Valdez and the Open Road of Alaska

Valdez and the Open Road of Alaska

Valdez and the Open Road of Alaska

 

Highway One

If you are fortunate enough to have good weather while in Alaska, the drive from Anchorage to Valdez is quite enjoyable. At least if you are OK with a 10-hour trip. 

Taking Highway One out of Anchorage will lead you through the mountains deeper into the Alaskan wilderness. You’ll pass through a large amount of smaller towns initially, but at about halfway between the start of your trip and the beginning of Highway Four, you’ll be able to see some incredible views of glaciers digging their way through the mountains.

Glacier View, Alaska

Glacier View, Alaska

Highway Four

Continuing onto Highway Four, you’ll be able to see a fantastic view of Mt. Drum on a clear day. 

Mt. Drum, Alaska

Mt. Drum, Alaska

Valdez

The most beautiful part of the adventure occurs when coming into Valdez. At this point, you’ll have the opportunity to see a number of glacier parks including the Worthington Glacier, which is the most popular formation to visit. You will be able to see this glacier directly from the road.

Worthington Glacier, Alaska

Worthington Glacier, Alaska

 

Make sure you are taking in the views entirely while you are driving. Some of the best shots I was able to take were of incredible unnamed pieces of nature!

Valdez, Alaska

Valdez, Alaska

When you get into Valdez, the area's most popular activities for visitors are the kayaking tour to the Columbia Glacier and visiting the Salmon hatchery on the other side of town. You can also go with the Fisherman’s wharf to see the fisherman bringing in the day's catch.

Fisherman near the salmon hatchery, Valdez, Alaska

Fisherman near the salmon hatchery, Valdez, Alaska

To get to the hatchery, you actually have to go outside of the town and across the bay. There is a great opportunity to see bears here, but they do not always come out.

Travel Tips:

  • Bring warm clothes
  • There is a lot of nature to see in the surrounding areas of Valdez and I would spend at least a couple of days here

Photography Tips

  • Shooting in the town isn't as great as outside of it, there are too many wires that will cloud your photos. Spend golden hour outside of the town
  • Bring an extra body if you are shooting professionally. Learned my lesson on this trip as I dropped my camera and jammed my lens onto my 6D and couldn’t get it off for the entire trip

Gear

  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 24-70mm ƒ2.8 L II
  • Canon 70-200mm ƒ2.8 IS II
  • Canon 24mm ƒ1.8 I

Nonprofit highlight

Ceres is non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. They mobilize a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.

The Valdez oil spill inspired a much-needed re-evaluation of what role companies played in the global environment. The product of this inspiration was the creation of Ceres and a 10-point code of environmental conduct. These ideas since 1989 have inspired a "sweeping corporate sustainability movement that has thousands of companies reporting annually on their environmental strategies, setting goals to reduce pollution and sourcing more renewable energy."

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