Whittier Alaska

Welcome to Whittier Alaska

AlaskaWhittier.com provides information about transportation, lodging, charters and tours for your visit to our state. We hope you enjoy you visit to our charming little town nestled deep in the heart of Prince William Sound.

Housing, lodging, rooms, rentals and even camping in Whittier you will find is very limited. Try making reservations for lodging in Anchorage, Indian, Bird Point, or Girdwood. For RV’s, there are two government campgrounds on the Portage Glacier Road and some overflow camping alternatives as well.
See Whittier Alaska Campgrounds for additional info.

This small coastal town on the edge of towering mountains and colossal glaciers is the setting for Whittier Glacier Tour in Prince William Sound Alaska. Prepare your cameras to capture the real beauty of an unspoiled eco-system tucked away in the shadows of giants.

Whittier AK, a quaint seaside town some 50 miles southeast of Anchorage along the Seward Highway. The town is accessed from the Portage Glacier road and connected to main highway system through the 2½ mile long combined access tunnel shared by vehicles and the Alaska Railroad. This route connects this picturesque seaside town located on the shores of Prince William Sound to the Kenai Peninsula and the rest of Alaska. The tunnel opened to vehicle traffic on June 7, 2000 after widespread demand from the people of Alaska. Today, residents of the state use this tunnel for access to the outstanding fishing and vacation possibilities that can be accessed from the Whittier boat harbor.
See Whittier AK Tides if your looking to launch your boat in Whittier AK.

Whittier Alaska Cruises

Whittier, AK with a population of 271 people now receives a growing number of cruise ships from Princess Cruise line that stops here every summer.

Experience Prince William Sound and see the whales, otters, glaciers and more from a small boat cruise out of Whittier AK. These excursions are popular among the cruise ship passengers visiting this port.

Whittier Alaska transportation and lodging includes our favorite things to do while we are in town. Whittier may be small in size but it does offer some great hiking, photography, boating, fishing, and shrimping.

Whittier and Prince William Sound Fishing Trips.

There are plenty of fishing and boating opportunities available in Whittier. From the small boat harbor where you can launch a private boat or board a charter vessel heading for the rich fishing grounds of Prince William Sound.

We are often asked certain questions about this area and thought we would start answering some of these questions here on the website. Questions like

  • Where is Whittier AK?
    • As mentioned above, Whittier is located in Prince William Sound about 60 miles southeast of Anchorage.
    • Read More about where Whittier Alaska is located and some of the things to see and do while there.
  • How do we get there?
    • Driving is now possible since opening the Alaska Railroad tunnel to automobile traffic. Access is described above.
    • Alaska Railroad offers daily services to Anchorage and more.
    • Cruise Ships now offer services to the Port of Whittier as part of an Alaska Cruise. Check with any of the cruise ship agents to see what they offer.
    • Private Bus or Tour Operations offer shuttle services and tour busses to and from other areas of Alaska.
  • What is the distance from Whittier to Anchorage?
    • About 60 miles by road or rail along Turnagain Arm. This drive follows the coastline along the magnificent Chugach mountains bordering the Seward Highway, one of the Alaska Scenic Highways.
  • Things to do in Whittier AK. Hunting and fishing trips, glacier cruises, boating including boat rentals, hiking and trails, fishing charters, cruise tours.
    • Whittier Alaska Glaciers includes the names and locations of many of the glaciers you will see from a small boat tour out of the port of Whittier AK.
    • Salmon Fishing From one of the fishing charters out of Whittier AK you can fill your freezer with the bounties of the sea. Salmon, Halibut, Lingcod and Salmon Shark are just some of the fishing available from the port town of Whittier.
    • Sealife abounds throughout the rich waters of Prince William Sound and a full or partial day tour of Whittier can be the highlight of your vacation.
    • The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a safe and accessible place to view take photos of these animals while supporting their care and well being at the same time.

Distances from Whittier AK to:

Anchorage Alaska: 60 Miles Eagle River Alaska: 78 Miles
Wasilla Alaska: 112 Miles Talkeetna Alaska: 183 Miles
Fairbanks Alaska: 418 Miles Seward Alaska: 78 Miles
Soldotna Alaska: 99 Miles Homer Alaska: 189 Miles

Transportation in Whittier Alaska

A common question concerning Whittier Alaska Car Rentals is are they available and from whom. For that reason we include this page.

Whittier Shuttles are also available for cruise ship passengers. Read more about cruise ships and the port of Whittier at Whittier Cruise Shuttles. It's also important to note that while many cruise itineraries list the port as Anchorage, the actual port of call is Whittier where passengers board the Alaska Railroad or one of the shuttles for the hour long trip to the city of Anchorage about 60 miles away.