Wondering if anyone has done a one way car rental from Seward to Anchorage. I just found out Seward is 126 miles from Anchorage. Gee I guess it is a big state. Looked like only a few miles on Celebrity's map.
Seriously: If anyone has done a one way rental I would like to know who you rented with and what the approximate cost is. I would also like to know if the drive from Seward to Anchorage is a nice one.
The Seward Highway is considered to be one of, (IF NOT the most) beautiful drive in Alaska. That's saying a lot! We're going to spend 3 days on the Kenai Penninsula before catching our cruise and we'll be driving from Anchorage (so I have no idea about one way rentals out of Seward). The Kenai is so spectacular (we've already been on an Alaskan cruise once) that we'll drive in and around it and then go back to Anchorage to catch the train BACK to Seward to get on the ship. I'd suggest that you consider the train and/or go to travelocity.com to see what is available in the rental car market.
Late last night I booked a rental car through Hertz. Pickup in Seward and drop off at Anchorage International Airport. Cost for a 1 day rental on a Ford Escort was $137.50 total. Not too bad for a one way.
It is great to hear that the Seward Highway will be a beautiful drive. I'll bet that we will kick ourselves for booking our outbound flight on Saturday instead of Sunday.
We'll probably want that extra day to enjoy the Kenai Penninsula.
If you've got the whole day, there's a lot worth seeing along your way. You might want to consider buying a Milepost, since it goes through a lot of detail on EVERYTHING you could possibly see or do (including rest stops). Some good choices are Exit Glacier (just outside of Seward), Portage Glacier (a short drive off the hwy) and the Wild Animal Park - great place to stretch your legs. There's a tram ride up the mountain that's worthwhile (I can't remember the name of the resort), and a bird sanctuary that affords upbelievable views of Mt. McKinley (if the weather is good to you).
There are many places to pull off when you reach Turnagain Arm. Please plan on stopping for at least 10 minutes to shoot pictures - you might even see some whales! Have a great trip.
I have driven the Seward Highway several times and yes you will be sorry you are not doing more interior touring. As you found out only Hertz is available for the one way without a drop off fee. They do give AAA discounts is you or someone going is a member. The other poster was referring to Girdwood in reference to the chair lift. You may also want to stop at Portage Glacier' s visitor center, even though the glacier has recceded so it it basically not visable anymore- but do drive past and throught the tunnel- can get a peek there. Definately be on the lookout for belugas in Turnagain arm, last year all I saw was an endless amount of blows- this is not all that common though but hopefully you will have luck!!!!