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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.

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, glacier cruises can be found in the port towns of Whittier, Valdez and Cordova. Each town has its own 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 as well as 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. Great wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing the natural beauty of Alaska with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine... Browse tour

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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 road ways. Visit Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park as well as the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez and Seward. The circular... Browse tour

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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 the Alaska Railroad to Denali and Fairbanks and by car to Valdez, Seward and Anchorage. We have tailored... Browse tour

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Prince William Sound 26 Glacier Cruise

Enjoy a day cruise from Whittier, Alaska on the calm waters of Prince William Sound for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier viewing and marine wildlife experience. Home to an abundance of glaciers and wildlife, Prince William Sound is one of Alaska’s... Browse tour

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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 a... Browse tour

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Columbia Glacier Kayaking Tour

On this Valdez, Alaska 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... Browse tour

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Columbia Glacier Cruise

This Valdez day tour with 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 diverse wildlife, including sea lions, sea otters, and... Browse tour

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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 will have a chance to spot and photograph Prince William Sound wildlife, including sea... Browse tour

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