Things to See & Do -
Whittier is located on Prince William Sound, and
is the arrival and departure point for most cruise ship trips that
make terminal port calls in Alaska. In addition, there are numerous
opportunities to explore the wildlife, fjords and glaciers of western
Prince William Sound. Daily glacier and wildlife cruises depart from
Whittier, cruising among the icebergs and wildlife of the sound. In
addition, one can explore the sound from a kayak, with many different
kayaking options available.
Places To Eat
Whittier is a very small town, and
until just a few years ago, the only access to Whittier was by air or
rail. As a result, the options for food and lodging in Whittier are
relatively limited. Since people generally visit Whittier as a part of
a day trip, food and lodging is generally had in Anchorage or
Girdwood. However, many of the attractions that people visit in
Whittier, such as full day kayaking and glacier cruises provide lunch
as a part of their activities.
Places to Stay –
People visiting Whittier generally
stay in Anchorage or Girdwood. Girdwood is an eclectic and quaint town
about 20 miles from Whittier, on Turnagain Arm. While the number of
lodging choices in Girdwood is relatively small, they include some of
the nicest hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts in the state.
Whittier is located on the western end
of Prince William Sound, in the Chugach Mountains. The town is
surrounded by tall, spectacular mountains, ice fields and glaciers.
Whittier can be reached by the Alaska Railroad, or by road though the
Whittier Tunnel. This tunnel is notable because it is shared between
the railroad and highway traffic, and that traffic can only pass one
direction at a time. Thus, drivers must wait for scheduled tunnel
openings. The tunnel connects to the Seward Highway via Portage Valley
Road in Portage.
Whittier’s climate is influenced by its proximity to water, mountains
and glaciers. As a result, weather can change quickly, from quite
pleasant to terrible in a matter of minutes. Even so, many summer days
in Whittier are quite pleasant, with temperatures in the 60’s and low
70’s. Many other days are windy, rainy and cool, with temperatures
struggling to reach 55. In the winter, the same pattern continues, but
with considerable snow and rain. Temperatures are generally in the
20’s and 30’s, with frequent strong winds.
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