With the Chugach Mountains forming the north and east borders, and the Kenai Peninsula to the west, Prince William Sound boasts 3,800 miles of coastline and is prized for its abundance of marine and coastal wildlife, its rain forest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock, and 150 glaciers, including 17 tidewater glaciers.
More than 220 species of birds, including seabirds like the black-legged kittiwakes and glacous-winged gulls, 20 species of land mammals and several marine mammals call the land and waters of Prince William Sound home. Exploring this large system of islands and waterways is a true coastal Alaska adventure.
This rugged and beautiful area can be accessed via the towns of Whittier and Valdez by car, and the Alaska Marine Highway (our state ferry system) connects the town of Cordova. Several operators offer small-ship cruising in the area and details can be found on our Alaska Trip Add-Ons section.