Whittier

Overview

Introduction

Whittier is a small seaport located south of Anchorage and nestled in the Chugach Mountains. It is Anchorage's closest deep-water seaport and the gateway to exploring the many wonders and sights of eastern Prince William Sound. One building, the Begich Towers, houses nearly all of Whittier's residents as well as the school, church and a store.

Visitors' first stop should be the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, which takes in the flora, fauna and ice of the nearby Portage Glacier area. Stop at one of the viewing platforms overlooking the area creeks and rivers and watch salmon spawning. Day hikes to nearby alpine glaciers offer plenty of opportunities for those who like rugged back-country hiking.

The 2.5-mi-/4-km-long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is the longest vehicle tunnel in North America. This vintage and renovated World War II train tunnel and bunker is the fastest and most economical way to reach Whittier.

Visitors to Whittier will find plenty to keep them active, including kayaking, sightseeing, touring, hiking and fishing.

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