Valdez is a small, remote town known as “Little Switzerland”. It is nestled in a glacial fjord surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Valdez is a self-sustained town of about 4,200 residents, with grocery stores, gas stations, hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, museums, a hospital, schools, many shops, and an airport. The small boat harbor is a great place to watch the fishing boats and kayaks head out into Prince William Sound.
Valdez is located about 100 miles east of Anchorage. If you drive the Glenn and Richardson Highways around the Chugach Mountains to Valdez, the road will be 300 beautiful miles.
There are many activities to join other than sea kayaking. There are glacier hikes, glacier & wildlife cruises, hiking, and whitewater rafting. The town is very traveler-friendly with restaurants, hotels, and B&B’s. You can find all of your outdoor equipment needs at the local outdoor store or buy extra groceries at the full service market.