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Museum in Whittier

Prince William Sound Museum

Whittier's history goes back to – well – 1941, so you might be surprised to hear that it has a museum. Bivouacked next to a grocery store beneath the Anchor Inn, it does a good, if modest, job of chronicling 75 year…
Seafood in Whittier

Wild Catch Cafe

This place is relatively new in Whittier's small restaurant universe, and its 'wild catch' appears primarily in its salmon burgers, and halibut and chips. The menu is inscribed on a big blackboard and there are two …
Seafood in Whittier

Swiftwater Seafood Cafe

This tiny hole in the wall has a walk-up counter where you order your food and pay before eating. Halibut and chips and red seafood chowder are the signature dishes, but there's also crab cakes, fried zucchini, burg…
Ice Cream in Whittier

Vardy's Ice Cream & Pizza Parlor

Under the same ownership as Swiftwater Seafood Cafe, this newer place is sheltered two doors away in a white clapboard bungalow and serves a casual assortment of ice cream, pizzas and various sweet treats. It's a we…
Arts & Crafts in Whittier

Log Cabin Gifts

Looking like a museum to Alaskan eccentricities, this genuine log cabin is adorned with reindeer antlers and Alaska Native art. The knickknacks, including lots of high-quality leatherwork, are handmade by owner Bren…
Seafood in Whittier

Inn at Whittier Restaurant

A hotel dining room with glorious views of the Sound (cloudy or not) that cooks up steaks, seafood and a spicy cajun shrimp Alfredo that's out of this world. Have a martini at the posh lounge attached to the restaur…
Cafe in Whittier

Cafe Orca

Gourmet sandwiches, some of the best chowder on the Sound, and a great little waterfront deck are the perfect combination for the best lunch in town. If it’s raining, sit inside with a hot espresso.
Cafe in Whittier

Donut Depot

A donut shack on the edge of Whittier's all-consuming car park, with enough sweetness and strong coffee to take the gray out of the dullest Prince William Sound day.
Landmark in Whittier

Begich Towers

Part of Whittier’s bizarreness stems from the fact that most of its inhabitants live in the same building, the 14-story Begich Towers. The Begich started life as the Hodge building in 1956 when it was constructed to…
Ruins in Whittier

Buckner Building

You can’t miss this ugly Cold War creation that melds into the surrounding landscape like a moose on a catwalk. Hailing from an architectural school best described as ‘brutalist,' the ginormous Buckner was construct…