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Valdez [5] is found in Southcentral Alaska on Prince William Sound. It is pronounced locally as "val-DEEZ", not like the Spanish surname.


Valdez is known as the town in Alaska with the highest annual snowfall. For example, as of late January 2012, Valdez had received more than 10 meters of snowfall and was using extraordinary measures (such as the National Guard) to deal with it.


  • KCHU Radio 770am - [6]
  • Valdez Star Newspaper - [7]

Get in[edit]

To reach Valdez from Anchorage, there are several options. Quickest is to fly to Valdez Airport. There are three flights a day, offered by ERA Aviation. The flight takes 40 minutes and costs around $400 return. If it's clear, you'll get great views of the Chugach mountains. Or in a full day you could drive the Richardson Highway. Or you could drive or go by rail to Whittier and try to get a boat across Prince William Sound. The boat trip would take at least four hours. However, most boats from Whittier only offer day trips - glacier sight seeing and fishing. The Alaska Marine Highway system operates a ferry between Whittier and Valdez. (

Get around[edit]

No public transport. Car and bike rental are available. The new airport is a couple of miles out of town, so if arriving by air, you'll need to get a taxi into town to avoid a tedious trudge. Once in town, walking is a good way to get around, as the town itself is small.

See[edit][add listing]

Mountains surrounding Valdez
  • Harbor
  • Duck Flats
  • Mineral Creek
  • Pipeline Terminal
  • Valdez Museum

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Whitewater Rafting on the Lowe River through Keystone Canyon
  • Sea Kayak Prince William Sound. A couple of operators will ferry you and a canoe to places such as Shoup Bay, where you can spend the day kayaking in protected waters surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and seabird colonies
  • Ice Climbing
  • Heli Skiing and Snowboarding in Thompson Pass
  • Hiking and Cross Country Skiing on groomed Mineral Creek Trails
  • Fishing Charter
  • Glacier tour in Prince William Sound
  • Elderhostel at Prince William Sound Community College
  • Copper River Salmon Charters, Mile 128.5 Richardson Highway P. O. Box 222 Gakona, AK USA, 99586, (907) 822-3664, [1]. Copper River Salmon Charters has been offering qulaity Chinook (King Salmon) and Sockeye (Red Salmon) Salmon charters in the tributaries to the Copper River in the beautiful Copper Valley since the early 1980's.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Rent a fishing pole set-up when the Pink salmon are in and head over to Allison Point and try your luck as millions of pinks come in.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Alaska Bistro, 102 N Harbor Dr., (907) 835-5688, Large windows look out over the water and the food is mostly seafood.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, 100 Harbor Drive, +1 907 835-3434 (toll free: +1 888 222-3440, fax: +1 907 835-2308), [2].  edit
  • Downtown B&B Inn, PO Box 184, (907) 835-2791, [3]. Cozy and clean rooms, private bathrooms, and great continental breakfasts.  edit
  • Mountain Sky Hotel & Suites, 100 Meals Ave., 907.835.4445, [4]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. With recently renovated rooms, and famously friendly staff, the Mountain Sky Hotel will be your home away from home. Contact us today to see if you are eligible for any discounts! $89-$179.  edit

Get out[edit]

Take an Era Aviation flight direct to Anchorage.

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