Valdez, Alaska, USA
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Approximately 3 Hours
Enjoy the beauty of the Chugach Mountains, the Valdez Narrows and the icy waters of Prince William Sound from a comfortable, heated 45-foot catamaran. There's a roomy cabin, a restroom, and plenty of deck space for outside viewing.
The skipper explains the area's history, including local events that have shaped Alaska, from the 1898 Gold Rush and the 1964 earthquake to the building of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
You will visit Duck Flats -- a popular area for bird-watching where harlequin ducks, Arctic terns, red-necked grebes and great blue herons make their homes.
Near the fish hatchery, it's not uncommon to see grizzly or black bear feeding on salmon.
View the Marine Terminal, where the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline ends, and visit the Cliff Mines, where gold was discovered in 1910.
In front of Anderson Glacier, you'll see a beautiful waterfall.
Watch for abundant marine mammals in Prince William Sound, including sea otters, seals, bald eagles, sea lions and perhaps even a humpback whale.
Enjoy a hearty snack -- a cup of clam chowder and an artisan roll. Alaska-roasted coffee, tea, distilled water and various herbal teas are also available.
Minimum age is 8 years. Guests who are more than seven months pregnant are not allowed to participate. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.