Only 60 miles from Anchorage, Whittier beckons with all the beauty of Prince William Sound – a place where you learn the real meaning of the word “fjord”. The Sound is made up of many deep fjords with tidewater glaciers that calve before your eyes, and islands around every turn.
Whittier is also surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States and a vast wilderness.
Visit Whittier and see wildlife, beach comb and pick berries while walking along the harbor or hiking the Portage Pass, Salmon Run or Horse Tail Falls trails.
Whittier businesses are the starting point for your Prince William Sound adventure offering a variety of water-related recreation including day cruises, fishing charters, kayak tours and scuba diving. Winter activities include snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Fishing is a popular sport for all ages. The annual silver salmon run in late August or September is a favorite with anglers. The Greater Whittier Chamber of Commerce is also hosting salmon and halibut derbies this summer.
Birds are also in abundance. Watch eagles soar or see thousands of seabirds gather in their nesting grounds at the kittiwake rookery just across Passage Canal from Whittier.
To reach Whittier, you’ll drive through North America’s longest vehicle tunnel – the 2.5-mile Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. The World War II-era train tunnel was converted into a unique railroad and vehicle tunnel in 2000. Visit the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel website for a schedule and additional information.
Whittier has a mild maritime climate, but be prepared for cool wet weather. Rain jackets are essential and casual comfortable clothing is the rule.