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Introducing Seward

This scenic town is flanked by rugged mountains and overlooks Resurrection Bay. Founded in 1903 as an ice-free port at the southern end of the Alaska Railroad, Seward prospered as the beginning of the gold-rush trail to Nome and was later devastated by the 1964 Good Friday earthquake.

The downtown visitor center (www.seward.com; cnr Jefferson St & 3rd Ave; 9am-5pm) is in a Pullman railroad car. There’s also a USFS office (907-224-3374; cnr 4th Ave & Jefferson St; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri). The Seward Library (907-224-3646; 238 5th Ave; 10-9pm Mon-Fri, 10-7pm Sat) offers free internet access. The Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center (907-224-7500; www.nps.gov/kefj; 1212 4th Ave; 8:30am-7pm) has information on hiking and paddling.