Exploring downtown Valdez and the surrounding areas on your own can be informative and spectacular. Several locations around town showcase Valdez facts and history.
Stop by the Alyeska Pipeline Interpretive signs, located next to the city dock a short walk from downtown Valdez. You will also see an amazing view across the bay to the Alyeska Marine Terminal, which is where the pipeline concludes its 800-mile joiurney from Prudhoe Bay.
Visit one or all of the Valdez pocket plazas. Here you will find interpretive signs covering random Valdez facts and history. Also, take advantage of beautiful flowers and benches for sitting and taking in the views.
At the heart of Valdez, are three of Alaska's greatest museums. The Valdez Historical Museum and Old Town Exhibit walk you through Valdez's incredible history and give you a look at what life before the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake was like. The Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum holds a rare collection of Alaska Native artifacts, clothing and animal mounts, and is located at the campus of Prince William Sound Community College at the center of town.
Explore Keystone Canyon with its twenty plus beautiful waterfalls. Then head up to Thompson Pass and stop at Worthingtopn Glacier and experience alpine Alaska.
Explore Prince William Sound. Excursion vessels, rental boats, charters and kayak excursions depart daily from the Small Boat Harbor in downtown Valdez. Enjoy all that the Sound has to offer. See the abundant wildlife, the towering Chugach Moutains, the pristine blue glaciers and icebergs. Enjoy a chance at catching a few of Alaska's finest salmon. With millions of salmon entering the Port of Valdez, an angler can catch their limint of salmon in no time at all.
Valdez has taxi service available for transportation and short Valdez tours.
Come out and enjoy what Valdez has to offer because "Even Mother Nature has favorites!"