The town of Seward, which is sandwiched between Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Mountains, is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities: it features a bustling harbor, quaint shops and galleries, and an abundant offering of adventures into the surrounding marine and mountain environments. On July 4th each year, over 20,000 runners hit the trail to the top of Mt. Marathon, which is America’s second-oldest footrace.
Logistics: Seward (PAWD) has a paved runway and is a short flight for Cirrus pilots from Kenai, Homer or Anchorage. Stay in a local bed and breakfast for a few days, and rent a car for the duration.
Things to do in Seward include glacier and wildlife cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park; hiking right up to the face of Exit Glacier, which you can touch; taking a dog sled tour of Seward’s ice fields; visiting the Alaska Sealife Center, which lets you observe marine research up close; ocean fishing for halibut; or kayaking through the glassy waters of Resurrection Bay, past sea otters, harbor seals and eagles.