Prince William Sound Alaska Hero
Photo Credit: ATIA, Michael DeYoung

Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound encompasses 10,000 square miles of protected waterways, islands, fjords, and around 150 glaciers. The region offers habitat for diverse marine life including humpback whales, orca whales, porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, and seals. The rugged coastline and dense temperate rainforests are home to 30 species of land animals including black bears, brown hears, mountain goats, moose, and Dall sheep. Over 220 species of resident and migratory birds inhabit the area.

The towns of Cordova, Valdez, and Whittier are the gateways to Prince William Sound and are jumping off points for kayaking, camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing trips into the area. From Whittier and Valdez, full and half-day boat tours are available to view the area’s wildlife and cruise out to the face of tidewater glaciers. Several operators in Cordova offer boat charter services for wildlife viewing and fishing. All three communities offer lodging, visitor services, and a variety of tours and activities. Public use cabins, campgrounds, and designated backcountry campsite are available in the Chugach National Forest and State Marine Parks. Whittier and Valdez are both accessible by road, and all three communities are along the route of the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system.

Prince William Sound: Cities & Towns

Prince William Sound: Parks

Southcentral Climate Alaska Hero

Local Climate & Weather

For Alaska's day-to-day weather, it’s best to plan for a bit of everything. Learn more about weather in this area.

Travel Inspiration