Most of the things you can do in Valdez involve being outside - glacier cruises and wildlife viewing, offshore fishing for salmon and halibut, kayaking along the shore line, fishing in the local streams, and hiking in the surrounding mountains. We spent a relaxing 5 days soaking up the fresh air and enjoying the local scenery. We also learned about the 9.2 earthquake that destroyed the original town site and the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989.
We left Valdez on Saturday, July 4th hoping to miss some of the traffic around Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. We had a nice drive along the Glenn highway and stopped for the night at the Matanuska glacier viewpoint. A great view and we had the place to ourselves.