Seward Highway

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Seward Highway
Few highways have as many moods as the Seward Highway. The 127-mile road, which runs from Anchorage down to Seward, can be all cheery sunshine one day—with views of snow-capped mountains, surfers riding the bore tide, and beluga whales--and cranky old man the next—with socked-in mountains, mist, and mean-looking whitecaps on the water. Whatever the mood, there's a load to see. Named an All American Road and a National Forest Scenic Byway, it's completely fair—completely!—to say that driving the Seward is both the journey and the destination. To be fair, the road is also well-known for gut punch traffic jams during the summer; it's the only road leading south down the Kenai Peninsula out of Anchorage. One accident (and there are many each summer) can hobble travel for many hours. (Also: be careful out there.) Along the way, stop and stop again at the many pulloffs overlooking Turnagain Arm. And definitely take time to poke around some of the tiny towns along the way, including Hope, Girdwood, and Indian.
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