Summer time in Valdez brings a myriad of fun things to do. Valdez has unprecedented access to Mother Nature in full force and is home to many land animals, sea life, birds and more. Wildflowers grace the miles of trails in and around Valdez. Humpback and orca whales make their home in the Prince William Sound. Glaciers nest atop towering mountains as majestic waterfalls pour from the melting ice and snow. Some glaciers reach all the way to the ocean and greet the tide with their impressive size.
Whether you find yourself on land or sea, there’s always something to do in Valdez. Experiencing the Prince William Sound is a must. Surrounded by the Chugach National Forest (the second largest National forest in the U.S.), the Prince William Sound contains various tidewater glaciers including Columbia Glacier ( the largest tidewater glacier in South central Alaska), and Meares Glacier (one of two advancing tide water glaciers in North America).
Valdez has the largest port in all of Prince William Sound. Come visit us and take half day, full day or extended tours of Prince William Sound and get the best vantage points for glaciers, whales, mountain goats, sea otters, seals, puffins, sea lions, shorebirds and so much more.
Excursion vessels, glacier and wildlife tour boats, rental boats, charters, and sail boats depart from the Small Boat Harbor for fishing, sightseeing and lodge transport. Or, take a helicopter to see our impressive mountains, glaciers, wildlife and Prince William Sound. Skim the seas on a guided nature kayak tour or take an extended camping trip.
Guided raft trips will take you past towering waterfalls of Keystone Canyon. Fly-outs and drop-offs are possible to remote locations in the Sound and Chugach Mountains. Be sure to sample Valdez's rich history by visiting one or all three of the local museums. See the Tours and Attractions page for a list of local tour companies.