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Prince William Sound
Vacation Travel Guide

Explore this protected island-dotted sound, where the waters and coastline host an incredible range of wildlife including whales, bears and otters. 

The pristine Prince William Sound is a spectacular wilderness area that encompasses fjords, glaciers and numerous islands. Cruise out into the remote waters to marvel at the striking scenery and try a range of adventure activities, from fishing and wildlife watching to backcountry skiing.

The sound was christened by 18th-century British explorer Captain George Vancouver, who named it after King George III’s third son. The area is beautiful now, but suffered through several disasters, most notably the 1964 earthquake and a 1989 oil spill, which wreaked havoc on the sound’s delicate ecosystem.

Use one of three surrounding towns as a base for exploring. Stay in Valdez and join adventure expeditions with local operators. Go stand-up paddleboarding near blue-tinged icebergs in summer or ski around the Chugach Mountains in winter.

View several glaciers near Valdez by helicopter, boat or hiking. Listen for the impressive rumble of chunks of ice breaking off. Among the most notable are Meares Glacier, one of only a few advancing tidewater glaciers on the continent, and Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound.

The former fishing town of Cordova is another popular base. Go rafting or fishing on the Eyak River and follow the Eyak River Trail along the water’s edge. Glacier viewing and bird watching are big draws, while the early 20th-century Miles Glacier Bridge, known as the Million Dollar Bridge because of how much it cost to build, also draws sightseers.

The third major town is the mountain-surrounded port of Whittier, built to serve as a base for the military during World War II. Try hiking, kayaking or scuba diving on the sound or join boat cruises from the harbor.

Visit Prince William Sound in summer for the mildest weather, the most sunshine and the best whale watching. For fans of heli-skiing, winter is best. To get here, fly from Anchorage to Cordova or Valdez or ride the train from Anchorage to Whittier. Ferries run between the three main towns.

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The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK
The price is $95 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park, and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Lynn Ary Park and Pop ...

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Puffin Inn of Anchorage
Puffin Inn of Anchorage
2 out of 5
4400 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK
The price is $62 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Situated in Anchorage, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Hood Harbor, DeLong Lake Park, and Pop Carr Park. Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum and Arctic ...

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Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
7440 Alatna Avenue, Anchorage, AK
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Located in Turnagain, this golf bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sullivan Arena, University of Alaska - Anchorage, and Port of Anchorage. Kincaid Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)

"Easy-in and Easy- out. Our space was so comfy and ensuite great. Rita was a fascinating and kind soul. She cooked a great homemade breakfast of sausages and French Toast with a fresh fruit bowl. This place was so clean and full of interesting things.Would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2019

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The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK
The price is $95 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12
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Puffin Inn of Anchorage
Puffin Inn of Anchorage
2 out of 5
4400 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK
The price is $62 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18
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Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
7440 Alatna Avenue, Anchorage, AK
Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
2.5 out of 5
2919 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK
The price is $96 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport
3 out of 5
4901 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK
The price is $79 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
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Coast Inn at Lake Hood
Coast Inn at Lake Hood
3 out of 5
3450 Aviation Drive, Anchorage, AK
The price is $66 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21
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Hot tub, coastal trails, float planes, private backyard, memory foam beds, quiet
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Windrose Guesthouse
2808 Jones Ave, Anchorage, AK
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Lakeshore Inn & Suites
Lakeshore Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
3009 Lake Shore Drive, Anchorage, AK
The price is $76 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Lakeshore Inn & Suites
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