Surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and nestled alongside Prince William Sound, the natural beauty and breathtaking views in Valdez create the perfect playground for outdoor activities and adventure throughout the year. Wildlife, birds, rainforests, wildflowers and marine life all flourish here in this wilderness mecca.
During summer and fall, while onboard one of the glacier and wildlife cruise vessels, you can experience the thunderous sound glaciers make as ice breaks away. See orca and humpback whales thrive in their natural environment as they return each year. While on a fishing charter, experience an adrenaline rush as you reel in the big one. Whether halibut, salmon, rockfish or lingcod is your fish of choice, Valdez is an anglers’ paradise. Back on shore, watch bears roam freely or take in the scenic views as you hike the many trails winding throughout the Chugach Mountains. You can also experience the scenic splendor of the area from the air during a helicopter flightseeing tour.
As winter arrives, the landscape changes from the rich colors of autumn to the falling of fresh snow, creating a stunning winter wonderland beside the sea.
Winter outdoor sports come to life with action-packed adventures suitable for any age group. Heli-skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice climbing, cross-country skiing – just a few adventures that are available to visitors during the winter and spring months. Looking for something slower paced? You can enjoy snowshoeing on the trail systems of the Chugach Mountains.
Valdez has an amazing story to tell travelers during visits to the various museums in the community. One can learn how Valdez rose up from disaster and became a destination visitors are itching to put on their bucket list.
No matter what time of year you visit, Mother Nature puts on an amazing show for all to see and enjoy.