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Getaway to Valdez, AK

A June 2006 trip to Valdez by daph24ne

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Quote: We recently moved to the Fairbanks, AK, region, and have been excited to explore the area ever since arriving here. One place that came highly recommended to visit was Valdez.

Getaway to Valdez, AK

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One thing we quickly noticed upon arriving in Valdez is that it's really the best of both worlds when it comes to Alaska. It has beautiful, scenic mountains, glaciers, and good fishing. This means that if part of the group wants to sight-see and the other part wants to fish, both groups can find something to do. Valdez is home to five glaciers that can be accessed by cruising, flying, walking, driving, glacier trekking, and even ice repelling. Other activities include rafting, hiking, back country skiing, and of course, fishing!Quick Tips: Before heading to Valdez, check out "The Milepost" Guide. It includes an indispensable amount of information - particularly if you are driving to Vald...Read More

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

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The Copper River Princess Lodge is a first class hotel. We really enjoyed staying there. It's especially luxurious when you compare it to all of the other accommodations that are located within the area. The furnishings are modern and have the "Alaska copper mining" theme to them. We had great service while we were there, and we found the staff to be very helpful and informative. They also have booking agents there to help you find flight-seeing, hiking, fishing, rafting, and other types of tours. The Copper Princess has been running specials for $99/night (which is a super deal for this part of the country), so check their website for details. Our experience has been that the $99/night deals t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Brenwick Craig Road
Valdez, Alaska 99573
(907) 822-4000

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The Halibut House is a great place to go for fish and chips. A regular basket of fried halibut with french fries runs about $9, or you can get a half order for $6. The halibut is local, and it's wonderful! If you're not a fish lover you can find regular fast food standbys, such as burgers and salads. The thing we enjoyed the most about going to the Halibut House is that you can get a real taste of the local culture there. The people who eat there are a mix of locals and tourists, and you definitely don't need to dress up to feel right at home there. The only "chain restaurant" you'll find in Valdez is Subway. The Halibut House provides a budget-priced, much tastier alternative.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

MacMurray's Alaska Halibut House

Valdez, AK
(907) 835-2788

Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises

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Columbia Glacier Photo, Valdez, Alaska
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The Stan Stephens company runs a first class tour. Although it seems a little pricey (it runs around $130/person to go on the Columbia/Meares Glacier Tour that we went on), we felt like we got our money's worth and more. The boat itself is a large catamaran—we went on the Spirit of Valdez, which was just built in 2004, so it's a brand new boat. The captain is multi-talented—he manages to give a narrated tour while steering around ice chunks and pointing out wildlife—we were truly amazed by that. You begin in the small boat harbor in downtown Valdez, and then you're taken out to the Prince William Sound. On this tour, you see 2 glaciers—the Columbia and the Meares, and it runs about 9.5...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Dock Point Trail

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The Dock Point Trail is a pretty short hike, but it's quite pretty. It's a great time killer if you're looking for a little something to do in between larger activities, such as a glacier or wildlife cruise or an after dinner walk. Close up views of grass and wildflower meadow from the boardwalks, along with spruce trees and ground dogwood. An eagle's nest located on one of the nearby islands can be seen from the north side of the trail. To find it, the parking area is located off Kobuk Drive across from the boat launch ramp. After going past the gate, the hillside trail takes off to the right up a steep hill. The track then drops down to a small meadow from which two boardwalks lead to the East and W...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Mineral Creek Trail

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To find this trail, you have to drive to the upper end of Mineral Creek Drive. As mentioned above, once you get to the end of this road, you'll find a really narrow bridge. We weren't able to get our 4-wheel-drive pickup truck over the bridge. It's more of an ATV-sized bridge. At any rate, you have to cross this bridge and drive about 5.5 miles before you come to the trail. Since we didn't have an ATV, we weren't able to do this. But, supposedly once you do get to the trail, you can expect to see mountains rising to over 5,000 feet and beautiful waterfalls on each side. In addition, about halfway up the road, the road forks. If you take the right hand fork, it leads to the water where a small tra...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2006

Mineral Creek Trail
Mineral Creek Drive
Valdez, Alaska

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These two waterfalls are located alongside the Richardson Highway just outside of Valdez. They are truly worth taking the time to stop off and see. While I'm not sure how high the waterfalls are, they are impressive, and you will be glad you stopped. It provides some great photographic opportunities.

Near Bridal Veil Falls is a trailhead for the Valdez Goat Trail. This is a restored section of the Trans-Alaska Military Packtrain Trail through Keystone Canyon that led to the first glacier-free land route to the Interior.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2006