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Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound, an irregular inlet in the
Gulf of Alaska, has the densest concentration
of tidewater glaciers in the world. The 10,000 square miles of protected waterways provide calm waters, ideal for sightseeing cruises and boating. Mountains rise up to 9,000 feet from the water’s edge along some of it’s 3,800 miles of coastline. Of its 150 glaciers, 17 are tidewater glaciers which calve ice into sea.
An abundance of marine and coastal life inhabits the area. Bald eagles, marbled murrelets and black-legged kittiwakes are some of the 200,000 birds living in Prince William Sound during the summer. Black and brown bear, moose and mountain goats populate the land. Marine mammals including whales, stellar sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters live in the icy waters.
By road, you can reach Prince William Sound via
a tunnel roadway to Whittier, a one-hour drive from Anchorage, or via the Richardson Highway to Valdez, Prince William Sound’s largest port.
Prince William Sound was originally named Sandwich Sound, after the Earl of Sandwich, by Captain James Cook in 1778. It was later renamed by British navigator George Vancouver to Prince William Sound after the third son of King George, Prince William, who became King William IV.
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Kenai
Homer
Seldovia
Cordova to Whittier......................... 63⁄4 hours
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Whittier
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WHALES & GLACIERS
This trip begins and ends in Anchorage and encompasses Valdez, Cordova and Whittier, involving a ferry to Cordova and onto Whittier.
The route includes a ferry, so be sure to check the ferry schedule (www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs) when planning.
From Anchorage, head south
on Seward Highway which runs
along Cook Inlet. At the end of the
Turnagain Arm, take the Portage
Glacier Highway toward Whittier.
A portion of this highway is a
single-lane tunnel which opens to Whittier
on the half-hour for fifteen minutes and from
Glennallen
Valdez
than 28 feet long not pulling trailers to use the tunnel. For more information visit dot. alaska.gov. The trip to Valdez takes about 2 hours 45 minutes via the high-speed ferry. Heading north from Valdez, the Richardson
Whittier on the hour for fifteen minutes, so
account for this when looking at the ferry
Highway is surrounded by sheer canyon walls containing waterfalls and interesting rock formations. There is a six- to eight-hour drive on the Richardson and Glenn Highways back to Anchorage for a full loop.
schedule. There is a toll of $13 for RVs less
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To Make Reservations:
Alaska Marine Highway
Mt Fairweather 15,300 ft
Haines
Hoonah
Sitka
JUNEAU
Dease Lake
Iskut Tatogga Lake
Petersburg
6858 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, Alaska, 99801 Phone (907) 465-3941 • Fax: (907) 465-8824 Skagway (907) 983-2941
Toll Free 1-800-642-0066 (Juneau call center) Browse online updates to the schedule, web specials and news at www.ferryalaska.com. Online reservation requests available.
Stewart
Passengers on a glacier cruise enjoy views of Barry Glacier.
Palmer
Anchorage Whittier
Cordova
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Burwash Landing
Destruction Bay
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Logan 5959 m (19,551 ft)
Skagway
Kake
Wrangell
Haines
Prince William Sound
Carmacks Ross River
Valdez to Cordova ............................ 5 hours
Braeburn
Whittier to Vald2ez ............................ 53⁄4 hours
Kodiak to Port Lions ........................ 21⁄2 hours
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Homer to Seldovia............................ 11⁄2 hours
Running times are approximate and listed for your convenience. Please contact the
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local Alaska Marine Highway office on day of departure for more accurate times.
Tagish
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KODIAK ISLAND
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