave hello to tourists on a Kenai Fjords Tours outing. Animals reign supreme in this national park. "The wildlife is really wild. It's not a zoo," says Seward resident Jean Schwafel. "You don't have to go more than a quarter mile from town and you're in wilderness untouched by man."

Scenic Harbor

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Scenic Harbor

The peak time for visitors in Seward runs from June to September. But even during summer, there's far less tourist traffic than in other Alaska port towns.

Tight Squeeze

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Tight Squeeze

With the skill of high-wire artists, mountain goats traverse ledges along steep mountains. "People come here from all over the world to fish and see wildlife," says resident Dorothy Urbach.

Brilliant Backdrop

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Brilliant Backdrop

Kenai Fjords Tours, based in Seward, transports visitors beyond Resurrection Bay's calm waters into the Gulf of Alaska, where the scenery becomes even more dramatic.

Fierce Foam

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Fierce Foam

Waves thrash against the granite coast, sending up turbulent sprays of water.

Bright Beak

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Bright Beak

The puffins' large bills store fish as they hunt underwater.

Striking Seascape

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Striking Seascape

Two mountain ranges embrace the town's waterfront. "There aren't many places that have national and state parks in their backyards," says Seward resident Christine Olsen. "I could never tire of watching whales and sea lions."

Stone Castle

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Stone Castle

Turrets of land rise from teal waters, the color resulting from plankton and glacial silt.

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