Prince William Sound

Calving Glaciers, Abundant Marine Wildlife, and World-class Fishing

Located on the eastern side of the Kenai Peninsula and south of the Chugach Mountains, Prince William Sound is renowned for stunning mountain views, calving glaciers, abundant marine wildlife, and world-class fishing. A tour of Prince William Sound should be on everyone’s list of things to do!

Most of the land surrounding Prince William Sound is within the Chugach National Forest, the second-largest national forest in the United States. The Sound and surrounding waterways are also part of the Alaska State Marine Parks. The marine parks allow public access to the coastal environment, the islands throughout the Sound, and the ability for boats to anchor. Twenty state parks can be found around the Sound, and more than 10,000 glaciers.

Enclosed by mountains and glaciers and protected from the high seas by barrier islands, Prince William Sound represents one of Alaska’s premier recreation areas for water-based activities. Charters and scheduled day tours for sportfishing, guided kayaking, and glacier cruises can be found in the port towns of Whittier, Valdez, and Cordova. Each city has its unique charm but a common connection with the water, fishing, and glaciers.

Whittier and Valdez can be accessed via the road system from both Anchorage and Fairbanks. Cordova has daily flights on Alaska Airlines from Anchorage and summer flights from Juneau and Seattle.


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All Alaska Classic Self Drive Tour

Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell - St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing Alaska's natural beauty with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows,... Browse itinerary

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Alaska Highlights Self-Drive Tour

This independent Alaska self-drive tour features many of the state's most popular attractions and scenic roadways. Visit Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park and the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez, and Seward. The circular... Browse itinerary

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Circle Alaska Adventure Tour

Ride the Alaska Railroad, explore Denali National Park, search for gold, meet a sled dog team, and much more! Travel abroad on the Alaska Railroad to Denali and Fairbanks and by car to Valdez, Seward, and Anchorage. We... Browse itinerary

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

This Valdez day tour with a glacier and wildlife cruise through Prince William Sound features a visit to Columbia Glacier. On board, you can view Prince Williams Sound’s diverse wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and whales. Learn... Browse itinerary

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Shoup Glacier Kayaking Tour

This Valdez kayaking tour to Shoup Glacier offers an intimate experience at one of Prince William Sounds’ many calving tidewater glaciers. This day trip is perfect for both beginner and experienced kayakers. Climb aboard a motor boat for... Browse itinerary

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Columbia Glacier Kayaking Tour

On this Valdez day tour, search for wildlife such as whales, sea otters, and sea lions as you cruise for two hours to the Columbia Glacier by water taxi. This is Alaska’s second-largest tidewater glacier. Since the early... Browse itinerary

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Meares Glacier Cruise from Valdez

This Valdez day tour takes you on a 110-mile glacier cruise through the majestic waters of Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. On board, you can spot and photograph Prince William Sound wildlife, including sea otters, harbor seals,... Browse itinerary

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