Valdez

Valdez Day Cruises, Kayaking Day Trips & Outdoor Adventures

Valdez is a picturesque community located on Prince William Sound in South Central Alaska well known for its fishing heritage being one of the few ice-free ports in Alaska. The surrounding coastal mountains have been compared to views of the Swiss Alps.

The original town of Valdez, founded in 1898, was created via a scam to lure prospectors off the Klondike Gold Rush trail by steamship companies promoting the Valdez Glacier Trail as a better route than Skagway for miners to reach the Klondike gold fields and the gold rich fields in the Copper River country of interior Alaska. With steep glacier trails, and many miners died attempting the crossing and Valdez did not flourish until after the construction of the Richardson Highway in 1899, which connected Valdez and Fairbanks and permanently established the town as the first overland supply station into the interior of Alaska.

Since its gold rush days, Valdez has evolved into an important shipping center because it is the most northerly year-round, ice-free port in the western hemisphere. Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was completed in 1977 and Valdez was chosen as the terminus for the 800 mile pipeline out of Prudhoe Bay. During the construction phase of the pipeline, Valdez’s population surged to 10,000. When it was completed and the oil started flowing, the population settled to its current level of about 4,000 year-round residents.

Browsing 5 tours related to Valdez

Valdez Duck Flats - Gary Minish
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $76 / per person

On this Alaska kayaking day tour from Valdez, you will enjoy an exciting and educational paddle over the calm waters of duck flats in a double or triple person sea kayak. From the... View Tour Details

Prince William Sound guided kayaking from Valdez.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $210 / per person

This Valdez, Alaska day tour kayaking to Shoup Glacier offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds‘ many calving tidewater glaciers. This day trip is perfect... View Tour Details

Guided sea kayaking in Prince William Sound from Valdez.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $260 / per person

On this Valdez, Alaska day tour, search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters and sea lions as you transfer two hours to the Columbia Glacier by water taxi. This is Alaska’s... View Tour Details

Stan Stephens Columbia Glacier cruises from Valdez in Prince William Sound.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $132 / per person

This Valdez based glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view Prince Williams Sound’s... View Tour Details

Prince William Sound glacier cruising from Valdez.
Duration: Day Tour
Starting at: $165 / per person

This Valdez day tour takes you on a 110-mile cruise through the majestic waters of Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. On board you will have a chance to view the Sound’s... View Tour Details