Prince William Sound

Kenai Peninsula which includes a bay or harbor and mountains
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Prince William Sound

Puffin Inn of Anchorage
Puffin Inn of Anchorage
2 out of 5
4400 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK, 99517
The price is $88 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Anchorage. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,034 reviews)
"Just dated"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

The Lakefront Anchorage
The Lakefront Anchorage
3.5 out of 5
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK, 99517
The price is $118 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Anchorage. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,155 reviews)
Great overall
"Very convenient and a great airport shuttle service."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
7440 Alatna Avenue, Anchorage, AK, 99503-6119
Stay at this 3-star golf B&B in Anchorage. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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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Puffin Inn of Anchorage
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4400 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK, 99517
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3.5 out of 5
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Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Alaskan Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
7440 Alatna Avenue, Anchorage, AK, 99503-6119
Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Anchorage Airport
3 out of 5
4901 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK, 99517
Lakeshore Inn & Suites
Lakeshore Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
3009 Lake Shore Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99517
Holiday Inn Express Anchorage, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Anchorage, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
4411 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK, 99517
Coast Inn at Lake Hood
Coast Inn at Lake Hood
3 out of 5
3450 Aviation Drive, Anchorage, AK, 99502
Spacious 1700 sqft 2 bdrm near airport and downtown-Sleeps 8, pet friendly
Spacious 1700 sqft 2 bdrm near airport and downtown-Sleeps 8, pet friendly
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Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
2.5 out of 5
2919 W International Airport Rd, Anchorage, AK, 99502
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