is Anchorage's portal to Prince William Sound. Although
Anchorage itself in on Upper Cook Inlet, the highest tides in
the Northern America, muddy, fast-moving water offers no use for
boating. Whittier, on the other hand, stands on the edge of a
long fjord, whose clear waters are full of salmon orcas, and
otters. Surrounded by mountains dripping with glaciers which are
beautiful when the sun is shining, they also trap storms over
the town and as a result 15 feet of rain and 20 feet of snow a
year is average. Most of town's 250 residents live in one
14-story structure, which certainly cuts down on snow-shoveling
In the past, the
only way to get to Whittier was by riding through the mountain
by train. Now the railway tunnel is paved creating North
America's longest highway tunnel.
But it is also among the most inconvenient to use in North
America. It has only one lane, and that lane must be shared by
traffic and trains in both directions.
There are lots of exciting things to do in Whittier such as
hiking, fishing for salmon, trout, red snapper, photography,
hunting for bear and birds, wildlife viewing, and much more
right here in Whittier, Alaska!