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Valdez, Alaska

Surrounded by magnificent mountains, Valdez is a picturesque coastal town located on Prince William Sound and is accessible from the Richardson Highway.

The town has a turbulent history, starting as gateway to the gold fields for hundreds of stampeders and more recently has been the focus of the 1964 earthquake and the Exxon oil tanker accident.

Exploring Prince William Sound

The town is also one of the gateways to Prince William Sound where it is possible to join a cruise and see calving tide-water glaciers, humpback and orca whales and seabirds.

Old Valdez

Valdez was hit particularly hard by the 1964 earthquake and just beyond the new town it is possible to see the remnants of Old Valdez including a memorial to the earthquake's victims.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Valdez

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Valdez, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Valdez

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    Places near Valdez

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    Accommodation choices for Valdez

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Valdez. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Totem Hotel & Suites, Valdez

      Totem Hotel & Suites

      Simple

      Situated within walking distance of the charming harbour of Valdez is the Totem Hotel and Suites, a hotel offering a comfortable range of spacious guest rooms, suites and cabins.

    • Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn, Valdez

      Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn

      Simple

      The Best Western Valdez Harbour Inn offers 90 guest rooms, a wonderful location overlooking the harbour and is within walking distance of the downtown area.

    Ideas for experiencing Valdez

    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 Valdez, and which use the best local guides.

    • Eagle resting on the ice, Meares Glacier

      Columbia Glacier Kayaking

      Valdez

      Search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters and sea lions as you take the two-hour transfer to the Columbia Glacier by water taxi.