The majority of visitors to Seward arrive during peak travel time, from June through August, when city streets are bustling with activity, the midnight sun allows for non-stop adventures, and migrating marine wildlife have settled in for a summer of feeding in Alaska’s nutrient-rich waters. As summer fades into fall and the sun begins to set earlier and earlier each day, the number of visitors to Seward reduces dramatically. By the beginning of October, the streets are quiet, the leaves are changing, and Seward seems like an entirely different place than it did only a month and a half prior. However, this shoulder season, from mid-September through mid-October, is one of the best times to visit this beautiful town. Here are the top 4 reasons to visit Seward in the fall:
1. There’s still lots to do, and great food to eat
There are still plenty of activities to do and places to eat during the shoulder season. Major Marine Tours cruises run until October 9th, with our 3.5 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise departing daily at 1:30. The Alaska SeaLife Center is open every day from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. until October 2nd and noon to 5:00 p.m. starting October 3rd. The area’s many beautiful hiking trails are always open, and you will enjoy them even more with the beautiful fall colors and lack of crowds. Though some restaurants close for the winter, many restaurants are open year-round, including Chinooks, The Cookery, Apollo’s, and Woody’s Thai Kitchen.
2. Fall Colors
Many locals say the fall is their favorite season in Alaska. Alaska is beautiful in all seasons, but the colorful days of fall offer their own unique, fleeting beauty. The trees are illuminated in shades of yellow and orange, the air is crisp, and the mountains are even more dramatic with their first dusting of snow. The beauty of the drive between Anchorage and Seward alone is enough to justify a trip to Seward in the fall.
3. Prices are cheaper
Peak tourist season in Alaska brings peak prices. As visitors leave in the fall and availability in hotels and on tours increases, prices decrease. The fall shoulder season is one of the most affordable times to travel in Alaska. Major Marine Tours and our partner hotel, Harbor 360 Hotel, are offering a special 3.5 Hour Cruise and Harbor 360 Hotel package starting at only $109 per person, based on double hotel occupancy. Add round-trip transportation between Anchorage and Seward for $70.
4. Peace, quiet, and less crowds
If you’ve ever driven the Seward Highway on a sunny weekend day in the middle of summer, it’s apparent how many people flock to Alaska in the summer time. Summer is a wonderful time to explore the Last Frontier, but fall gives you a chance to experience a calmer, quieter Alaska. The roads aren’t packed with tour buses and RVs. The hiking trails provide peace and solitude. There is more room on tours. Restaurants have no wait times. There is plenty of space at RV parks and campgrounds. The list goes on and on.
For locals and visitors alike, fall is a wonderful time to experience all that Seward (and the rest of Alaska) has to offer. Let Major Marine Tours help you plan your fall adventure, with special cruise, hotel, and transportation packages available until October 9th.