Sightseeing in Valdez, Alaska

Have you ever been sightseeing in Valdez, Alaska? We loved it!

Velvet green mountains and loads of waterfalls are all around Valdez. There’s also no shortage of wildlife viewing here. Come along as we take in the sights in Valdez.

Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery

If you’re sightseeing in Valdez, the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery is a little ways from town, but it is worth the drive. If you’re driving your RV, there’s RV parking.

solomon gulch fish hatchery in valdez alaska.

First, you can learn about the hatchery. There’s a walking tour with signs to follow. And, at least when we visited towards the end of July, you’ll see loads of spawning salmon!

solomon gulch fish hatchery in valdez alaska.

With the salmon come other sea critters. We watched as a group of sea lions enjoyed the never-ending fish buffet. Gulls and bald eagles were on hand to scoop up any scraps.

sea lions at solomon gulch fish hatchery in valdez alaska.

sea lions at solomon gulch fish hatchery in valdez alaska.

sea lions at solomon gulch fish hatchery in valdez alaska.

Many people get to see bears here getting in on the easy fishing. One showed up about an hour after we left, so we didn’t get to see one there. Odds are you will though. The mountain views are lovely from there as well.

evening view from solomon gulch fish hatchery in valdez alaska.

Sightseeing in Valdez

welcome to valdez, alaska sign.

Valdez is a small town full of bunnies.

bunnies in valdez, alaska.

It’s easy to walk or ride bikes around town. There’s not much to the city, but there’s an effort to make it look nice. You’ll see lovely murals and other intriguing things as you tour town.

sightseeing in valdez, alaska.

mural in valdez, alaska.

hoosgaw in valdez, alaska.

decorative touches and mountain views in valdez, alaska.

Stop at the waterfront to look for sea otters eating crabs.

another valdez alaska sign.

Eagle’s Rest Campground

Eagle’s Rest Campground was a convenient campground but a little loud. Our site, 603, was right next to a 24-hour car wash and a Safeway open 4 am – midnight. Look at the map when choosing your site and avoid those areas. There was also a guy with a guitar singing outside well past quiet hours.

campsite 603 at eagle's rest campground valdez, alaska.

You could walk and bike to everything in town from here though. And the scenery was beautiful.

campsite 603 at eagle's rest campground valdez, alaska.

campsite 603 at eagle's rest campground valdez, alaska.

That said, if we went back, we would probably pay the extra money and stay at Bear Paw II, and adult-only campground.

Lu-Lu Belle Glacier Wildlife Cruises

A must do when sightseeing in Valdez is a glacier and wildlife cruise. If you’re not on a tight schedule, we recommend Lu-Lu Belle Glacier and Wildlife Cruises.

lulu belle glacier and wildlife cruise.

Captain Fred narrates a fantastic tour of Prince William Sound, and there isn’t a set end time for the cruise. He goes until we’re done looking at things. Our trip ended up being about 9 hours.

sea otters in prince william sound.

fishing boat in prince william sound.

You will see a ton of wildlife and get up close to the Columbia Glacier.

We saw sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bald eagles, a humpback whale, and probably something I’m forgetting. You’ll see more in the video than in these photos.

sea lions in prince william sound.

sea lions in prince william sound.

Sea otters on an iceberg raft were something Captain Fred said was unusual!

sea otters using an iceberg as a raft in prince william sound.

Plus, Captain Fred will pull the Lu-Lu Belle right up into multiple caves to look for puffins. It was crazy how close he got!

cave in prince william sound.

pulling the lulu belle into a cave.

pulling the lulu belle into a cave.

Bring all of your winter layers – it’s frigid up by the glacier! But sitting still there and watching the glacier calve is impressive! Plus, Captain Fred navigates you through an iceberg field to get up close to Columbia Glacier.

laura and kevin on lulu belle glacier and wildlife cruise.

iceberg in prince william sound.

iceberg in prince william sound.

columbia glacier in prince william sound.

columbia glacier in prince william sound.

columbia glacier in prince william sound.

I’m sure we missed some things while sightseeing in Valdez, but these activities were worth the drive. What would you like to see most on a trip to Valdez? We hope you get to experience it someday!

Next post: Hiking Worthington Glacier

Check out all the videos in our Alaska 2018 adventure here.

 

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