Alaska Vacation Planning Assistance

Planning an Alaska vacation can be a huge challenge! Let us help you with our valuable knowledge of Seward, the Kenai Peninsula, and beyond. We want our guests to have the best time possible on their vacation, and we offer unique “insider” travel tips and knowledge about our state. Our state is huge, with numerous, varied regions. Public transportation is nothing like what you are used to. Our roads are mostly 2 lanes, and some are unpaved. Our towns are small, and some can only be reached by ferry or plane. There are places where it’s best to have a vehicle; others where it’s best not. Although there are plenty of books available, one problem with tour books is that they are out of date the moment they hit the shelves. We have assembled this section of our website to help our customers find answers to the questions they have, and to assist them in designing the Alaska vacation of their dreams. Send us an email with your questions, or what you want to do and see, and we’ll help you figure out a great itinerary!

The Challenges of Alaska Travel

When planning your Alaska vacation, it’s easy to forget how large our State is. If you were to superimpose the State of Alaska on top of a map of the 48 states, you would see that Alaska stretches from California to Florida and from Michigan to Texas. Although our state is HUGE, it only contains a population of about 650,000 people. Our roads are almost all 2 lane undivided highways. Our “public transportation” is not what you are used to (1 train or bus a day (if that)). There are a limited number of “nice” places in any given town, far fewer than the number of our summer visitors. Car rental agencies are few and far between, except in the largest of cities (Anchorage). Hefty one-way drop-off fees on rental cars are very common. It’s easy to misjudge distances and driving times.

Suggested Itineraries

We are focusing our first suggestions on the most easily accessible areas of Alaska, the South Central and Interior sections. As time allows, we will be expanding this information. If you see an itinerary that is of interest to you, we will help you fine tune it to meet your specific needs. These are very “rough” suggestions, just intended to be an overview. Please be sure to visit our Transportation (Getting Around) section for information on the various methods of travel.

7-Day Itinerary

  • Fly into Fairbanks, spend the night.
  • Take the train south to Denali National Park, spend the night.
  • Take the Park bus ride, spend the night.
  • Take the train to Anchorage, rent a car, drive to Seward, spend the night.
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park by boat, spend the night.
  • Visit Exit Glacier, hike, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, take a sunset kayak paddle or relax & watch wildlife, spend the night.
  • Return with the rental car to Anchorage, and fly home.

10-Day Itinerary

  • Fly into Anchorage, spend the night.
  • Take the train north to Denali National Park, spend the night.
  • Take bus ride inside the Park, or spend the day hiking, taking a flightseeing trip or rafting; then spend the night.
  • Take the train to Anchorage, rent a car, drive to Seward, spend the night.
  • Visit Kenai Fjords National Park by boat, have a relaxing evening in town or at the cabin, spend the night.
  • Visit Exit Glacier, hike, visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, take a sunset kayak paddle or relax & watch wildlife, spend the night.
  • Drive to Homer, spend the night.
  • Fish, kayak, take a boat tour, visit Pratt Museum, visit crafty shops, spend the night.
  • Return with the rental car to Anchorage, and fly home.
  • Variation: use the 7-day itinerary into Fairbanks and just add a night or two or three along the way in any area that is appealing.

14-Day Itinerary

  • Using either the 7 or 10-day Itineraries you can spend more time in these areas, you can add a town or two into the mix (Talkeetna, Girdwood, Hope, Homer).
  • You can have a rental car the entire time rather than taking the train (although we recommend the train for the northern section) (BEWARE of one-way drop off fees with rental cars, see our section on rental cars for more information).

Seasons and Regions

Off-Season March & April

  • During the months ofMarch and April, you’ll experience shorter days, lots of wildlife, great hiking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, depending on the weather and trail conditions, and amazing photo opportunities.
  • Temperatures will generally vary from the 40-50s to the 20s F. It can be extremely windy, and it may rain or snow. Resurrection Bay is an ice-free port, and the Seward Highway remains open year-round and is well maintained; however, icy conditions can be the norm even in March. Rental cars with studded tires are recommended, as are ice cleats for all visits until May.

Whale watching begins in April and continues throughout the summer.

