It takes time to experience all the wonders of Valdez.
We suggest you allow time to explore our glaciers, towering mountains, rushing waterfalls, incredible natural beauty and bountiful wildlife that makes visiting Valdez a true Alaskan experience. The small size of Valdez makes exploring the town on foot, bicycle or vehicle easy to do. For more info go to www.valdezalaska.org.
Thompson Pass. The Richardson Highway winds through beautiful Thompson Pass on the way to Valdez. Stop at Worthington Glacier; one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers.
Visit Keystone Canyon’s breathtaking waterfalls. Gorgeous waterfalls cascade from the Keystone Canyon walls as you enter the gateway to Valdez. Take a hike along the Goat Trail located on the west end of the Bridal Veil Falls parking area.
Explore the Prince William Sound. Home to glaciers, whales, porpoise, sea life, towering Chugach Mountains and a variety of sea birds. Situated in the midst of the Chugach National Forest, the Prince William Sound is the northern most temperate rain forest in the U.S. The towns and villages of Chenega Bay, Cordova, Tatitlek, Whittier and Valdez can be found along the 2,700 miles of coastline. Excursion vessels, rental boats, charters and kayaks depart daily from the small boat harbor in downtown Valdez, or charter a helicopter to see the spectacular sights.
See our amazing Glaciers: Valdez is home to many accessible glaciers. You can hike, bike, boat or take a helicopter to explore any of our awe-inspiring glaciers.
Take a hike. Valdez boasts some of the most scenic and historic trails in Alaska, ranging from various lengths and difficulty levels. Featured in “World’s Best Hikes,” by Bear Grylls on Nationalgeographic.com, the 1.3 mile long John Hunter Memorial Trail begins in a beautiful coastal spruce forest, merges with the Alyeska Pipeline maintenance road and eventually leads to Solomon Lake and its’ two dams.
Go fishing. Valdez is a premier fishing destination, offering all species of salmon and some of the most accessible halibut fishing in Alaska. Take part in our fishing derbies to potentially win BIG money and FUN prizes. More information can be found at www.valdezfishderbies.com There is even a special event for Kids and Women.
Check out our Museums. The Valdez Museum and Remembering Old Valdez Exhibit tells the story of the incredible history and culture of Valdez- from the gold rush to present day. The Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum holds a rare collection of Alaska Native artifacts and animal mounts.
Explore our local shops. If you are looking for that special memento to help you remember your Alaska experience, one of our many gift shops are sure to please.
Dine in our Restaurants. From hearty burgers to delicious seafood, there’s something to satisfy your hunger. Whether you prefer casual or elegant dining - Valdez has a restaurant for you.
The fun continues through winter. Valdez is known for its epic snowfall. People from around the world come to take part in a variety of winter activities like snowboarding, skiing, ice climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, heli-skiing, snowmobiling and more.