Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska

Whittier, approximately 65 miles southeast of Anchorage, lies nestled at the base of the Chugach Mountains bordering Passage Canal. Established as a World War II port for cargo and troops of the Alaska Command, Whittier remained activated until 1960. Today, Whittier's economy and its 290 residents rely largely on the fishing industry, the port and, increasingly, on tourism.

Once accessible only by boat or via a war-era railway tunnel, The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel was recently enhanced to accommodate highway traffic as well, making it the longest highway/rail tunnel in North America at 2.5 miles.

Named for the poet John Greenleaf Whittier, the community is also the gateway to spectacular Prince William Sound, with its magnificent tidewater glaciers and abundant marine life.

Whittier tours are available to passengers on back-to-back voyages who will stay onboard the ship and cruise back to Vancouver as well as guests ending their cruise in Whittier wiith an evening flight out of Anchorage on the day of disembarkation or an overnight in Anchorage after their cruise. Whittier tours are only available to cruisetour guests who spend the first night of their package in Anchorage. Other cruisetour guests cannot take an excursion as they would miss the transfer their next destination.

Top things to do and see in Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska: View Excursions

  • 1Prince William Sound

    Boasting more tidewater glaciers than anywhere else in North America, this gorgeous deepwater sound is home to a host of rich marine life.

  • 2Portage Glacier

    This giant wall of ice is one of Alaska's most popular and exciting attractions. It's your chance to witness glacier calving and hear the thunderous roar when a huge block of ice crashes into the sea.

  • 3Turnagain Arm

    The journey along the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet is one of the world's great drives, boasting breathtaking views of mountain scenery and the inlet and the chance to see wildlife.

  • 4Mt. Alyeska Tram

    Climb 2,300 feet above sea level to a viewing deck with panoramic vistas of hanging glaciers towering mountains, expanses of evergreen and glistening streams. Telescopes on deck intensify the view.

  • 5Seward Highway

    The Seward Highway linking Anchorage and Seward is a National Scenic Byway and one of 15 routes designated as an "All-American Road" in the United States. Dramatic views of wild Alaska abound.

  • 6Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

    Dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through public education, this refuge for injured and orphaned animals includes moose, elk, caribou, bears, musk oxen, bison, deer, lynx and eagles.

  • 7Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else.

  • 8Anchorage

    A modern city surrounded by spectacular wilderness and the state's largest community. Enjoy world-class attractions, Native Alaskan culture, shopping and dining in this four-time All American City.