Whittier (Greater) Chamber of Commerce
Only 60 miles from Anchorage, Whittier is the Gateway to adventure in Prince William Sound. Dense groves of spruce trees grow along the rugged shoreline of Chugach National Forest protecting this incredible ecosystem. Within the Chugach, the second largest national forest in the United States, is a vast wilderness area. Prince William Sound is one of the few areas in the world that such a large concentration of glaciers can be seen in a relatively small area. The Sound is made up of many deep fjords with tidewater glaciers that calve before your eyes, and islands around every turn. The serenity found here beckons all to a place where you learn the real meaning of the word “beauty”. 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. Keep an eye open for local salmon and halibut derbies during the summer. Birds are also in abundance. Watch eagles soar above the trees or see thousands of seabirds gather in their nesting grounds at the kittiwake rookery located 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. Be prepared for cool wet weather. Rain jackets are essential and casual comfortable clothing is the rule.