Valdez is found in Southcentral Alaska on Prince William Sound. It is pronounced locally as "val-DEEZ", not like the Spanish surname.
Valdez is known as the town in Alaska with the highest annual snowfall. For example, as of late January 2012, Valdez had received more than 10 meters of snowfall, and was using extraordinary measures (such as the National Guard) to deal with it).
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- 1 Valdez Visitors Center, 309 Fairbanks Dr, ☏ +1 907-835-2984, email@example.com. Summer (May 1-Aug 31): M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa Su 10AM-6PM. Fall to spring (Sep 1-Apr 30): M-F 9AM-4PM.
To reach Valdez from Anchorage, there are some options. Quickest is to fly to 1 Valdez Airport. Flights are offered by Ravn Alaska (formerly Era Aviation) from Anchorage. If the weather is clear on your 45-min flight, you'll get great views of the Chugach mountains. Or in a full day you could drive the Richardson Highway. Or, you could drive or go by rail to Whittier and try and get a boat across Prince William Sound. The boat trip would take at least four hours. However, most boats from Whittier only offer day trips - glacier sight seeing and fishing - there isn't a scheduled ferry between Whittier and Valdez.
No public transport. Car and bike rental are available. The new airport is a couple of miles out of town, so if arriving by air, you'll need to get a taxi into town to avoid a tedious trudge. Once in town, walking is a good way to get around, as the town itself is small.
- 1 Pipeline Terminal (Valdez Marine Terminal (VMT)).
- 2 Valdez Museum, 217 Egan Dr, ☏ +1907-835-2764. 9AM-5PM daily.
Popular activities are mainly outdoor pursuits and include whitewater Rafting on the Lowe River through Keystone Canyon. Sea kayaking in Prince William Sound is offered by a couple of operators will ferry you and a canoe to places such as Shoup Bay, where you can spend the day kayaking in protected waters surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and seabird colonies. Heli skiing and snowboarding are possible in Thompson Pass while, hiking and cross country skiing is available on groomed Mineral Creek trails. Other activities include ice climbing, glacier tours in Prince William Sound, and elderhostel at Prince William Sound Community College.
- 1 Mineral Creek Trail. This easy trail is a 1.75-mile round trip through a valley filled with mountains and waterfalls. The W.L. Smith Stamp Mill, built in 1913 and used in conjunction with the nearby Mountain King Mine, is at the end of the trail.
- Copper River Salmon Charters, Mile 128.5 Richardson Highway, Gakona, ☏ +1 907 822-3664. Copper River Salmon Charters has been offering quality Chinook (King Salmon) and Sockeye (Red Salmon) Salmon charters in the tributaries to the Copper River in the beautiful Copper Valley since the early 1980s.
- 1 The Fat Mermaid, 143 N Harbor Dr, ☏ +1 907-835-3000. Summer 8AM-10PM. Pub food with view overlooking the marina.
- 1 Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn, 100 Harbor Dr, ☏ +1 907 835-3434, toll-free: +1-888-222-3440, fax: +1 907 835-2308. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 2 Downtown B&B Inn, 113 Galena Dr, ☏ +1 907-835-2791, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cozy and clean rooms, Wifi, private bathrooms, and great continental breakfasts. Summer: double bed with private bathroom $125. Winter: double bed with private bathroom $75.
- 3 [dead link] Mountain Sky Hotel & Suites, 100 Meals Ave, ☏ +1 907 835-4445. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Famously friendly staff. $89-179.
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