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"Gateway to Prince William Sound"
Situated at the head of Passage Canal on the western edge of Prince William Sound, the community of Whittier is conveniently located approximately 60 miles southeast of Anchorage. Whittier is home to the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest combined railroad-vehicle tunnel in North America that connects the port city to the Seward Highway and South Central Alaska. Whittier is also the Gateway to Prince William Sound, with easy water access to the largest concentration of tidewater glaciers in Alaska.
- Charming and unique seaside community with a working harbor and many harbor view businesses offering Alaska seafood, distinctive gifts and spectacular view accommodations.
- Whittier is unique in that it is accessible by train, road, and ferry.
- Plenty of recreation options including, glacier and wildlife cruises, kayaking, hiking, fishing, shrimping, berry picking, and diving.
- Winter opportunities include snow machining, snow shoeing, Nordic skiing, and hunting.
- Visit whittieralaskachamber.org for more information on available activities and accommodations.
Ferry service from Whittier to neighboring Prince William Sound communities is provided seven days per week in the summer and two to three days per week in the winter. By ferry, Whittier is five hours and forty five minutes to Valdez and six hours and forty-five minutes to Cordova. The cross-gulf route, serviced by the MV Kennicott, connects Whittier to Southeast Alaska twice per month in the summer, and with access to surface highways once you arrive in Whittier the possibilities for exploration are endless.
Below are some ideas to help you plan your trip to Alaska. Please note that availability and routing on your particular date of travel may vary from the suggested itinerary.