Whittier, the gateway to beautiful Prince William Sound, is only 62 miles from Anchorage. It is accessible at Portage via the Alaska Railroad which takes you through two historical tunnels built during World War II by the US Army corps of Engineers. A new road that follows the railway road bed opened in the spring of 2000 which allowed road access for the first time. web: www.ci.whittier.ak.us
Surrounded by three magnificent glaciers Whittier is an ice-free port and is the site of many outdoor activities which include kayaking, scuba diving, boating, fishing, and photography. Temperatures are moderate, ranging from 75 degrees in summer to 0 degrees in winter, snowfall is 260 inches annually. Services include hotels, restaurants, picnic and camping areas, a 327 slip small boat harbor, 1100 ft. gravel airstrip, volunteer fire and emergency services, police, library, weather station, public school, post office, rural Alaska TV network, and a fully equipped medical clinic.