Looking for a quick getaway with visiting family and friends? Go to Cordova for a long weekend for the best of both worlds - the pleasures of a sophisticated small town and step-out-the-door access to adventure. Cordova is easy to reach (but not too easy) and pleasantly off the main roads of Alaska tourism.
Drive from Anchorage to Whittier and Ferry to Cordova (+)
Drive from Anchorage to Whittier and Ferry to Cordova (-)
From Anchorage, drive 60 miles to Whittier. Be sure to check the schedule for the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel before you depart. Whittier is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States, and water-related adventures abound. Board the ferry for a three-hour cruise to Cordova. Prince William Sound is made up of many deep fjords with tidewater glaciers and islands around every turn, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Cordova — Alaska's Hidden Treasure (+)
Cordova — Alaska's Hidden Treasure (-)
Visitors from around the globe trek to Cordova to fish for salmon on the Copper River Delta, explore Orca Inlet, hike the Chugach National Forest or be surrounded by tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds at Hartney Bay. The eclectic town is the perfect complement to the wilderness. It is a comfortable place to stroll, shop, visit a museum or gallery, or linger over a cup of coffee and admire the view of the bustling commercial fishing harbor. Drive or bike 34 miles of the Copper River Highway to see an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. The Copper River is one of Alaska's greatest rivers with a delta that spreads over 584 square miles and supports the famous Copper River wild salmon fishery. Go halibut fishing in nearby waters or take your pick of rivers for the chance to catch a salmon. Nearby hills and forests have miles of world-class USFS hiking trails including a hiking trail to Sheridan Glacier, or you could visit the Million Dollar Bridge and Childs Glacier with an organized tour operator. Also stop by the Cordova Historical Museum, the Native Village of Eyak's Ilanka Cultural Center and the Prince William Sound Science Center.
Homeward Bound by Ferry (+)
Homeward Bound by Ferry (-)
In the morning, board the ferry for the return trip. Spend some time in Whittier before returning home. Fishing is a popular activity for all ages, take a kayak tour or go scuba diving. Search for wildlife, beachcomb, pick berries, or go for a hike. You will be back in Anchorage before dinner with a few hours to relax before heading back to work, or take a couple more days off to explore your own backyard a bit more.