Visit 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.
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.
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
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Valdez
- Prince William Sound 70 kilometers away
- McCarthy & Kennicott 168 kilometers away
- Anchorage 191 kilometers away
- Wrangell St. Elias National Park 200 kilometers away
- Cooper Landing 200 kilometers away
- Seward 204 kilometers away
- Talkeetna 239 kilometers away
- Kenai Peninsula 239 kilometers away
- Tok 299 kilometers away
- Denali Park Entrance 304 kilometers away
- Denali National Park 325 kilometers away
- Homer 331 kilometers away
- Fairbanks 419 kilometers away
Photos of Valdez
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.
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.
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.
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.