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Valdez Introduction


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Valdez (pronounced val-DEEZ) is at the southern end of the 800-mi/1,300-km engineering wonder known as the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. The pipeline sends Alaska North Slope crude oil from the Beaufort Sea to Valdez's ice-free, deepwater port for shipment.  Click here to see the full Valdez travel guide on Travel42 »

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Valdez Geography


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Valdez's landscape is dominated by the terminus of the 800-mi/1,288-km Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline on the south side of town. Tankers can be seen arriving and leaving the port. The opposite shore to the pipeline's terminus is the town's waterfront and small boat harbor.  Click here to see the full Valdez travel guide on Travel42 »

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Valdez History


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Prior to 1778, the Chugach Eskimo and Ahtna people lived in Valdez by fishing and trading copper, jade, hides and furs. In 1778, Capt. Cook arrived in the Sound and named it Sandwich (for his patron, the Earl of Sandwich), although it was later renamed after Prince William IV.   Click here to see the full Valdez travel guide on Travel42 »

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Valdez Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Sightseeing in Valdez focuses largely on its stunning natural wonders, though the Valdez and Maxine and Jesse Whitney museums provide a good look into the history and culture of Alaska Native people.  Click here to see the full Valdez travel guide on Travel42 »

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Valdez Nightlife


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The nightlife in Valdez isn't exactly bustling, but there are a few places where you can unwind after a long day.  Click here to see the full Valdez travel guide on Travel42 »

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Valdez Restaurants & Dining


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As you would expect, restaurants in Valdez focus on seafood, typically salmon and halibut. Anywhere you go, you can be sure what's on your plate was probably swimming that morning.  Click here to see the full Valdez travel guide on Travel42 »

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