Introducing Prince William Sound
This 15,000-sq-mile region is home to precipitous fjords, impossibly steep coastal mountains, 150 boom-crashing glaciers, remarkable bird and animal life, and three very unique villages that provide your jumping off point to adventure.
Connected to the highway system (and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline), Valdez has dramatic mountain views, and helicopter skiing and blue-water paddling that is out of this world. The rough-neck city is flat, industrial and stark. Earthy Cordova is only accessed by boat or plane. This fun-loving fishing town has a quaint and compact city center, excellent bird watching and access to great hikes in the Chugach Mountains. On the western edge of the Sound, Whittier is easily reached by car from Anchorage. It is a bizarre city born out of war-time necessity that's hideous, gorgeous, evocative and eerie. There are fun glacier cruises and paddles out here, but the geography limits your land-bound adventures.