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About Whittier

The port town of Whittier is located approximately 60 miles southeast of Anchorage. The town is located on the western edge of the Prince William Sound, right at the northeastern shore of the Kenai Peninsula. The tiny coastal town is nestled at the base of towering snow-capped mountains and massive glaciers.

While the town has a population of approximately 270 people, the seaside town is a frequently visited port by many cruise ships.

Whittier is an absolute haven for photographers with incredibly beautiful scenery that encompasses the ocean, snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers and waterfalls, not to mention plenty of teeming wildlife to capture on film.

The massively abundant wildlife in the area offer amazing opportunities to wildlife watchers, but it seems that sports-fishing is the real prize within this region.

Interesting Facts About the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel

Whittier is accessible from the Portage Glacier Road, which is connected to the highway through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. This 2 ½ mile long tunnel is the second largest highway tunnel and the longest combined rail and highway tunnel in North America.

It is an extraordinarily unique drive since it actually cuts through Maynard Mountain. A schedule for the tunnel access is available at www.dot.state.ak.us/creg/whittiertunnel/index.shtml.

What to Do in and Around the Town?

Whittier is ideally situated at the Passage Canal of the Prince William Sound.  This naturally makes the town a huge attraction for sport-fishing that anglers can’t resist. The abundant levels of salmon, lingcod, halibut and salmon shark in the area mean that anglers will have the time of their lives.

Being situated on Prince William Sound means Whittier can offer visitors plenty of different glacier tours to enjoy for that real Alaskan experience. The Prince William Sound is also the ideal spot for Humpback whale-watching. Keep your eyes open and you may also spot sea lions and otters.

At the Portage Glacier turn-off is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which allows visitors to see some of the wildlife up close. The conservation center is home to moose, brown bear, bison, caribou, musk ox, elk, and a bald eagle.

If you love water then you're definitely in the right spot. Explore the many local waterways in a kayak and marvel at the gorgeous scenery. Discover the many local glaciers, or search for some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area.

Enthusiastic hikers can take their pick from a range of local trails that include the Salmon Run trail and the Portage Pass trail.  

There are also some excellent winter adventure activities to keep you entertained, ranging from cross country skiing, to snow shoeing and snowmobiling.

Unique Access by Car

The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is the only access point to Whittier other than travel by water. Before June 2000, the Alaska Railroad provided a shuttle system to get to and from Whittier. Since the tunnels opened it has become a popular access point for cars because of the ease of access and the uniqueness of the drive to get to the township.

Whittier is the perfect spot for local excursions by Avis car rental or boat. It is the only town in Alaska requiring a small drive through a tunnel for access by land.

Avis Has You Covered

Avis offers you the freedom of one-way car rental transportation. This means you can plan your Alaskan adventure without having to worry about backtracking most of the journey. Simply rent a car to and from Whittier from our friendly Avis staff at your leisure.

Avis’ fleet of rental cars has you covered winter or summer while you visit Whittier. When you rent a car from us for any length of time we make sure everything is taken care of so that you can enjoy the finer things in life.