The Van Gilder Hotel is located in Seward, Alaska between Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Mountains. Seward offers an abundance of Alaskan adventures and activities. Allow a minimum of 3 days to experience Seward, voted #1 U.S. Destination for 2010 by Trip Advisor.
The Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska’s premier public underwater aquarium and Alaska's only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility, is located on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. Located 2 blocks from the hotel.
Kenai Fjords National Park is a United States National Park established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The park covers an area of 669,984 acres on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska.
The Seward Community Library & Museum is a public library, historical museum, archive and community center serving Seward and the surrounding area. The museum, now on the first floor of the Library & Museum building, contains almost 5,000 objects, photographs, and archives. Operated as a partnership with the Resurrection Bay Historical Society, the museum is committed to documenting and interpreting the diverse history of the town of Seward and the Resurrection Bay. Located 2 blocks from the hotel.
Experience an unforgettable zipline adventure in the coastal rainforest of Resurrection Bay. Tour is 3 hours long and includes 7 ziplines, 4 sky bridges, and 2 rappels.
Experience and enjoy a dog sled ride through the Alaska wilderness. Learn from a real guide how the dogs are cared for and trained for the most demanding race on earth. Of course no tour is complete without holding a puppy. The dog sled ride & tour thrill and delight all ages and are perfect for families.
Caines Head State Recreation Area, the scenic site of an abandoned World War II fort, can be reached by boat or foot from Seward. The massive headland rises 650 feet above Resurrection Bay, against a back drop of rolling alpine meadows and sharp peaks, giving way to a sweeping view of the North Pacific Ocean. The shale-covered, forest-framed beaches of Caines Head have long been stopping points for boaters and fisherman. But early in World War II, as the territory of Alaska was attacked and occupied by Imperial Japanese ground forces, Caines Head and other Resurrection Bay vantages became strategic spots for defending the Port of Seward. The port was the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, a critical supply line for the war effort and for Alaskans. Dock at North Beach Visitors are invited to explore the remains of Fort McGilvray, the South Beach Garrison and the many natural attractions of this 6,000 acre state recreation area.
The five marine parks in Resurrection Bay and Day Harbor are all popular boating destinations with protected anchorage, good seasonal fishing, dramatic views of glaciers, sharp rocky spires, dense forests and exceptional wildlife viewing. There are few good upland sites for camping, but all the parks have good camping spots along the shoreline.
is the only part of the park accessible by road. Located at mile 3 of the Seward Highway, just as you enter the town of Seward. Walk the lower trail (a gentle half mile) to get a good photo in front of the glacier face. This trail also provides access for people with disabilities. There is a well maintained trail to the Edge of the Glacier. This moderately strenuous trail brings you near a wall of blue ice providing the most dramatic close up view of Exit Glacier. For a more strenuous hike the trail the 8.2 mile trip to the Harding Icefield is spectacular. Allow at least 6-8 hours for the hike. Although the view from the top is well worth the effort, you need not hike all the way to the top to experience the wonders of this trail.
Boat Tours depart Seward’s small boat harbor daily in the summer months. It’s a good idea to make reservations in advance. Several companies provide a variety of tour options, schedules, and amenities. Full-day tours that venture out to the park’s tidewater glaciers are available as well as half-day tours that stay in the more protected waters of Resurrection Bay while giving you a taste of the park’s wildlife and scenery.
Taxis, Water Taxis, and Free Shuttle Bus available in Seward