How to Get to Valdez

Traveling to Valdez, Alaska

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Drive, Fly and Float

Valdez is one of the few Alaskan small towns accessible by land, air and water.

Valdez marks the southern end of the Richardson Highway which spans 368 miles connecting Valdez to Fairbanks. The Richardson Highway was the first major road built in Alaska. This highway also connects segments of the Glenn Highway. The Glenn Highway extends 179 miles from Anchorage to Glennallen where it meets up with the Richardson. Traveling by land you are directly connected to the largest citiesin Alaska for convenience with the grand beauty in-between.

A short 45 min flight from Anchorage, getting to Valdez by air will provide a true Alaskan air travel experience. Flying over the Chugach Mountains and looking out into Prince William Sound, taking in the beauty of magnificent glacier ice fields and towering peaks. The largest aircraft to land in Valdez is a DeHavilland DHC-8-100 with a max passenger capacity of 29-37 passengers dependent on configuration. Regular commuter aircraft service is provided daily and private charters are available.

The Alaska Marine Highway System ports in Valdez. This ferry service is operated by the State of Alaska and can transport people, freight and vehicles. Valdez is also a summer cruise ship port with everything from shop, restaurants, playgrounds and spectacular scenery within walking distance of the dock.

Traveling to Valdez, Alaska

Most people making their way to Valdez will be driving. Learn about driving to Valdez.
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Flights are a common way to get to Valdez as to avoid the 5-6 hour drive.
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Cruises are renturning to Valdez and more are visiting each year.
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The ferry system maybe up in the air but it's historically an option.
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