Seward is a charming town year-round and has many wonderful shops and several excellent restaurants that stay open year-round, in addition to the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Seward Museum. Depending on the specific time of year, there are boat tours of the Bay, and/or whale watching tours available (weather permitting).

If you want to experience Alaska as we Alaskans do, it’s the best season to visit; March and April can be quite mild and very enjoyable.

Shoulder Seasons

  • During our shoulder seasons, which are May 1-15 and Sept 16-30, you’ll experience long days of sunlight (longer days in May), lots of wildlife, great hiking, and amazing photo opportunities. Limited fishing and boat tours may be available (weather permitting).
  • Temperatures will generally range from the 50s to the high 30s F. It may rain, and in May there may be snow on the ground in some areas.
  • There will be fewer tour & fishing options to choose from, and some shops and restaurants will be closed.
  • If you want to experience Alaska, and take advantage of most tourist offerings, often at reduced rates, but avoid the “crowds” the shoulder seasons are the perfect time to visit. Many Alaskans travel during these seasons.

Summer Season

  • During the summer season Mid-May to Mid-September, you’ll experience extremely long days of sunlight, lots and lots of flowers (later in summer is best), lots of wildlife, great hiking, amazing photo opportunities, and a long, long list of available activities including: dog sledding, flight-seeing, sea kayaking, glacier viewing, Kenai Fjords National Park boat tours, fishing, and hiking.
  • Since these are the most popular months amongst travelers, you’ll also experience more fellow travelers than during the other seasons.
  • It’s important to be sure you have your lodging pre-booked and as far in advance as you can to get the best places.
  • Temperatures will range generally range from the 70s to the 40s F. It may rain.
  • You’ll have the largest number of tour options and fishing charters to choose from. All the shops and restaurants are open.
  • The summer season is a great time to visit, and even in the peak of summer Seward is an easily accessed and negotiated area.

Alaska’s Regions

When a place is as big as Alaska, it is useful to divide it into parts or regions. Alaska is often divided into six regions: Arctic, Interior, Western, Southwestern, Southcentral, and Southeast.

Arctic Alaska

Arctic Alaska spans the northern edge of the state. It stretches from the Canadian border on the east to the Chukchi Sea to the west. The Brooks Range forms the southern border. The Arctic Ocean marks the region’s northern edge. Very few people live in this area. Barrow, the northernmost city in the United States, and Kotzebue, located on Norton Sound, are the largest towns.

The land north of the Brooks Range is flat and treeless tundra with many rivers. Huge herds of caribou travel across the area. In the spring, the caribou come here to have their babies. They take refuge from the millions, if not billions, of mosquitoes in the breezes off the Arctic coast. This is also the area where millions of birds come to nest and feed on those same mosquitoes. Whales, polar bear, and bearded seals live offshore. These sea mammals are an important source of food for the Inupiat Eskimo people who live here.

The Arctic is a cold and dark place during the deep of winter. In Barrow, the sun sets on November 18 and does not rise again until January 24, so it is dark all the time. The opposite is true in the summer. On May 10 the sun rises but does not set again until August 2. You could say this is both the darkest and lightest of all the regions in Alaska.

Interior Alaska

Interior Alaska is the land between the Brooks Range to the north and the Alaska Range to the South. From the border with Canada, this huge region stretches west about two-thirds across the state. The Arctic Circle cuts across the region. This imaginary line marks the latitude above which the sun does not rise on December 21, the winter solstice. On the summer solstice, June 21, the sun does not set.

Fairbanks is the largest community in the region and is known as the Golden Heart city. It sits nearly right in the middle of this large area. Between the mountain ranges, the land is filled with rivers, rolling hills, wet and dry tundra, and forests of skinny birch, spruce, aspen, and alder. Bears, moose, wolves, and caribou roam the area. The mighty Yukon River flows southwest through the region and provides salmon and other fish for the Athabaskan Indians who call the area home.

Western Alaska

Western Alaska extends from the Arctic Circle south to Bristol Bay. The Bering Sea forms the western border. Only a few local roads are found here. To visit this region, you must arrive by plane or boat. In the winter you can also travel the region on a snow machine or by dog team when the ground and the rivers are frozen.

