Traveler's Guide to Whittier, Alaska

 

Whittier is located in the middle of South Central Alaska. It's isolated and central all at the same time. It's less than 100 miles from Anchorage, Seward, the Kenai Peninsula, and Valdez. Yet, it's tucked back into the Chugach mountains and on a fjord in Prince William Sound. It's a perfect jumping off point into the Alaskan maritime wilderness.

Transportation

The mighty Alaskan Railroad near Whittier, AK

The Alaska Railroad heading into Whittier, Alaska is a memorable trip. Photo: Alaskan Dude

Alaska Rail Road
The World famous Alaska Railroad provides land access to Whittier. You can catch the train in Anchorage or at Portage and ride through the tunnel into town. The ride is very scenic and worthwhile. You can also bring a car along, but unless you are taking the ferry, why would you.
Whittier Tunnel
Link has the tunnel schedule and tolls (starting at $12 for a car). Little known fact, the Whittier Tunnel is the longest combined vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America. And, it's known at the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel
Alaska State Ferry
The AMHS (Alaska Marine Highway System) docks in the downtown of Whittier. This is the best way to access the town from the East and provides a beautiful trip from Valdez or Seward through Prince William Sound.

Harley's Rent Alaska
specializes in One Way Car, SUV, and Mini Van rentals between Anchorage Alaska and Whittier Alaska
Avis
Local & one way car rentals Tel:(907) 472-2277
The Magic Bus
Van shuttle from Denali to Seward / Homer. Makes a stop at the Pottage Tunnel for access to Whitter by train.
Whittier Water Taxi
Whittier Water Taxi offers water transportation service for up to six passengers to any back-country location throughout South Western Prince William Sound for camping, sea-kayaking, hiking, photography, birding and wildlife viewing hotspots.

Cruise ship at Whittier Alaska

Cruise ship at Whittier Alaska. Photo: Len@Loblolly

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