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Seward is port city in Kenai Peninsula Borough. Its namesake, William H. Seward, was the United States Secretary of State that negotiated Alaska’s purchase from Russia in 1867. Today, this small town is surrounded by towering pine covered mountains with snowcapped peaks. During the summer months, sightseeing boats depart daily into Resurrection Bay for epic wildlife and glacier viewing. With abundant hiking, kayaking, sport fishing, and sailing, it’s safe to say Seward is a nature lover’s paradise.
Since this place is so pawsome that you won’t want to leave, it’s a good thing there are pet friendly places to stay. Hotel Seward welcomes four legged guests. Since rooms for people and pets are limited, be sure to schedule your visit in advance. Breeze Inn lets pups large and small bunk overnight. Its convenient access and lack of pet fee make this place puptastic! If you happen to be traveling in an RV, check out the Bear Creek RV Park and Stoney Creek RV Park. Both of these places allow furry visitors.
The local pups are lucky to have their own veterinary clinic right in town. If they get a bump or bruise while exploring, they’ll be well taken care of.
With top notch canine care and beauitful surroundings, it’s no wonder this place makes tails wag!
A walk through the Seward Waterfront Park lets you sample all the reasons why this town is so furrific. You and your four legged walking buddy can stroll along the harbor and check out the boats, while enjoying views of the surrounding peaks. Later, walk the shores of Resurrection Bay and breathe in some salty sea air. Stop by the various landmarks and memorials to learn more about the area’s history. Your pooch will be particularly interested with the marker for Mile 0 of the Historic Iditarod Trail. Keep your eyes open for otters, seals, bald eagles, and maybe even a whale!
Lowell Point is only a couple miles south of Seward. This small community is home to a couple hikes that will definitely make your pooch happy. Follow the Tonsina Creek Trail through spruce and hemlock, along the shoreline of Resurrection Bay, and across a bridge. The hike continues in a lush forest dripping with sphagnum moss. It’s easy to see why this three mile trail is a local favorite. Caines Head Trail combines salmon filled creeks, thick moss and ferns, steeps cliffs, and beach trails. It’s about 4.5 miles and is slightly difficult in some spots. Wild life is abundant, and it is wise to know the tide schedule when hiking this trail.
The Caines Head State Recreation Area is about seven miles south of Seward’s City Center. If your pooch likes pine covered peaks, alpine meadows, and shale covered beaches, this is the place to be. There’s just one catch-you can’t drive to it. Park at Lowell Point and follow the shoreline 4.5 miles south, or catch a dog friendly water taxi from Seward. The park itself has a couple main trails like Alpine Trail, North Beach Trail, and South Beach Trail. There are also some spur trails worth exploring. You’ll come across several World War II remnants as you hike. Keep your eyes peeled for animals, and be sure to know the tide schedule.
Looking for a new place to take your pooch? Pack plenty of water, snacks, and some bear spray, and head over to the Lost Lake Trail. It’s about four miles north of Seward in Bear Creek. This amazing trail leads you deep into the Chugach National Forest. Hike through thick rainforest to vast open meadows surrounded by snowy peaks. It’s about seven miles to the lake, but only two miles to the subalpine meadows. This is a pup-ular backpacking locale, so if your pooch likes rouging it, bring a tent and stay the night. As with all hikes in Alaska, remember you are in bear country, so keep a close eye on your pup.
If you drive 25 minutes north of Seward, you’ll come to the Mile 12 Divide Ski Area. Located in Primrose, this area serves as a cross country ski trail system during the winter. But in the summer months, it provides pawsome hiking that will make your pup’s tail wag. Since trails range in length and difficulty, find one that best suits your pal’s athletic abilities. One of the trails even connects with the legendary Iditarod Trail. Your pooch can walk where the mighty sled dogs have run. Wild berries grow in abundance in the area, so be sure to stop for a sweet snack along the way.
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