The beautiful port city of Valdez must be on each Alaska route. Located in the heart of the Alaska Adventure Trail, which connects Valdez to Anchorage, it is a paradise for adventurous activities such as hiking and ice climbing. These are the top five things to do in Valdez, Alaska.
1. Visit Valdez Glacier
The Valdez Glacier is incredibly worth visiting. After a short drive from the centre of Valdez, you can park on a free parking spot and explore the shores of the glacial lake. Also go kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddle here, but it’s best to call an expert guide because the glacier can calve at any time because it is very unstable.
2. Gold Creek Coastal Kayak Tour
It’s an impressing way to visit one of Valdez’s lesser-known regions. Gold Creek State Park includes a rainforest and wild beach. It is accessible via a relatively simple kayak from the small marina of Valdez. Paddle the stunning Prince William Sound and watch wildlife such as whales, seals and otters before landing on a deserted beach for lunch.
3. Valdez Museum and Historical Archive
The Valdez Museum and the historical archives trace the colourful history of Valdez, from European exploration in the 1700s to more contemporary events, such as the tragic oil disaster in Valdez. Rotating temporary exhibitions show local artists and change about four times a year. Permanent exhibits include unique items such as a restored vintage steam engine, gold rush coins and even an old parlour.
4.Columbia Glacier Kayak Tour
The 10-hour Tour of Columbia Glacier Kayak which organized by Anadyr Adventures starts with long cruise lasted for an hour to Prince William Sound, where everything will be visible from waterfalls to otters. You will see the active icebergs crack and stir, as well as the opportunity to walk in the nearby forest. When you arrive at the Columbia Glacier, you explore around Alaska’s second-largest glacier.
5. Bridal Veil Falls Trail
This short, easy walk takes hikers to a spectacular viewpoint above the Keystone Canyon and towering Bridal Veil Falls. This trail accompanies the reconstructed Trans-Alaska Military Trail and contains the best educational signage to explain the history of the site.
6. Explore Keystone Canyon
The road to this area is spectacular, but when you reach the moat, you will be amazed by the beauty. It is surrounded by waterfalls which attract tourists to take pictures and have the best moment of life.
It is best to visit early for the crowds and get the best views, but you can also visit by tourism if you do not want to drive yourself. You can also see the Keystone Canyon tunnel.