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The classic image of Alaska is of huge chunks of ice crashing into deep blue fjords, breathtaking coastlines and down to earth locals at one with their environment.

Prince William Sound has all this and more with rain-forested mountains and an abundance of wildlife such as whales, sealions, harbour seals, Dall sheep, mountain goats and, of course, bears.

Towns of Prince William Sound

Valdez harbourThere are three towns on Prince William Sound, all very different: Valdez has a remarkably picturesque setting amidst some of the world’s tallest mountains and is the terminal for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Cordova is a working fishing and canning port that remains somewhat off the beaten track, whilst the tiny port of Whittier is hemmed in by glaciated mountains with access through the recently-converted Whittier Tunnel.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Prince William Sound

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Prince William Sound, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Prince William Sound

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    Places near Prince William Sound

    Ideas for experiencing Prince William Sound

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Prince William Sound, and which use the best local guides.

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      Flightseeing tour to Columbia Glacier by floatplane

      Prince William Sound

      Take flight on a scenic three hour flightseeing tour across Prince William Sound Glacier, a majestic wilderness area of over 15,000 square miles of fjords, inlets, and rugged mountain peaks.