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Tourists mostly take flights to Cordova to enjoy vacation in a scenic small town in Alaska, situated at the mouth of the Cooper River, which can be accessed only by air or sea. Cordova is an excellent place for all those looking for a magnificent landscape boasting of lakes, rivers, forests, wetlands and mountains. If you love adventure and outdoors then this spectacular destination has plenty to offer with its sport fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, skiing and flight seeing opportunities. It’s also a wonderful destination for all those great seafood, intriguing history and dramatic natural setting.

Fancy an Alaskan getaway? Then get cheap tickets to Cordova now at great discounts with a leading online travel agent like FlyOfinder. A truly relaxing and exciting vacation is just waiting for you whenever visiting this quaint coastal town in Alaska!

Flying to Cordova


Merle K (Mudhole) Smith Airport

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High Season

May to July

Low Season

August to September

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Best Time to Fly

June to September

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Time Zone

Alaska Daylight Time (GMT -8)

Best Things to See and Do in Cordova

Cordova is small, but has some big attractions to offer. Plan a visit to the Cordova History Museum showcasing the exhibits related to the early explorers to this area, and the Copper River North Western Railway and Kennicott Mine era. The one-hour-long tour will also acquaint you with the history of the Native culture, especially about the Eyak people.

Take a boat tour of the Miles Glacier Bridge, also called Million Dollar Bridge, for excellent views of the Miles Glacier. The bridge isn’t connected by a road, as it was washed away several years ago, and can be accessed only by a boat. A visit to the Ilanka Cultural Center & Museum will provide glimpse into the rich history of Native Alaskans and how its ecosystem and landscape played a crucial role in shaping their lifestyle. The museum here is home to a good collection of prehistoric, historic and modern tribal exhibits pertaining to Cooper River Delta and the Prince William Sound. Among other glaciers worth seeing in Cordova include Saddlebag Glacier, Scott Glacier, Child’s Glacier and Sheridan Glacier.  

Explore the remote Kayak Island State Marine Park to see the landing site of the first European, Georg Steller, on the Alaskan soil in July 1741. The park is located on a 22-mile-long island and is a great place to enjoy wildlife watching, hiking and camping. Located 60 miles from Cordova, the park boasts of a rich history and beautiful landscape.

Mount Eyak Ski Area is one of the best places in Cordova for all those interested in skiing. With around 30 different trail options, it’s also a great place for beginners with an easy downhill trail. Taking the historic 1939 American single chair is the best and easiest way to reach the ski area. For winter skiing make Cordova flights reservations for travel between December and April. You can also search for best airfare for travel during summer months too for enjoying biking and hiking in Mount Eyak.

If you enjoy water sports then Cordova is surely the place to visit. Enjoy fishing adventures offered by charter boat operators throughout the summer. Kayakers will love to spend a day paddling at the Pristine Orca Inlet north of Cordova. Take river rafting in the Cooper River, especially along the 20-mile stretch between Million Dollar Bridge and Flag Point, at Mile 27 of the Copper River Highway.

When you fly to Cordova Alaska for your vacation, don’t ever miss out attending the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival on the first weekend of May attracting millions of birders from around the world over to see the migration of more than 5 million shorebirds passing through the Copper River Delta on their way to Arctic breeding grounds. It is also the largest bird migration in the United States. The Copper River Salmon Jam held in mid-July is also great to attend. It celebrates the local salmon runs of the Cooper River with several activities such as road races, music, art fairs and food. The annual Iceworm Festival is also a major attraction. The week-long festival has been honouring iceworms every February since 1961.

Best Time to Visit Cordova

Cordova is a year-round destination and can be visited anytime of the year. The best time however to visit is between June and July when the weather is the warmest and driest. The spring season in May attracts the tourists most primarily for bird-watching and seeing the epic migration of as many as 20 million shorebirds during the Cooper River Delta Shorebird Festival. If you plan to stay here in summer till July then you will also be able to attend the Cooper River Wild Salmon Festival. Tourists visiting in winter can take part in the annual Iceworm Festival. Fall is equally great for all those planning to attend the Fungus Festival. You may however choose to book roundtrip flights to Cordova for visiting during the most popular time from June to September in the summer and early fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Merle K (Mudhole) Smith Airport (CDV) is the only airport to fly into Cordova. It is located at a distance of 22 miles or 35 km from downtown Cordova.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is the only international airport situated near Cordova in Alaska’s largest city Anchorage. It is 171 miles from Cordova.

Alaska Airlines is currently the only airline offering flights to Cordova, and the most popular route is Anchorage.

You can get one way flights deals to Cordova from several U.S. destinations. These include Anchorage (ANC), Honolulu (HNL), Seattle (SEA), Yakutat (YAK), Houston (IAH), Juneau (JNU), Minneapolis (MSP) and San Jose (SJC).

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