In late spring, Alaska has more hours of daylight than anywhere else in the country. Snow begins to melt, flowers bloom and families of gray whales complete their annual journey back to the Gulf of Alaska.
One of the most popular places in the state to view these magnificent animals is the coastal town of Seward, a 2.5-hour drive from Anchorage or a four-hour scenic train ride on Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic run (service begins in mid-May, alaskarailroad.com).
While most visitors to Seward don’t arrive until the summer months, gray whales return to the area in early spring and whale watching tours begin in late March. Grab a spot on one of many whale-watching boats and enjoy an afternoon full of breaching whales, fresh air and the stunning Kenai Fjords.
After an exciting day on the water, retire to the cozy Seward Windsong Lodge (alaskacollection.com) for a quiet evening in front of a crackling fire. Located at the base of the Kenai Mountains, the Windsong Lodge is only four miles from downtown Seward and serves as a great base for other outdoor activities in the area including sea kayaking, fishing and hiking.
To learn more about whale watching in Seward and to plan your visit, go to seward.com.