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Glacier Viewing

Imagine being near the face of calving glaciers, watching huge chunks of ice fall into the ocean as the rumbling crack of breaking ice fills the air. Whether you charter a helicopter, take a boat, or hike, Valdez has many accessible, breathtaking glaciers to explore. Some of the main glaciers include:

Columbia Glacier is the second-largest tidewater glacier in North America, and the largest in Prince William Sound.

Meares Glacier is very unique. While most glaciers throughout the world are retreating. Meares Glacier is one of the only advancing tidewater glaciers in North America.

Shoup Glacier is tucked away in Shoup Bay and is accessible by boat, kayak, and helicopter or on foot.

Valdez Glacier is located on the outskirts of Valdez and is full of amazing history. Known as the All American Route, gold seekers traveled over the glacier into the interior of Alaska during the Gold Rush of 1898.

Worthington Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska. Located in Thompson Pass, just off the Richardson Highway, this glacier is a must-see if you are driving in or out of Valdez. Watch for the turnout area to the glacier, park your vehicle, and then walk up to the glacier for an up-close experience.

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