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Your Ideal Home Base for Exploring Valdez

The BEST WESTERN Valdez Harbor Inn is located on the picturesque Valdez waterfront, offering spectacular views and easy access to area’s top attractions. Our location is just steps from the marina and within walking distance of all of Valdez’s businesses and amenities. We are easily accessible from the Richardson Highway (#4) and offer ample free parking onsite.

Local Attractions

Here’s a link of some of Valdez’s more popular local attractions

  • 0.20 mile(s) from Observation Hill
  • 0.40 mile(s) from Barney Meyring Park
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Valdez Visitors Bureau
  • 0.75 mile(s) from Valdez Duck Flats
  • 1.50 mile(s) from Mineral Creek
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Valdez Fisheries
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Bridal Veil
  • 20.00 mile(s) from Worthington Glacier
  • 0.20 mile(s) from Valdez Convention Center
  • 0.40 mile(s) from Valdez Museum and Historical Archive
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Valdez Consortium Library
  • 1.00 mile(s) from sightseeing tours
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Valdez Old Town Site
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Valdez Glacier Park
  • 12.00 mile(s) from Keystone Canyon
  • 15.00 mile(s) from Horsetail Falls


Corporate Locations

  • 0.90 mile(s) from Valdez Regional Community Hospital

Nearby Cities

  • 117 mile(s) from Glennallen
  • 310 mile(s) from Anchorage

Transportation

Transportation is a breeze when you stay at the BEST WESTERN Valdez Harbor. We offer our guests a complimentary airport shuttle service to and from the Anchorage International Airport.

  • Airport courtesy shuttle available 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Bus available at Marine Highway dock
  • 350 mile(s) from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
  • 6.00 mile(s) from Valdez Pioneer Field Airport, car rental available

Things to Do in Valdez, Alaska

From fishing charters to fine dining, there’s no shortage of fun and exciting things to do in Valdez and the surrounding area, including:

Charters and Tours

Embark on an Alaskan adventure with the help of an experienced guide or charter trip to take you fishing, heli-skiing, sightseeing and more.

 

Valdez Museum & Historical Archives

Explore the history of Valdez, the Copper River Valley and Prince William Sound, from the prehistoric past to the vibrant present. Learn about native cultures, gold rush pioneers and the earthquake that changed Valdez forever.

 

Old Town Valdez

This historic site features some fascinating remaining structures from old town of Valdez such as dock piers that protrude from the sea at low tide and a memorial plaque listing all the victims of the Good Friday Quake in 1964.

 

Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum

The Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum has one of the world's largest collections of Native Alaskan art and artifacts. Always interesting and informative. For information on current exhibits, call (907) 835-8931.

Hours:
Summer: Daily 9am-7pm
Winter: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm, excluding college holidays.

Outdoor Recreation

Hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing—you name it! Valdez is natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts old and young. For more ideas and info on outdoor recreation in Valdez, visit the Valdez Visitor’s Bureau.

 

Valdez Trails

For the amateur or advanced hiker or biker, Valdez has much to offer. Start with these picturesque routes. And remember to “Always be Bear Aware”:

Shoup Bay Trail

Follows along Port Valdez for approximately 12 miles. Featuring beautiful scenery and it is a must for bird enthusiasts. The trail ends at Shoup Glacier.

The Solomon Gulch Trail

Begins at Dayville Road near the Valdez Hatchery and has an excellent view of the downtown Valdez area from across Port Valdez. This trail leads up to Solomon Gulch Lake.

Mineral Creek Canyon

Located on the north side of downtown Valdez. This gravel road begins near Water Tower Hill and is paralleled by Mineral Creek. A trail as the end of the road leads one mile back to an abandoned gold stamp mill. The Smith Stamp Mill is one of the remaining buildings from 1898-99 Gold Rush. From a historical perspective this is a must see.

Dock Point Trail

Located on a secluded hill near downtown Valdez and the small boat harbor. This one-mile loop travels to the top of the hill and offers excellent overlooking views of Port Valdez. Most of this trail offers easy walking on gravel trails and boardwalks, with parts of the trail wheelchair-accessible. Some portions of the trail are more difficult with a section connecting two timber overlook platforms.

Valdez Bike Path

Begins on Hanagita Street near the Valdez Community Hospital and continues past the Crooked Creek Salmon Spawning Area and the National Forest Service Cabin. Crooked Creek offers a large observation platform to take scenic pictures or watch salmon spawning during the late summer and fall. The trail is paved and provides many opportunities for bird and waterfowl observation

Annual Events

Edward Albee Theatre Conference

This annual event at the Prince William Sound Community College attracts many playwrights, actors and theatre fans to the weeklong summer conference. Each evening during the conference, a play is performed by professional actors. The theatre conference plays host to well-known actresses such as Patricia Neal, as well as renowned playwrights. In the past, playwrights Horton Foote and Arthur Miller have been honored. For this year’s dates, tickets or more information, contact PWSCC at (907) 834-1612.

 

Valdez Points of Interest

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