Traveler's Guide to Whittier, Alaska


Whittier is located in the middle of South Central Alaska. It's isolated and central all at the same time. It's less than 100 miles from Anchorage, Seward, the Kenai Peninsula, and Valdez. Yet, it's tucked back into the Chugach mountains and on a fjord in Prince William Sound. It's a perfect jumping off point into the Alaskan maritime wilderness.

Military Historians know Whittier was founded by the US Army as port and railway terminal. The protected, ice-free port makes it attractive as a port. The large buildings that dominate the town - Begich Towers houses most of the residents - were contructed for military use.

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Driving in: About hundread miles from Anchorage through the Alaska Railroad tunnel.

Alaska Railroad: Service from the Seward Highway to Whittier.

Alaska State Ferry: The AMHS (Alaska Marine Highway System) docks in the downtown of Whittier.

Getting to Whittier...

Whittier Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle over spruce in Prince William Sound by Cecil Sanders, on Flickr


There are a number of Bed and Breakfasts in Whittier, as well as a few hotels and fishing lodges. Additionally, there are State Park campgrounds and Forest service cabins near Whittier in Prince William Sound which are some of Alaska's hidden gems.

Staying in Whittier...


No fancy places here, but you won't go hungry. You like salmon don't you?

Eating in Whittier...

Fishing Charters, Outfitters, and Glacier Tours

Fishing from Whittier is excellent, but you can also catch a glacier or whale watching tour or the State Ferry to Cordova or Valdez. Additionally, there are excellent hunting guides to the entire Prince William Sound here

'Fish on' in Whittier...

The happy couple

The happy couple enjoying champange and a glacier cruise in Prince William Sound by WordRidden, on Flickr

Festivals, Events and General Info for Whittier, Alaska

The best way to see a place, anyone will tell you, is during a celebration. The townspeople are out and in the mood for fun. The air is light and happy, which make it easy for visitors to join in on the fun.

Something to see in Whittier...



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