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Road Trip to Prince William Sound

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A Humpback whale breaches in Prince William Sound.

This trip begins and ends in Anchorage and encompasses Valdez, Cordova and Whittier, involving a ferry to Cordova and onto Whittier. 

The route includes a ferry, so be sure to check the ferry schedule (www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs) when planning.

From Anchorage, head south on Seward Highway which runs along Cook Inlet. At the end of the Turnagain Arm, take the Portage Glacier Highway toward Whittier. A portion of this highway is a single-lane tunnel which opens to Whittier on the half-hour for fifteen minutes and from Whittier on the hour for fifteen minutes, so account for this when looking at the ferry schedule. There is a toll of $12 for RVs less than 28 feet long not pulling trailers to use the tunnel. For more information visit dot.alaska.gov. The trip to Valdez takes about 2 hours 45 minutes via the high-speed ferry. Heading north from Valdez, the Richardson Highway is surrounded by sheer canyon walls containing waterfalls and interesting rock formations. There is a six- to eight-hour drive on the Richardson and Glenn Highways back to Anchorage for a full loop.

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