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July in Valdez

July is a great time to visit Valdez, with so much to do. Check our local events calendar for more updates. 

Fourth of July Celebration

Come join in the the locals for a family fun day of events including a parade through town. 

people ride bikes through Valdez, Alaska in summertime

Glacier & Wildlife Tours

August is a great time to see Valdez's abundant wildlife and glaciers. Local tour operators run throughout the month offering tours including cruises, ATV tours, helicopter tours and guided kayak tours. 

a cruise ship tours a tidewater glacier

Photo from Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

Fishing

July is a great month for fishing in Valdez. Local fishing charters head out daily to fish for halibut, salmon and rockfish. Fishing from shore along Dayville Road is also an option during July, as the runs of pink salmon start coming in.

a family fishes from a boat

Kids Pink Salmon Derby Day

The Kids Pink Salmon Derby Day, which is part of the annual Valdez Fish Derbies, is a great way to introduce your kids to Alaska salmon fishing. This is a one-day event, and the pinks are plentiful and easy to catch and the kids can win great prizes. 

Kids Fishing

Photo from Valdez Outfitters

Hiking

July is a great for exploring Valdez's miles of hiking trails. Just remember to remain bear aware while out on the trails!

a trail marker for two hiking trails

Museums & History

Valdez has several museums that are open throughout the month of July. Check out the Valdez Museum on Egan Drive, and the museum's "Remembering Old Valdez" exhibit on Hazelet Avenue. The Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum at Prince William Sound College is also open throughout July. It's also possible to explore the original Valdez townsite, known locally as Old Town, where Valdez stood before the 1964 earthquake

A museum display

Gold Rush Days

The annual Valdez Gold Rush Days celebration is held each year over the final week of July and the first week of August. If you're visiting during the end of July, make sure to check out the local festivals celebrating Valdez's gold rush heritage

The Valdez Gold Rush Days Hoosegow

Photo from Valdez Gold Rush Days

 

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