The growth and settlement of Valdez can be attributed to fur trading, salmon canning, gold and copper mining - the beauty that surrounded all that activity is evident today in a simple walk through town © Wayde Carroll Photography
  • Summer activities for all experience levels include hiking to cascading waterfalls, kayaking and cruising the fjords of Prince William Sound.
  • Valdez boasts the State of Alaska's oldest fishing derby with over $80,000 in cash and prizes awarded annually.
  • Rich in history, Valdez museums invite you to learn about the past and present, enjoy rotating exhibits and view amazing Alaska Native art.
  • A winter playground with snowboarding, skiing, snowmachining, snowshoeing, and ice climbing.
  • Visit for more information on available activities and accommodations.

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Available routes to and from Valdez, Alaska

Service Area

Ferry service from Valdez to neighboring Prince William Sound communities is provided three days per week in the summer and two to three days per week in the winter. By ferry, Valdez is two hours and forty five minutes from Tatitlek and five hours and forty five minutes from Whittier. En route to Valdez traverse the northern-most ice free fjord in North America.

Valdez, Alaska © Wayde Carroll Photography

Trip Ideas

Below are some ideas to help you plan your trip to Alaska. Please note that availability and routing on your particular date of travel may vary from the suggested itinerary.