Nome, Dillingham, and Bethel are the largest towns in this region. Small villages are spread all over the area. Most of these villages are along the southern part of the Yukon River and next to the coast. Fishing for salmon is the main activity here. Yupik Eskimos of the region have depended on salmon for food for hundreds of years. The area is another important place for migrating birds, so important that the Yukon-Delta National Wildlife Refuge was created to help protect them.

Southwestern Alaska

Southwestern Alaska includes the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak, and the Aleutian Islands. This region runs nearly 1,500 miles in an arc that separates the Bering Sea from the Northern Pacific. The land sits on top of The Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire is an area of volcanoes that encircle the Pacific Rim. The temperatures in this area are mild compared to the Arctic. But the storms that blow through are some of the worst in the world. The area is home to lots of wildlife, including some of the largest brown bears. Other animals include walrus, otters, and fur seals. Seabirds flock to the region to nest during the summer. The rivers and lakes are filled with salmon and other fish.

Aleuts were the first humans to live in this harsh land with plentiful wildlife. The Russians came in the 18th century to hunt seals and otters for their fur. Kodiak was the first capital of Russian America, as they called Alaska. During World War II, the Japanese invaded Attu and Kiska Islands in the Aleutians. The world-class fishing brings lots of people to the region now. If you have ever watched “Deadliest Catch” on the Discovery Channel, you’ve seen the commercial fishing folks at work. Many people fly into the lakes and streams of the area to catch trophy-sized salmon and trout.

Southcentral Alaska

Southcentral Alaska is bounded by the Gulf of Alaska to the South and the Alaska Range to the north. The Chugach Mountains mark the eastern border. The Aleutian Range forms the western border.

Southcentral is home to more than two-thirds of all the people in Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city, is in this region. There also are lots of animals in this region. These include brown bears, wolves, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goats, lynx, beavers, fox, and hundreds of species of birds.

You’ll find more variety in land and climate here than any other part of Alaska. Thanks to the warming effects of the ocean, most of the weather is milder than the Interior and Arctic. Still, some inland areas can be among the coldest in the state. You can climb mountains, hike in broad valleys, and sea kayak in the protected waters of Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay. Rivers offer some of the biggest runs of salmon found anywhere in the state. Athabaskan Indians, Yupik Eskimos, Aleuts all called this region home.


Alaska: A Land in Motion, Nancy Warren Ferrell, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1994
Alaska’s Natural Wonders, Bob Armstrong and Marge Hermans, Alaska Northwest Books, 2000
The Great Alaska Nature Factbook, Susan Ewing, Alaska Northwest Books, 1996


Airplane Travel to Alaska

Arriving in Alaska by airplane is the easiest way to get here. Although you can drive here from the lower 48 states or Canada, for the most part, visitors fly via airplane to either Anchorage or Fairbanks. Some visitors arrive by cruise ship. Alaska is a huge state, far away from the rest of the US, so unless you have the luxury of time, we recommend flying to Alaska.

You can also combine a land visit with a cruise. Because of the enormous size of our state, the best way to see Alaska is to make some short trips of a week or two at a time, focusing each trip on a different region. You may fall in love with one region in particular and return multiple times to the same area.

Be sure to understand the scale on any maps you may be studying; and don’t make the mistake of trying to see the entire state in one trip, unless you have at least 3 or 4 weeks! Even with that much time, you’ll be spending a lot of time just getting from place to place. To see the entire State will require additional travel by ferry or airplane to visit areas like Juneau, Kodiak, Nome, Barrow, etc.

The Anchorage Airport, known as the Ted Stevens International Airport, is a large airport, with new terminals. Read the Wikipedia listing about the Ted Stevens International Airport. Most flights leaving Alaska occur in the evening. Red-eye flights commonly occur, due to our distance and the 4-hour time zone difference between Alaska and the eastern US.

Arriving flights into Anchorage may also be in the middle of the night. If you are arriving later than 10 pm during summer months, we recommend staying in Anchorage the first night, then heading to your destination the next morning. This can also assist you with rental car savings by renting away from the airport. During winter months, we recommend driving in the daylight. Some smaller plane operators provide transportation to remote locations. There is NO regular air service to Seward at any time of year; during summer months you may be able to charter a flight to Seward.

