Top Choice Glacier in Valdez

Columbia Glacier

The big daddy of Prince William Sound's glaciers is also one of the world's fastest moving, though, like many ice floes in Alaska, it is rapidly retreating – peeling back an estimated 19 miles since 1980. Spilling f…
Top Choice Museum in Valdez

Valdez Museum

This lovingly curated museum includes an ornate, steam-powered antique fire engine, a 19th-century saloon bar and the ceremonial first barrel of oil to flow from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Historic Site in Valdez

Old Valdez

Old Valdez is like a wilder, starker, less trammeled version of Italy's Pompeii. This is where the town stood before the devastating 1964 earthquake pretty much wiped it out. Today there isn't much left of the origi…
Museum in Valdez

Valdez Museum Annex

This annex of the Valdez Museum is dominated by a scale model of the Old Valdez township. Each home destroyed in the Good Friday Earthquake has been restored in miniature, with the family’s name in front. In the the…
Museum in Valdez

Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

For a small town Valdez has several wonderful museums, including this one, the private collection of an American couple who settled in Alaska in 1947 and became enthusiastic horders of Alaska Native art, artifacts a…
Harbor in Valdez

Small-boat Harbor

Valdez’ harbor is a classic: raucous with gulls and eagles, reeking of fish guts, sea salt and creosote, and home to all manner of vessels. The benches and long boardwalk are ideal for watching lucky anglers weighin…
Sculpture in Valdez

Trail of the Whispering Giants

A huge 25ft-high rendering of an Alaska Native in Sitka spruce warily guards Prince William Sound College. The sculpture by Peter Wolf Toth is one in a series of 50 similar artworks (one in each US state). It was do…
Landmark in Valdez

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal

Across the inlet from town, Valdez’ ever-pumping heart once welcomed visitors, but since September 11, 2001, stricter security protocols have closed it to the public.
Notable Building in Valdez

Civic Center

The Civic Center sits amid greenery with picnic tables, a small lake and the short Overlook Trail in close proximity.