Valdez, Alaska (population approx. 4,000) is located in the northeast section of Prince William Sound and at the beginning of the Richardson Highway. Situated on the road system, with an active harbor and airport, Valdez is accessible by land, air, or water. Fairbanks is located 365 miles to the north and Anchorage is 306 miles to the west.
The town and the surrounding area boasts spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife. It's location also makes it ideal for varied outdoor recreational activities. Community events are held throughout the year and vary based on the season. The largest employers in the city include Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, Providence Medical Center, the City of Valdez/Valdez City Schools, the Coast Guard, Silver Bay and Peter Pan Fisheries, and Valdez Fisheries Development Association. Higher educational opportunities are available from Prince William Sound College, which offers several associate-level degrees, certificates, and continuing education opportunities.
Valdez has a long history closely tied to the development of the State of Alaska. From the Gold Rush to the 1964 Earthquake and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, many events have shaped the town into the community it is today. Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau has an excellent "Short History of Valdez" located on their website for viewing.