Note Regarding Car Rentals at Airport: If you rent a car at an airport location, you will pay an additional 11% in taxes. See our information in the Car Rental section below. As an alternative, some folks fly into the Fairbanks International Airport. To include a visit to the Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley, and to avoid “doubling back,” some guests fly into Fairbanks and work their way south on the train. Once they reach Anchorage, they rent a car, and when done visiting South Central Alaska, they fly home from Anchorage.

Bicycle Travel in Alaska and around Seward

Most visitors leave their bikes at home for their Alaskan vacations, but for the adventuresome, you can either bring your bike with you or rent one in Anchorage or Seward. There are paved trails and many mountain trails, in addition to the highways, that all offer spectacular scenery. If you are interested in biking in Alaska, please remember that many of our roads are unpaved, so you’ll want to be prepared for gravel. Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our very special lodging, with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula.

Seasonally Seward Bike Shop at the corner of 4th & Port Avenues for bike repairs or rentals. Downtown Bicycle Rentals in Anchorage offers both short and long-term rentals. Lowell Point Road is a favorite among bicyclists; although unpaved, its proximity to Resurrection Bay offers spectacular wildlife viewing in addition to the scenic opportunities.


In Anchorage, there are public transportation buses “people movers.” For the most part in the rest of Alaska, bus travel is very limited. Seasonal fluctuations in populations and our vast distances are among a few of the factors that make it tough for Alaska to sustain traditional public transportation options.

During summer months there are some bus options, but you need to plan things out carefully. You can get a bus to Seward, but you cannot get a bus from Seward to Homer, or Homer to Seward. If you are visiting the Kenai Peninsula, we recommend using a rental car for your transportation to have the most flexibility and pleasant experience.

For visitors interested in traveling during the off-season, particularly our winter months, taking the Seward Bus and then relying on local transportation options (taxi, rental car) can be an excellent way to travel, so you can avoid dealing with winter road conditions. Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our unique accommodations, with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula.

Park Connection is bus service primarily for cruise ship travelers but may be used by other independent travelers. For service between Denali, Fairbanks, and Seward. Summer only, they may require a bus change in Anchorage.

Alaska Direct Bus Line provides year-round service between Anchorage and Tok, Fairbanks and Tok, and other communities.

For bus service from Anchorage to Whitehorse, check out Alaska Shuttle.

No matter how you arrive using the above methods, once you get to Seward, our cabins are about 3 miles away. You can take a taxi or get a rental car from the local Hertz office 1-907-224-4378.

Cruise Ship

Cruise ships use Seward as an embark/debark location during the summer season. Whittier is the other cruise ship embark/debark location. Port-of-Calls in Seward are relatively rare, so you don’t have to worry about cruise ship crowds in town. Those cruise ships that do arrive in Seward provide transportation to Anchorage for their passengers, via private buses, or private rail cars on the Alaska Railroad.

If you are an independent traveler it is often easiest to take the transportation provided by the cruise company, then rent a car in Anchorage and return to Seward. The Seward Highway is one of the most beautiful roads in the world and is worthy of many passages, best accomplished with a rental car.

While most cruise ship visitors immediately fly home, independent travelers will experience the most authentic Alaska by extending their stay. The beauty and easily accessible wildlife of Seward should not be overlooked. Our cabins are a perfect place to stay to experience the pioneer spirit that makes Alaska so unique along with spectacular views of scenery and wildlife.

We will provide you with car rental discount codes when you make your lodging reservation with us. Alternatively, for those embarking/debarking in Seward, you may consider renting a vehicle from the local Hertz office (phone 907-224-4378). Their office is very close to the dock. You may find that the one-way drop-off fee is less than the transportation to Anchorage provided by the cruise ship company. Or you can turn the car back in here and avoid the penalty fee, then take some form of ground transportation (cruise ship or otherwise) to Anchorage.


Alaska Marine Highway Ferry*

Known as the Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska’s ferry system for both travelers and their vehicles offers extensive travel throughout certain coastal regions of Alaska. It is unlike most ferry service you may know. Be sure to study the scale of any maps you may be referring to as you plot your travels. Alaska is a huge state and distances can be deceiving. The ferry no longer serves the town of Seward, so it is not the best way to get to Angels Rest on Resurrection Bay.

