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  • 2012

Stop in Valdez, Alaska, when you cruise on Silverseas

Stop in Valdez, Alaska, when you cruise on Silverseas

Valdez, Alaska, is a bustling city of approximately 3,900 residents. Its gorgeous, rugged scenery and high annual snowfall have earned Valdez the nickname “The Switzerland of Alaska,” but that doesn’t mean that the climate is too cold to enjoy yourself.

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In fact, the temperature here is quite mild compared to other parts of the state, which makes it a perfect city to visit year round, especially aboard a cruise ship like the luxurious Silversea Cruises’ Silver Shadow where every room features a marble bath.

Even if you are in Valdez for only a short period of time, there are still plenty of things to do and sites to see. Popular attractions include:

Stop in Valdez, Alaska, when you cruise on Silversea's

Alaska Pipeline

 

1) Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal
Although you may not be able to take a walking tour of the facility because of incredibly strict regulations, you can still see the massive storage tanks holding 9 million barrels of oil each from Dayville Road.

If you want to get more than some pretty cool views of the terminal, then it’s definitely worth perusing the pipeline exhibit at Prince William Sound Community College.

2) Earthquake Memorial
Many people would say that Valdez has been very lucky when it comes to steering clear of natural disasters. However, this certainly was not the case on March 27, 1964. On that day, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the most destructive and powerful ever recorded in America, struck the city.

Although much of Valdez was rebuilt, there are still remnants of the destroyed town that’s visible if you pass through Richardson Highway. You can also see the names of the 37 victims who died at the memorial. For this glimpse into history, take a trip off the highway and onto the gravel road near Mark’s Repair.

3) Columbia Glacier
Known as the state’s biggest tidewater glacier, seeing this incredible site is definitely worth your time. Those who are looking for a way to get some exercise can take a kayak tour of Columbia. If you do, make sure you’re on the lookout for wildlife ranging from bald eagles to otters.

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