Whittier , Alaska , is a sleepy town on the west side of Prince William Sound, tucked between picturesque mountains. Instead, on the edge of town, there stands a 14-story building called Begich Towers — a former Army barracks, resembling an aging hotel, where most of the town’s 200 residents live.
Top Attractions in Whittier Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel . 544 reviews. See 5 Experiences. Portage Pass Trail. 13 reviews. Museums. Prince William Sound Museum. 67 reviews. Whittier Harbor. 224 reviews. Horsetail Falls Trail. 18 reviews. Alaska Ferry. 4 reviews. Emerald Cove Trail. 2 reviews. Begich Towers Incorporated. 19 reviews.
It takes just over an hour by car or bus to reach Whittier , including a two mile trip through a mountain tunnel. The tunnel is a single lane, with vehicle traffic alternating between each direction every half hour. The train takes a little longer to make the trip, just under two hours.
Whittier cost of living is 83.5
|COST OF LIVING||Whittier||Alaska|
|Median Home Cost||$72,200||$310,600|
Whittier Tunnel Tickets start at $13. All tickets are round trip. Check out the tunnels fees for different sized vehicles.
Top 100 Jobs Relatively More Common in Alaska Than Elsewhere
|Rank||Job||Local Popularity Index|
|1||Zoologists and wildlife biologists||45.6|
|2||Geological and petroleum technicians||30.5|
|3||Airline pilots , copilots, and flight engineers||29.3|
|4||Material moving workers||20.2|
The Alaska Railroad’s Glacier Discovery route offers daily summer service from Anchorage to Whittier in the morning, with an evening return trip. The train ride usually takes just under 2 1/2 hours in each direction, and the Whittier train schedule allows plenty of time for a glacier day cruise in Prince William Sound.
The tunnel is open from 5:30 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. during the summer months. In the winter the tunnel is open Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 8:40 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
There are 2 ways to get from Whittier to Denali National Park and Preserve by train or bus Take the train from Whittier to Anchorage. Take the train from Anchorage to Hurricane. Travel from Hurricane to Denali National Park and Preserve.
The motorcoach trip from Whittier to Anchorage covers 60 miles and generally takes about two hours. The journey begins with the 2.5 mile long Anton Anderson Memorial tunnel through the Chugach Mountains to Portage Valley. If weather permits, you can see hanging glaciers as you travel through Portage Valley.