The Alaska Marine Highway system offers ferry service in 4 different coastal regions throughout the state, but no longer serves Seward. The nearest ferry terminal to Seward is in Whittier. Inside Passage/Southeast (Bellingham WA to Yakutat, AK).

Southeast “feeder” communities (Angoon, Hoonah, Pelican, etc.). Southwest (Kodiak, Homer, Prince William Sound communities). The Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula (Dutch Harbor, Cold Bay, Akutan, etc.).

You may travel as a pedestrian or with a vehicle. One popular tourist route is to drive to Valdez then take the ferry from Valdez to Whittier, from there it’s a short drive south to Seward. For longer trips in certain regions, cabins may be available. Visit the Wikipedia page about the Alaska Marine Highway.

*Given recent budget cuts the Ferry system is suffering greatly. Please triple confirm any bookings!!!!

Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad is a historical way to travel in Alaska but not what you are used to when you think of train service!! There is railroad service to Seward, Whittier, and Fairbanks during summer months and Fairbanks in the winter. There is typically one train a day, per location during the summer, and one per week to some places in the winter. Because the Seward Highway is a National Scenic Byway, we recommend taking the train north from Anchorage, OR south from Fairbanks, as a way to explore the Interior. It’s a great way to visit Denali and Fairbanks. If you do take the train to Seward, prepare for logistical issues and higher car rental fees. Or the need to procure taxis, to see some of the most important sites.

Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our unique cabins with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them, just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula.

There is one train a day to and from Seward. Seasonally only, from mid/late-May to mid-September. Departs Anchorage 6:45 am, arrives Seward about 11:15 a.m. Departs Seward 6:00 p.m., arrives Anchorage 10:15p.m.

If you have your heart set on riding the train, consider taking the train to Denali and/or Fairbanks where having a vehicle is less critical. We recommend driving the Seward Highway: it is one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL roads in the world! One-way travel with the train will require you rent a car or take some other form of transportation for your return (bus, ferry, etc.), often a more costly solution than a rental car from Anchorage. Arrival times in Seward mean you have several hours with luggage before you can get into most lodging. On your day of departure, you’ll have most of the day with luggage after you’ve checked out of your lodging.

Without a car, you are limited to taxi or shuttles or walking. If you are staying with us and will be arriving by train into Seward, please be sure to let us know so we may help with your logistics! See our tab on Rental Cars for more info on the local car rental option. Visit the Alaska Railroad website for rates and more information about the train.

Rental Cars in Alaska

Driving around Alaska (in the areas that can be reached by the road system) is the most flexible and easiest way to see much Alaska, particularly the South-Central area, Kenai Peninsula and Seward.

By far the most convenient way to travel to Seward, and our lodging accommodations on the waterfront of Lowell Point, 3 miles south of Seward, will be with a rental car.

The drive to Seward, Alaska, via the Seward Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in the world! We highly recommend having a vehicle, at least for the Kenai Peninsula portion of your trip (there are no banned gravel highways on the Kenai)! Below we review some critical information about rental cars.

The ground travel portion of your Alaska trip can be complicated to put together; please take advantage of our local insight!

Spring, Summer and Fall Car Rentals:

All the main car rental companies have locations in Anchorage. While there are also car rental agencies in Fairbanks and Seward, one-way rentals are extremely expensive. If you are flying into Fairbanks, you should use a train or bus to get to Anchorage, then rent a vehicle there. If you rent a vehicle in Seward, you should plan on leaving it in Seward and taking the train or bus to Anchorage.

For the most reliable information we recommend calling the local agency phone #s rather than the toll-free #s; this will enable you to speak to a customer service representative in Alaska, who will be more familiar with how things work here (which can be very different).

For spring, summer and fall car rentals, we recommend Enterprise. They have several locations away from the airport in Anchorage, and they will pick you up at your hotel. This alone will save you 11% in taxes. You will save an additional 10% when renting from Enterprise–ask us for the discount code (you can use the discount code we give you whether you get your car at the airport or away from it.).

When renting a vehicle in Alaska, you will get the best rate if you pick up and return the car to the same location. There can be a substantial one-way drop-off fee for renting in one place and dropping in another.

