该城镇位于阿拉斯加铁路和苏厄德高速公路终点处 ， 是邮轮的起航港和离船港 ， 有 2,619 位居民 ， 从安克雷奇前往这里的交通十分便利 ， 是酷爱漂流、远足、垂钓、观赏鲸鱼和冰川之人的胜地。让苏厄德相形见绌的是著名的马拉松山，这里是阿拉斯加最著名、最具挑战性的竞走场地之一。这场赛事最初不过是1909 年朋友间的打赌，而后发展成为如今一年一度长 3.1 英里、徒步登上 3,022 英尺高峰的盛事。这项赛事吸引全球无数经验丰富的跑步者前来角逐，同时也是阿拉斯加最棒的庆祝盛典之一 – 苏厄德七月四日庆典的重头戏。
该市还是 基奈峡湾国家公园 的入口处。基奈峡湾建于 1980 年，占地 587,000 英亩，因壮观的哈定冰原而誉享全球，无数的入海冰川沿海岸峡湾倾泻而下。这里景观秀美，野生海洋生物种类繁多，使该公园成为最热门的旅游景点之一。许多游客会选择沿苏厄德南岸进行邮轮一日游，观看冰川崩解入海的壮丽景象，观赏海豹、海狮和鲸鱼的倩影。基奈峡湾国家公园另一处最著名的景点就是出口冰川，位于城镇北部。这座冰川可经由陆路抵达，可近距离观赏冰川美景，还有相关信息和登山健行步道。
更加刺激的活动是租赁一艘皮划艇 ， 探幽公园深处 ， 在海獭身边行进 ， 夜晚降临时还可欣赏冰川。这里有多间公用小木屋，游客可提前预定。如需了解更多关于公园项目的信息，请联系基奈峡湾国家公园。
苏厄德成立于 1903 年，当时定居者们是来修建北行铁路线的。到 1923 年阿拉斯加铁路竣工之时，这个终年不结冰的港口成为基奈半岛最重要的航运基地。该市还是长为1,200 英里伊迪塔罗德国家古道至诺姆的南端终点，很久以来都是经由内陆和丛林狗拉雪橇行进的主道。与阿拉斯加中南区的多数城镇一样，苏厄德在 1964 年耶稣受难日地震中损失惨重，火灾和海啸摧毁了城镇 90% 的地区，之后重建，开启了一个新的历史篇章。公立图书馆是记录这场自然灾害的场所之一，图书馆内播放名为“巨浪淹没苏厄德”的幻灯片为来访者展示这场地震。
Alaska SeaLife Center
The Alaska SeaLife Center
is one of Alaska's finest attractions. The exhibits range from oil-spill displays and the Alaska Waters Gallery, aquariums holding colorful fish and gossamer jellyfish to a tidepool touch tank, where you can hold sea anemones and starfish. The highlight for most visitors is a series of two story, glass-sided tanks where you get the above-water view of seabird rookeries and recuperating harbor seals or a below-the-water view of prowling sea lions and puffins diving for dinner. An outdoor observation platform offers a fabulous view of the mountains ringing Resurrection Bay and a chance to watch salmon thrash their way up a fish ladder.
The most popular way to view and Resurrection Bay and the dramatic fjords, glaciers and marine wildlife of Kenai Fjords National Park
is to book passage on one of the many tour-boat cruises. Tours range from wildlife cruises in Resurrection Bay to day-long outings that take visitors to Holgate Arm or Northwestern Fjord within the national park. Some offer a stop for lunch buffet lunch on beautiful Fox Island.
Seward has a large charter fishing fleet that is well developed to take visitors out into Resurrection Bay and further for some of the best angling of any Kenai Peninsula port. The main catch is silver salmon that start to appear in July in large schools to feed on candlefish in preparation for the spawning runs at the end of August. Other species of interesting to anglers are king salmon and halibut.
Exit Glacier Nature Center
Overlooking Exit Glacier is Exit Glacier Nature Center
. The National Park Service visitor center features interpretive displays on the natural history of the glacier, has a small gift shop and is the starting point for ranger-guided hikes.
For those limited on time, the best way to view the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park
and the stunning mountain scenery that surrounds Seward is on a flightseeing tour. Several air taxi companies operate out of the Seward Airport and offer a variety of tours and options.
Some of the best and most impressive kayaking in the Kenai Peninsula is found within Kenai Fjords National Park
with many visitors utilizing water taxis to reduce the amount of paddling needed to reach the tidewater glaciers and marine wildlife found in the heart of the park. Others chose to kayak right outside Seward in Resurrection Bay. Within town are outfitters that rent kayaks, provide water drop-offs and offer guided trips.
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center
Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center
is located in Seward's small-boat harbor and has displaus on the national park. Visitors also stop by for information on hiking and camping or to obtain maps and field guides to the area.
Exhibits at the Seward Museum range from an excellent Iditarod exhibit and a rare 49-star US flag to relics of Seward's Russian era, the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and 1989 oil spill. Most surprising to many visitors is a 'cow raincoat' designed for the oft-drenched cattle at the now-defunct Seward dairy.
Seward Silver Salmon Derby
The annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby is staged in mid-August and attracts anglers from around the country. The lucky anglers who finish with the largest silver salmon divide a prize pot totaling more than $100,000.
In Seward visitors can tour a sled-dog kennel and listen to stories from veterans of the state's famed Iditarod Seld Dog Race. Or they can hop on a helicopter for a flight to a glacier, where they'll be met by a musher, his dogs and an opportunity for a sled-dog ride, even in July.
Surrounding Seward is a number of public-use cabins that can be reserved for a wilderness get-away. The remote, rustic cabins are reached by paddle, float plane or on foot and are maintained by the Alaska Division of Parks in Caines Head State Recreation Area
, the U.S. Forest Service in Chugach National Forest
and the National Park Service as Kenai Fjords National Park
has several boat-accessible public-use cabins.