Located in the Valdez area near the mouth of the Copper River, Cordova Alaska is a beautiful destination for both tourists and locals alike. Situated in the Orca Inlet at Prince William Sound, it is surrounded by panoramic views on every side. Visitors to Cordova will find that there is something for everyone, from shopping and fine dining, to fishing, backcountry adventures and glacier tours.
Historically, Cordova was home to the Aleut Indians. In 1902, one of the first oil fields was discovered at Katella, roughly 50 miles from Cordova. Cordova eventually became the railroad terminus and shipping port for copper ore from the Kennicott Mine. Cordova also once had a thriving razor clam industry, the beds of which were destroyed beyond repair in Alaska's 1964 earthquake. Today Cordova's prime industry is fishing and canneries, with some tourism.
Cordova can be reached via plane, ferry or cruise ship. Visitors can explore some of the 5 major glaciers, either by guided or unguided tours, go fishing on a day trip or go on a fly-in adventure to one of the more remote lodges. Other activities include exploring the marine wildlife in the area via sea kayaking, or just take a hike around the Cordova area. Those desiring more urban entertainment can visit the Cordova Historical Museum for insight into the city's past, or enjoy one of the many restaurants or shops.
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