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You can easily walk around downtown Cordova, but that's not where the most interesting sights are. To get out on the Copper River Highway, you'll need a car, a bus, or, if you're vigorous, a bike. Cars are for rent from Chinook Auto Rentals (tel. 877/424-5279 or 907/424-5279) at Northern Nights Inn. Taxis are available from Cordova Taxi (tel. 907/424-5151). Water taxi and rental of bikes, kayaks, skiffs, canoes, and fishing and camping gear are available at Cordova Coastal Outfitters, south of the boat harbor near the Alaska Commercial grocery store (tel. 800/357-5145 or 907/424-7424; www.cordovacoastal.com). They also offer drop-off and pickup service on the Copper River Highway, allowing visitors to go for a canoeing or cabin trip without renting a car.

To get to remote cabins and fishing, try Fishing & Flying (tel. 907/424-3324), operated by Gayle Ranney, a warm and authentic Alaskan bush pilot. She has a choice of planes to get where you want to go and relationships with some other great businesses, including a lighthouse that's for rent in one of the most spectacular, rugged, and out-of-the-way spots in Alaska.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.