The ONLY car rental option in Seward is Hertz. If you need to pick-up or drop-off a rental car in Seward, it is best to call the local office of Hertz at 907-224-4378, for more reliable information. If you are looking for a car rental to drive unpaved highways, such as the Denali Highway, the Haul Road to the Arctic Circle, etc. you will be unable to find any major rental company that allows it. You will be driving at your risk should you choose to drive those highways.

Winter Car Rentals:

Almost all rental cars will come with all-season radial tires. If renting a car during winter months, Alaska Express Car Rental in Anchorage is the only company that rents cars with studded tires. We highly recommend studded tires for winter driving in the Seward area and on the Kenai Peninsula. Expect to pay an extra $15 per day. When renting a vehicle in Anchorage, there is an additional 11% tax, plus a surcharge when renting at the airport.

Seward Highway Scenic By-Way Alaska

The Seward Highway, Alaska’s Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful highways in the world! By far one of the most incredible drives you will ever make is the drive from Anchorage to Seward and back again, on the Seward Highway!

We recommend driving this section of Alaska. Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our unique and beautiful cabins, some of the best lodging Seward, Alaska has to offer, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula, with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them.

For road conditions, delays, construction information and other highway alerts for all roads in Alaska, you can call 511 from any phone, or visit the Alaska Road Traveler Information Website. Be sure to check our Twitter for any last-minute information; we’ll tweet any breaking news regarding highway or weather.

  • Seward Highway is designated as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road and is quite possibly the most beautiful road in our Country!
  • We highly recommend having a vehicle, so you can fully appreciate this highway and the many scenic stops along the way.
  • Remember: Drive with your headlights on at all times.
  • If you have five vehicles behind you, pull over & let them pass.
  • Don’t let the road numbers confuse you! The Seward Highway becomes #9 about 40 miles north of Seward.
  • As you leave Anchorage, be sure to stop at Beluga Point where you may have the opportunity to see beluga whales in Cook Inlet.
  • Keep your eyes open for Dall sheep on the mountain side of the road south of Beluga Point.
  • Throughout the entire drive, keep your eyes open for moose & other wildlife.
  • If you see any moose or bears, do not approach them.
  • Do not walk anywhere on the mudflats in Turnagain Arm!

Observe all speed limits, particularly as you pass through the tiny town of Moose Pass.

  • Bell’s Travel Guide gives a mile by mile breakdown of the highway, listing attractions, pull-outs, scenic overlooks, hiking trailheads, etc.

Visit QT Luong’s Seward Highway Photo Gallery, a beautiful collection of photos.

Visit the Wikipedia listing for the Seward Highway.

Don’t forget your camera, batteries, and extra storage or film!

Drive with your headlights on AT ALL times. 

Pull over if you have more than five vehicles behind you.

Water Taxi

Water Taxis get used in coastal communities in Alaska as a means of transport to remote locations. In the Seward area, they are used primarily by kayakers going to remote regions for sea kayaking. They are also used to transport freight to remote property and communities and can serve as a taxi service to pedestrians wishing to explore remote areas. We recommend their use when hiking to Caines Head State Recreational Park. Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our unique cabins and some of the best lodging Seward, Alaska has to offer, with spectacular wildlife and beautiful scenery surrounding them, just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula.

Our favorite water taxi is Seward Water Taxi USCG certified Captain Louis Garding.

Taking a water taxi is a great option for hiking the Caines Head Trail, hike one way and take a water taxi the other direction or get a drop off to another cove or local beach for an afternoon of exploring.

You need to plan ahead to do this and be sure to check schedules and pick-up/drop-off times and locations! You don’t want to get stranded, and you WILL NOT HAVE CELL SERVICE to call them once you leave the civilized area of Resurrection Bay.

We’re happy to help you figure things out!


We don’t recommend planning a trip that requires you need taxis in Seward. There are not enough of them and if you happen to need one on a day a cruise ship is in, it’s virtually impossible. Lyft is no better and there is no Uber that we know of at this time.

That being said if you need a taxi, here’s a list of possible numbers:

  • PJ’s Taxi 907-224-5555, 907-539-5555 mobil
  • Resurrection Taxi 907-224-5678
  • Greg’s Taxi 907-362-0707
  • Alaska Cab 907-491-1007
  • Red Taxi 907-224-2727