Whittier is a small town of about 400 residents located on the western edge of Prince William Sound in south central Alaska. Whittier was established during world war two as a military supply port. Today Whittier’s economy is comprised mainly of shipping and port related jobs, fishing and tourism. Recently, a number cruise lines have begun to use Whittier as a departure port for their Gulf of Alaska Cruises. Whittier is only 62 road miles southeast of Anchorage. One of the unique features of Whittier is that it is separated from Alaska’s road system by a 2.5 mile long tunnel that is shared by alternating one-way auto and railroad traffic.
Accommodations in Whittier are limited, and we suggest you contact the Whittier Chamber of Commerce for an up to date listing. Additional choices are available in nearby Anchorage and Girdwood. A large number of visitors stay in Whittier just for the day, either on a day tour or connecting with a cruise ship.
Whittier Tours and Attractions
Whittier offers a number of great day tours including kayaking, fishing and glacier cruises. One of our favorite choices is a Prince William Sound Glacier and Wildlife Cruise.
Whittier is an easy drive from Anchorage by rental car, although additional time and expense should be allowed for the tunnel. See Whittier Tunnel Information. The Alaska Railroad offers service to Whittier from Anchorage, and many companies offering Whittier day tours offer bus transportation from Anchorage as well. If you are disembarking or embarking an Alaska Cruise in Whittier both Alaska Railroad and bus service are available, check out our Alaska cruise transportation page for more details. If you are considering trying to pick up or drop off a rental car in Whittier you will want to take a look at our Whittier rental car page.