Benny Benson was an orphan of 13 years old in the year 1926 when Seward submitted his idea to the flag of Alaska for a contest and won. The design of the flag is the Big Dipper and the North Star on a blue field, the most beautiful flag of the US. You can see monument is on the left hand side of the picture.
Seward is a tiny, charming village that has a very large port. This city was almost completely destroyed in 1964 by a tsunami following an earthquake. There are lovely restaurants and shops where you can find everything. There are many festivals throughout the year such as the Polar Bear Jump and Mount Marathon on July 4. It has a great atmosphere throughout the year and there is also the Alaska Sea Life Center.
I came to see several glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, [poi = 530 491] Mount Edith Cavell [/ poi], [poi = 539241] Angel [/ poi], Athabasca, beautiful but far from the spectacular Perito Moreno in Argentina. The way to get to the glacier (or any other in the National Park Kenai Fjords), is to hire a day cruise in Seward. You can also watch the wildlife in the area, like ([ poi = 516741] orcas [/ poi]). The sensation of sailing among small icebergs, listening to chunks of ice fall from the glacier are things you never forget, and although this type of cruise is not cheap (over 100 euros), it's well worth it.
Kenai Fjords are wonderful. There are hundreds of glaciers as Holgate, Exit and Harding. You can also see sea lions, whales, otters and porpoises. To be able to see everything you have to go by boat and there are many companies that offer cruises. These cruises are only offered in the summer, because in the winter it's too cold to get out, and even in summer it gets chilly.
Resurrection Bay is a bay on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. It is reputed to be the place where you always see whales and puffins (a bird that looks like a small Penguin). The movie The Hunt for Red October was filmed here. It is also the ideal place to fish halibut, salmon, shrimp and crab, among other sea animals. When you leave on the boat be ready with your camera, because you never know what you will see and when whales will suddenly appear.
The town of Seward has sponsored this event since January 1986 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. These brotherhoods who dress and jump into the waters of the port of Seward. Rescue divers are waiting in the water to help people out of the water. There are always a couple of curious sea lions. The festival is a very fun, but always is freezing cold and after half an hour already holds some, but worth seeing if only once.
Obihiro Park is a tiny place in Seward that lies just next to the sea. The city of Obihiro, in Japan , gave this gazebo to the city of Seward as a gift in the year 1993. The place is lovely because there are incredible views of the port of Seward.
This is the best playground ever. It is huge and has all kinds of equipment for children like a skate park, swings and slides. The view of Seward Bay from here is spectacular. It´s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the kids.
After seeing the Humpback in Hawaii, the sperm whale in New Zealand and the franca austral in Argentina, it was time to see some orca, the feared killer whale. Both Alaska and Vancouver Island are considered places where the orcas migrate. Apparently they do not seem dangerous, rather playful, following their path, regardless of the presence of boats. To view them, you can hire a cruise from the bay (less expensive) or take you to the fjords (recommended if the weather permits).
Lowell Point is a small town near close to Seward. There is a lovely beach where people go to spend the day walking around and picnicking. There are very interesting houses and a tiny hotel. It is the perfect place to go kayaking and fishing.
Visiting Aialik Bay was one of the most spectacular things I did in Alaska. The bay ends in a glacier, so there are ice chunks floating down this narrow fjord. In June there was still snow on the mountains.
Many of the tourist cruises that leave from Seward pass through the channels between these islets. You can see wildlife including several colonies of sea lions and lots of puffins (those funny birds!).
Located at the end of Resurrection Bay, not far from Seward, this seemed like an ideal place to get away from it all. There is a little hotel with 8 cabins where you can stay overnight. Kayaking and hiking are both popular activities on the island.