Whittier is a port town situated at the head of Passage Canal on the west side of Prince William Sound. This picturesque community is approximately 60 miles from Anchorage and accessed via the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, a 2.5 mile highway and railroad combination tunnel through the Chugach Mountains. Only about 200 people live in Whittier year round.
Historically this area was used by Alaskan Natives as a portage route between Prince William Sound and the Turnagain Arm. Today, Whittier is a port of call for the Alaska Marine Highway System and also serves as an embarkation/disembarkation port for Gulf of Alaska cruises.
The icy waters of Prince William Sound accessible from Whittier offer the highest concentration of glaciers in Alaska. Excellent day cruises include the Major Marine Prince William Sound Blackstone Glacier Cruise and Phillips 26 Glacier Cruise.