Welcome to Whittier: The Gateway to Prince William Sound

City of Whittier Alaska

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Comprehensive Plan

Our 2020 Comprehensive Plan for Whittier includes preserving our unspoiled environment, while improving amenities for all those who live and visit here.
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Tunnel Schedule

Enjoy the unique experience of a trip to Whittier, Alaska, driving the longest combined vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America!
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Shotgun Cove Road

The City of Whittier is currently finalizing the design to extend Shotgun Cove Road to improve access to Trinity Point and Passage Canal.
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Situated at the head of Passage Canal, Whittier is by far the most visited gateway to the mesmerizing wilderness of Prince William Sound. See the Beauty >

About Whittier, Alaska

Map of Alaska with Whittier marked.

Welcome to the spectacular community of Whittier, Alaska! If you drive the Seward Highway heading southeast from Anchorage for about 60 miles and pass through the historic Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, you will arrive at the pristine wilderness at the head of Passage Canal and find the city of Whittier nestled between breathtaking mountains, emerald forests, and a sparkling blue sea. Whittier is a gateway to the mesmerizing wilderness of the Prince William Sound and each summer, thousands of visitors arrive at this magnificent city by ship, train, or car.  

The people of Whittier are as varied and unique as the landscape that surrounds them. Locals love sharing stories of incredible firsthand experiences from “the winter winds of Whittier,” to the huge halibut they once caught, to the highs and lows that come from having most of the community live in one main building. Whittier is truly a land like no other. 

Come to Whittier to see an exciting array of wildlife. Birders enjoy spectacular views of bald eagles, great gray owls, and the elusive peregrine falcon. Across the bay, visitors can witness the controlled chaos of the largest Kittiwake rookery in the North Pacific. Porcupines, black bear, mountain goats, salmon, humpback whales, sea otters, orcas, and harbor seals are known to visit Whittier and its bay during the summer months, too. Fishermen enjoy the bounty of 15,000 square miles of Prince William Sound, one of the richest wild marine fisheries on the planet. 

If action is more your style, Whittier will not disappoint! The historical, 10,000-year old Portage Trail is located on the right as you roll into town. Horsetail Falls and Emerald Point Trails are impressive, improved trails with unsurpassed views. Jetskiing, kayaking, boating, and glacier day-cruises are all options to enjoy. There is plenty of wilderness to explore. 

We invite you to take a deep breath, slow down, and take it all in! Wild and wonderful Whittier awaits!