Valdez is the perfect destination for your group tour.
Worthington Glacier: On your way into Valdez stop at Worthington Glacier, one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers. The glacier may be seen from the road while driving along the Richardson Highway to or from Valdez. Parking is available at the Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site for a small fee. Easy accessibility off the highway provides excellent views of the Worthington Glacier, which melts and flows into the Tsina River. The recreation site provides interpretive signage along a paved wheelchair-accessible trail from the parking lot to a viewing platform situated just a short distance from the toe of the glacier. This site is open until closed by winter snow and ice conditions.
Valdez Glacier: Amazing views are available at Glacier View Park at the end of Airport Road. There is free parking and no admission. The park opens up to Valdez Glacier Lake, where visitors can view icebergs which have broken off of Valdez Glacier. Guided kayak tours of the lake and icebergs are available, and can accommodate groups. During the winter, visitors can hike, snowshoe or ski out onto the frozen lake and walk among the icebergs.
Museums: Valdez offers several museums exploring the history and culture of our region. The Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum at Prince William Sound College is FREE to the public and explores the natural and cultural history of Alaska. The Valdez Museum & Historical Archive covers the history of Alaska Native Heritage, the Gold Rush, the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Valdez Museum charges a small admission, but group discounts are available. Additional exhibits on wildlife, history, art and culture may be viewed at the Valdez Visitors Center.
The Fish Hatchery: Your group will love visiting the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery! FREE self guided tours are available along the hatchery walkway May through October. The self-guided tour is open at all times unless there is bear activity along the walkway. View the fish ladder and learn the history and economic benefits of the hatchery, as well as the types and life cycles of this amazing species through interpretive display panels and interactive videos.
Crooked Creek: Open from May to September, the Crooked Creek U.S. Forestry Service cabin offers visitor’s information on the surrounding Chugach forest, wildlife and more. Be sure to explore the salmon viewing point near the cabin, where spawning fish and other wildlife are frequently seen. Meander the cement pathways that lead to nearby attractions like the gorgeous waterfall located behind the U.S. Forestry cabin, or wetlands where all kinds of birds are frequently seen. Watch for bears in this area too
Hiking Trails: Valdez Parks & Recreation maintains several hiking trails located right along town. Some easier/shorter hiking trails that be excellent for group tours include Dock Point Trail, Homestead Trail and the East & West Dike Trails. During the winter, our in-town trails are groomed and maintained for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. During the winter, FREE rentals of cross-country skis, snowshoes and other snow gear are available at Prince William Sound College as part of their "Ski for Free" program.
Glacier & Wildlife Cruises: Local Valdez tour operators offer glacier & wildlife cruises exploring Prince William Sound on yachts or catamarans big enough to accommodate large groups. Attractions include calving tidewater glaciers and wildlife such as puffins, sea lions, otters, and whales. Inquire with tour operators about group discounts.
Looking to book a hotel for your group tour? Valdez has several local hotels available within walking distance. Local B&Bs, campgrounds, and cabins are also available.
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