Prince William Sound
Alaska's Prince William Sound is ringed by the coastal mountains of the Chugach Range and situated in the midst of the Chugach National Forest. Its 2,700 miles of coastline is home to the towns and villages of Chenega Bay, Cordova, Tatitlek, Whittier and Valdez.
Only 60 miles from Anchorage, Whittier offers wildlife, walking along the harbor or hiking the Portage Pass, Salmon Run or Horse Tail Falls trails. Take the Alaska Marine Highway from Whittier to Cordova to amble across the Million Dollar Bridge, explore Orca Inlet, or be surrounded by tens of thousands of shorebirds at Hartney Bay. Consider visiting the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova. Valdez is a short ferry ride from Whittier or Cordova and offers some of the most stunning scenery in Alaska. This unparalleled natural scenery is matched only by the abundant activities offered throughout the year. Enjoy Valdez's five accessible glaciers for cruising, hiking, trekking, exploring and even rappelling. You can raft nearby rivers, kayak in Prince William Sound, hike, bike and enjoy historical museums. Valdez is also a premier fishing destination, offering all species of salmon and some of the most accessible big halibut in Alaska.
The Alaska Marine Highway offers service throughout the year to all three major coastal Prince William Sound communities. With special permission, plan on visiting the unique communities of Tatitlek and Chenega Bay as well.