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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Valdez.

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How Far From Valdez to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Valdez to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Valdez to:

  • Juneau [Map], which is the State Capital of Alaska, lies 458 miles [737.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Valdez to Juneau, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 26 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 18 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 3,242 miles [5,217.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 7 days, a buggy would take 127 days and walking would take 185 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,012 miles [9,675.4 km] and it lies to the North (N).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,718 miles [10,811.6 km] and it lies to the North (N).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,215 miles [8,392.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Valdez ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Valdez.

While the name Valdez is unique within Alaska, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alaska


Yolo County

Our profile page for Valdez, Yolo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,898 miles [3,054.5 km] to the Southeast


Las Animas County

Our profile page for Valdez, Las Animas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,437 miles [3,922 km] to the East Southeast


Volusia County

Our profile page for Valdez, Volusia County   [Map]
Distance: About 3,663 miles [5,895 km] to the East

New Mexico

Taos County

Our profile page for Valdez, Taos County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,444 miles [3,933.2 km] to the East Southeast

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The official website for Valdez: www.valdezalaska.org/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Valdez. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Valdez) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Valdez. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Valdez

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valdez. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.1340, Longitude: -146.3599     [Map].

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Valdez to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 1.358 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 5.804 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 343.871 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Valdez.