Welcome to Whittier


Founded in 1941 as a deep-water military base, Whittier was heavily fortified in the early years of the Cold War, before the military pulled out in the 1960s. In danger of becoming a ghost town, the settlement somehow survived and is now a popular cruise-ship port and day-trip destination from Anchorage (a shared road-rail tunnel links it to the Seward Hwy). Serious outdoor enthusiasts revere it for its kayaking, fishing and glacier-viewing – inclement weather and ugly architecture be damned!


Top experiences in Whittier

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $29.99

Image for

Whittier activities

$135 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Columbia Glacier Cruise from Valdez

Columbia Glacier is the headline destination of this tour, however there are many other attractions along the way that your local captain and crew will share with you such as; a water based tour of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Terminal, a chance to witness commercial salmon fishing operations, and cascading waterfalls along the shoreline. A visit to Columbia Bay is one of geologic significance. Columbia Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in southcentral Alaska is in the middle of a historic retreat into the Chugach Mountains. Each trip into this area is unique and our approach to Columbia is determined by the ice conditions we find. In addition to the amazing ice in Columbia Bay you will see wildlife along the way that calls the Sound home. Your guides will be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, sea otters, eagles, puffins, porpoise, whales and more!

$895 Private & Custom Tours

Anchorage to Whittier Cruise Transfer and Private Tour

On this private full-day tour, you'll see more sites than you would on an ordinary tour of Anchorage, Alaska. Your guide will show you the special things that make Anchorage and Turnagain Arm unique.After pickup in Anchorage, explore the area on an exciting city tour and soon after, soak up the sights along the incomparable Turnagain Arm. This stunningly beautiful peace of Alaska is home to a myriad of wildlife - such as Dall sheep, mountain goats, boose, beluga whales, black bears and migratory bird species. Other stops include Beluga Point, Bird Point, the Alyeska Scenic Tramway, and Portage Lake. For an extra cost, enter the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through conversation. This tour will end with drop-off in Whittier. You can customize both the day and start-time of your tour to accommodate your schedule and interests. This itinerary can also be reversed to accommodate groups traveling from Whittier to Anchorage.Your private tour guide can adjust the schedule, duration, and activities to meet your needs. Please make a note of any special requests you have.

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

Anchorage to Whittier Half-Day Transfer Tour with Hotel Pickup

HALF DAY TRANSFER TOURS This is the most popular transfer option which features live tour commentary from professional guides and photo stops at Beluga Point and Portage Glacier.  Also included on all sightseeing tour transfers is an approximately one hour visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to view Alaska's most famous animals in their natural setting. During this visit you'll get great pictures of real live Bears, Moose, Muskox, Caribou, Bison, and more. Admission to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is included.  This is the perfect way to start your Alaska cruise.AM Tour:Pick up at all major Anchorage hotels (beginning at 9:45am) or the Anchorage Airport (10:30am)Departure from Anchorage is 10:45am.  Arrival at Whittier terminal is 1:45pm.  PM Tour:Pick up at all major Anchorage hotels (beginning at 12:45pm) or the Anchorage Airport (1:30pm)Departure from Anchorage is 1:45pm.  Arrival at Whittier terminal is 4:45pm.  

$59.06 Transfers & Ground Transport

Anchorage Airport to Whittier Cruise Port Private Transfer

Upon arrival at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), you'll be met by your professional driver. Choose from either a sedan, for up to three passengers; an SUV, for up to five passengers; or a stretch limousine, for up to eight passengers. Once you’re settled comfortably in your spacious private vehicle, you’ll be driven straight to the Port of Whittier for your cruise departure.When making a booking for this private arrival transfer from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to the Port of Whittier, you will need to advise your flight details and your destination details to complete your reservation. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!At time of booking, YOU MUST include the following details in the Special Requirements box: • Airline • Flight number • Departing city/arrival city • Arrival time • Pier information • Ship informationWorry-free Shore Excursion:If your flight lands on time at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, we will ensure your timely arrival at the Port of Whittier for this transfer. In the rare event your cruise ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. However, if your flight is delayed, your transfer is no longer covered by our worry-free policy. See our terms and conditions for full details.Price is per person, based on three passengers per sedan, five per sports utility vehicle or eight per limousine.

$200 Classes & Workshops

Cruise Ship Transfer - Wilderness, Wildlife, Glaciers & Free Photo Lesson Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Seward Highway, AlaskaVoted Most Scenic Highway in AmericaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Beluga Point, Anchorage, AlaskaMajestic Views while seasonal whale watching site.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Chugach State Park, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaStop at Scenic Bird Point State Park.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Chugach National Forest, AlaskaAwe inspiring views and abundance of wildlife, glaciers and free photo lessons.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaExperience Alaska's Wildlife in a reserve-type setting. Bears. Moose, Eagles, Bison, Reindeer & Wolfs are just a few to see and photograph. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Portage Glacier, Girdwood, Anchorage, AlaskaGrand like a sapphires, see Glacier Valley's many ice behemoths. Gaze, view or photograph as many as 14 Glaciers. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, Whittier, AlaskaExplore the longest dual vehicle-railroad tunnel in North America. Opens up into Whittier, Alaska, home of the Princess Cruise Ships ported for cruise ship passenger boarding.Duration: 20 minutes

$199 Cultural & Theme Tours

Winter All-In-One

From downtown Anchorage, travel along the Turnagain arm to Portage Valley. Take a trip through a 5K one way tunnel to a former secret military base - now the City of Whittier. Have lunch on us -- fresh halibut or clam chowder. Next the Wildlife conservation Center. Finally a trip into the Chugach Mountains with a spectacular view of Turnagain Arm. This tour includes a full city tour and pick-up or drop-off at location of choice. The Winer All-In-One is catered to your personal experience and needs. Experience the Land of the midnight sun without the SUN. We cater this adventure to the Alaskan environment. Learn about the history of Anchorage. A Real Alaskan Tour Guide sharing facts and personal experiences. From downtown Anchorage, travel along the Turnagain arm to Portage Valley. Take a trip through a 5K one way tunnel to a former secret military base - now the City of Whittier. Have lunch on us -- fresh halibut or clam chowder. Next the Wildlife conservation Center. Finally a trip into the Chugach Mountains with a spectacular view of Turnagain Arm. This tour includes a full city tour and pick-up or drop-off at location of choice. The Winer All-In-One is catered to your personal experience and needs.