Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel
The tunnel that connects Whittier to the Seward Highway is a marvel of engineering. In 2000, the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel
was overhauled for auto traffic and now is the longest 'railroad-highway' tunnel in North America at 2.7 miles. You can enjoy it either in your car or onboard the Alaska Railroad.
A number of charter fishing captains operate out of Whittier, offering a day of fishing in scenic Prince William Sound. Catches range from salmon to ling cod but halibut is usually the most sought after species.
Whittier is one of Alaska's best places for scuba diving. Charter boat operators can provide transportation to the most popular underwater areas such as the Dutch Group islands, where divers can view Great Pacific octopuses, wolf eels and giant crabs. Divers can also go to Smitty's Cove, which is east of the ferry terminal, and is accessible by foot. The best time to dive is March through June.
Fourth of July Celebration
Whittier stages an old fashion 4th of July Celebration with fireworks that kick off the event at just before midnight on July 3, followed by a parade, games and activities for children, entertainment and a bar-be-cue feast.
Glacier cruises are popular in Whittier with a variety of tour boats departing daily during the summer from the small-boat harbor. Most cruises last four to six hours and often include glacier-riddled Blackstone Bay and Harriman Fjord. Passengers are usually treated to variety of marine wildlife sightings on the way to the glaciers.
Whittier features views of more than a dozen waterfalls leaping from icefields into Prince William Sound. The most impressive is picturesque Horsetail Falls formed where Whittier Creek plunges from the ridge of a glacial cirque west of town.
Located in the heart of Prince William Sound and surrounded by glaciated fjords and inlets, Whittier is a popular destination for sea kayakers. The most common overnight trip from Whittier is Blackstone Bay, which contains a pair of tidewater glaciers, Blackstone and Beloit. Visitors can rent kayaks in Whittier and arrange water taxi drop-off to other fjords, including Harriman Fjord, College Fjord and Unakwik Inlet.
Prince William Sound Museum
Prince William Sound Museum features numerous displays about Whittier's unusual military history, but for many the most striking exhibit is on Anton Anderson, who engineered the town's tunnel. Anderson not only was an engineer who was able to handle the massive war-time project but there was also a political side to him as he eventually became the mayor of Anchorage.
US Forest Service Cabins
There are six U.S. Forest Service cabins
that can be reserved in advance and are accessible by boat from Whittier. Pigot Bay and Paulson Bay are the closest and both offer excellent salmon fishing and good views. Charter boat operators in Whittier can provide water taxi service to any of the cabins.