瓦尔迪兹位于威廉王子湾中心地带，为世界几大最高海岸山脉所环绕，有 4,498 位居民，风景秀美壮丽。
瓦尔迪兹不仅是著名的跨阿拉斯加石油管道的南端终点 ， 也是旅游度假胜地。瓦尔迪兹位于深水峡湾瓦尔迪兹港北岸平地楔形地区上，距离安克雷奇东部305 英里，距离费尔班克斯南部 364 英里的车程。
如同阿拉斯加其他海岸城镇 ， 瓦尔迪兹中心地带是沿海滨区域紧密排列的小船港。从小船港开始，小镇向山脉和矿物溪峡谷反向延伸十二个步行街区，在瓦尔迪兹主道伊根街处转向理查森高速公路，然后向北部汤普森山口延伸。市中心区域林立这诸多餐厅、住宿地、博物馆和威廉王子湾社区大学。从小镇隔湾相望的是跨阿拉斯加石油管道终点，矗立着容量为九百万桶石油的巨型储油罐。
瓦尔迪兹地处威廉王子湾，因此成为户外运动天堂。这里距离哥伦比亚冰川（一个热门的邮轮一日游旅游地）东部不足 25 英里，冰川周围有诸多令人惊叹的山峦秀景，野生海洋生物在这里繁衍生息，数量可观，还可进行多种户外探险活动，无论是捕捉巨型大比目鱼、鲑鱼还是在冰山和海豹之间泛舟，都是妙趣横生。
在市中心数个街区内 ， 涵盖了诸多美景 ， 如沿着矿物溪小路前行至山脉中的矿址 ， 沿着苏泊湾小道绕过瓦尔迪兹港去欣赏冰川的美景。还可在小镇租赁皮艇，下客区服务处还可为游客安排在附近幽静的湾流和峡湾中通宵划船。垂钓者还可在小船港体验包船垂钓之旅，还可以预定邮轮之旅，欣赏米瑞斯冰川和哥伦比亚冰川的壮丽 – 北美洲第二大的入海冰川，正面像足球场地那样雄伟。正是这些陡峭的海岸山脉，勇敢的狂热者夏季可在劳伊河漂流，途径美丽的拱顶石峡，冬季可进行高山滑雪或攀冰运动。
瓦尔迪兹最艰难的时期是 1964 年耶稣受难日地震。地震之后的海啸摧毁了瓦尔迪兹整个历史城镇。该社区后来向西迁移四英里之后在更加稳固的基岩上重建，并在20 世纪 70 年代跨阿拉斯加管道终点建设期间迅速蓬勃繁荣起来。
Blueberry Lakes State Recreation Site
Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site
is 24 miles north of Valdez along the Richardson Highway and features a small rustic campground and several covered picnic shelters in a beautiful alpine setting surrounded by lofty peaks. There's good fishing for rainbow trout in the lakes themselves.
Bridal Veil Falls
When the Richardson Highway passes through Keystone Canyon north of Valdez, two waterfalls are seen leaping over the sheer rock walls: spectacular Bridal Veil Falls and, half a mile further, Horsetail Falls. Vehicle turnouts at both allow visitors to get out and savor magnificent sights.
Valdez has a fleet of charter fishing captains eager to take visitors out for a day on the water in bountiful Prince William Sound. The main catches are silver salmon, halibut, and ling cod but an increasing number of salmon shark have been caught in recent years. Many charter captains can arrange custom overnight trips that combine several days of fishing with wildlife and glacier viewing.
Columbia Glacier is the second-largest tide-water glacier in North America, spilling forth from the Chugach Mountains and ending with a 300-foot high face. Several tour companies offer day cruises to Columbia Bay with most trips including Mears Glacier and the icebergs it calves into Unakwik Inlet. Spotting marine wildlife along the way is usually a bonus of any outings.
Crooked Creek Information Site
The Crooked Creek Information Site
along the Richardson Hwy at entrance to Valdez is staffed by U.S. Forest Service naturalists with information on outdoor activities and fishing. From the nearby viewing platform you can watch chum and pink salmon spawn in July and August.
Earthquake Memorial and Old Valdez
When the most powerful earthquake in American history occurred in Southcentral Alaska in 1964, the land rippled around Valdez, a good portion of the town slid into the harbor and tsunamis destroyed what was left. The city has since been built on higher ground but out along the Richardson Highway visitors can still see overgrown foundations of Old Valdez. The Earthquake Memorial, listing the names of the dead, is in the area.
Gold Rush Days
Gold Rush Days
is a fun, five-day festival in mid-August that includes a parade, bed races, dances, a free fish feed and a portable jailhouse that's pulled throughout town by locals, who arrest people without beards.
Valdez is a kayaker's paradise. Outfitters in town rent boats, provide water taxi drop-offs and lead guided trips that range from a day to a week and include such spectacular sights as Columbia Glacier.
Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum
The impressive Maxine and Jesse Whitney Museum is the center piece of Prince William Sound Community College and is devoted to Alaska Native culture and Alaskan wildlife. Displays include ivory and baleen artwork, moose-antler furniture and natural-history displays. The Alaska wildlife mounts include popular bears.
Lowe River begins at a glacier and north of Valdez flows through impressive Keystone Canyon. Outfitters take advantage of the canyon to offer whitewater raft trips daily during the summer that features Class III rapids, sheer canyon walls and cascading waterfalls. The highlight is Bridal Veil Falls, which drops 900ft from the canyon walls.
This Valdez Museum includes an ornate, steam-powered antique fire engine, a 19th-century saloon bar and the ceremonial first barrel of oil to flow from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Historical photo displays include Valdez being destroyed by the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake and determined miners crossing Valdez Glacier in 1898 on their way to the Klondike Goldfields.
Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site
The main attraction at Worthington Glacier State Recreation Area
is the glacier itself. The recreation area, 29 miles north of Valdez along the Richardson Highway, includes outhouses, picnic tables and a large, covered viewing area while the mile-long Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail is a scenic hike along the edge of the glacier.