A visit to the Alyeska Tank Farm gives an up close view of pipeline © Wayde Carroll Photography Exploring the relics of the old town site, prior to the 1964 earthquake © Wayde Carroll Photography Maxine and Jesse Whitney Historical Museum © Wayde Carroll Photography Valdez is both a summer and winter playground © Alaska Marine Highway System Salmon runs make for great fishing in the summer months © Wayde Carroll Photography Seals lay about leisurely on floating icebergs © Wayde Carroll Photography

Valdez is the southern terminus of the Alaska Pipeline and is located in the South Central region of Alaska, 300 miles southeast of Anchorage and 360 miles south of Fairbanks. The crashing glaciers of Prince William Sound and towering Chugach Mountains rising from the sea make Valdez absolutely picturesque. The plentiful activities in both summer and winter, and a connection to the scenic Richardson Highway (Alaska's first highway), makes Valdez an ideal destination for travelers with vehicles. Visit valdezalaska.org for information.

A service area map for the community of Valdez

Summer activities for all experience levels include hiking to cascading waterfalls, kayaking and cruising the fjords of Prince William Sound. A winter playground with snowboarding, skiing, snowmachining, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. Valdez boasts the State of Alaska's oldest fishing derby with over $80,000 in cash and prizes awarded annually. Rich in history, Valdez museums invite you to learn about the past and present, enjoy rotating exhibits and view amazing Alaska Native art.