Cordova- Alaska’s Hidden Treasure

Cordova is a real working town nestled in the heart of a spectacular wilderness, shaped by its dramatic natural setting, rich cultural heritage and colorful residents. Nestled between Orca Inlet and Lake Eyak on the east coast of Prince William Sound, Cordova is a unique part of Alaska that is well worth exploring.

Though inaccessible by paved road, Cordova can be reached by daily plane service from Seattle or Anchorage (www.alaskaair.com or www.flyera.com) and via the Alaska Marine Highway (www.ferryalaska.com), which connects Cordova with Valdez and Whittier (both road accessible).

Starting in April 2007 Cordova will be serviced by the Alaska Marine Highway’s Chenega fast ferry from Whittier. The Chenega will cut the amount of travel time from Whittier to Cordova from six to three hours, making Cordova the perfect weekend getaway.

The area around Cordova is an outdoor paradise, and the town is a jumping-off point to 14 United States Forest Service (USFS) cabins, great alpine hiking and the Copper River Delta, a staging and nesting area for millions of birds each year and the home of the world-famous Copper River Wild Salmon. Things worth seeing in-and-around Cordova include the Cordova Museum, the Ilanka Cultural Center with displays of native artifacts, a full-sized totem pole and one of only five known fully articulated Orca (killer whale) skeletons in the world; the Mt. Eyak Ski Area, which provides the best view of the area and the vintage chair lift, first used in Sun Valley, provides a stunning panorama of Cordova, Prince William Sound and a portion of the Copper River Delta.

May is the prime month for birders, a period when as many as 20 million shorebirds rest and feed in the tidal flats, including 7 million western sandpipers and the entire population of west coast dunlins. The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival (May 3-6, 2007) provides the ideal opportunity for bird watchers to be part of this epic migration. Many activities, workshops and community events are offered throughout the festival.

Other activities include flightseeing, bear viewing, river rafting, kayaking or canoeing, fishing charters for halibut and salmon, world-class extreme heli-skiing, and just plain kicking back and relaxing.

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