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Cordova Introduction


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Cordova, Alaska, is a quiet town tucked away in a corner of Prince William Sound about 50 mi/80 km southeast of Valdez and 176 mi/281 km by air southeast of Anchorage. It's also the doorstep to the 2-million-acre/810,000-hectare Copper River Delta, where millions of shorebirds—the largest such gathering in the Western Hemisphere—go to nest each spring. Ringed by glaciers and the snowcapped Chugach Mountain Range, the delta's landscape is spectacular.   Click here to see the full Cordova travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cordova Geography


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Accessible by airplane, boat or ferry, Cordova was built on the eastern shore of Orca Inlet, at the base of Eyak Mountain, and was originally named Puerto Cordova by Spanish explorer Don Salvador Fidalgo in 1790.  Click here to see the full Cordova travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cordova History


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Fishing has always been Cordova's lifeblood. For centuries, the Alutiiq people camped there to take advantage of the huge salmon runs, plentiful shellfish and waterfowl. They were joined by migrating Athabaskans and Tlingits who called themselves Eyaks. White settlers were also impressed by the fishing: They built the area's first cannery in 1887 and made Cordova the terminus and shipping port of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, completed in 1911, running from the Kennecott copper mines near Kennicott and McCarthy.   Click here to see the full Cordova travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cordova Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Cordova is very walkable community, but you need a vehicle to see many of the sights. Walking through downtown is similar to a trip through a movie set—there are no chain stores, only locally owned businesses.  Click here to see the full Cordova travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cordova Nightlife


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If nightlife is essential to your travel plans, you might want to skip Cordova. Once home to 26 saloons in its copper- and coal-mining heyday, it now has only a few places that stay open till the wee hours, and the secondhand smoke may stretch the patience of even the most tolerant barfly.  Click here to see the full Cordova travel guide on Travel42 »

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Cordova Restaurants & Dining


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Not surprisingly, seafood is ubiquitous in Cordova, but that doesn't mean the small town lacks variety in its dining choices. Asian and Mexican cuisine is also available.  Click here to see the full Cordova travel guide on Travel42 »

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