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 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 48.1Junction 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 Wiliwaw 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, June's Whittier Condo Suites (907-472-6001) and Anchor Inn(email) and attractions like the Prince Wlliam Sound Museum, Lazy Otter Charters, services at Fee's Custom Seafoods, The Harbour Store (and AVIS car rental: 907-440-2847) and Anchor Inn Laundromat. Take a cruise on the 26 Glacier Cruise by Phillips Cruises & Tours or with Major Marine Tours.
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 70.7Hope Cutoff: Junction with Hope Highway, which leads 16.5 miles to the community of HOPE on Turnagain Arm; food, lodging (Alaska Dacha and Discovery Cabins), gas (call ahead to be certain, 907-242-0204), 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 (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 90Tern Lake Junction. Junction with Sterling Highway which leads west to Soldotna/Kenai then south to Homer.