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. 988 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 and Alyeska ski resort via the Alyeska Highway; Whittier and Portage Glacier via the Whittier/Portage Road; Hope via the Hope Highway; and Exit Glacier recreation via Herman Leirer Road. The Seward Highway also junctions with the Sterling Highway to Homer.
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 passing lanes.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log Miles from Anchorage (A) shown.
A 37Junction with Alyeska Highway; gas station/convenience store and The Ice Cream Shop. The 3-mile Alyeska Highway provides access to Hottentot Pottery, Crow Creek Mine, GIRDWOOD (food, lodging), Kobuk Valley Jade Company 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 48.1Junction with Whittier/Portage Glacier Access Road which leads 1.7 miles to Portage Valley RV Park & Cabins; 3.5 miles to Black Bear USFS Campground; 4.3 miles to Wiliwaw USFS Campground; 5.4 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 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.
A 58.5 Turnagain Pass Recreation Area, elev. 988 feet; parking, restrooms. Faorite winter recreation area for snowmobilers.
A 61.6 Bertha Creek USFS Campground.
A 64.2 Granite Creek USFS Campground.
A 70.7Hope Cutoff: Junction with Hope Highway, which leads 16.5 miles to the community of HOPE on Turnagain Arm; food, lodging, gas, camping, hiking, river rafting and guided fishing with Angle 45 Adventures and Nova.
A 81 Tenderfoot Creek USFS Campground.
A 81.2 Summit Lake Lodge; food, lodging.
A 88.6 Paved double-ended turnout to west overlooking Jerome Lake.
A 89.3 Southbound-only exit for Sterling Highway to west.
A 90Tern Lake Junction. Junction with Sterling Highway which leads west to Soldotna/Kenai then south to Homer.