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Most often referred to as the Gateway to Prince William Sound, Whittier has long been known as a jumping off point for enjoying the Sound. This little sea-side hamlet has more to offer than first appears. Whitter hosts a delightful variety of restaurants and shops to explore. Indulge your culinary curiosity with fresh seafood caught from the icy waters of Prince William Sound, enjoy a gourmet espresso, baked goods or ice cream at a charming seaside cafe.
There are plenty of activities to choose from in Whittier, including excellent hiking trails, kayaking, fishing and of course our Cruises. Sea kayaking is especially popular here thanks to the sheltered coves and camping beaches in this western part of the Sound. Numerous fishing and sightseeing charters are available as well. Anglers can fish for salmon, halibut, bottom fish and even shark.
Whittier is a historical landmark, established by the U.S. Army during World War II as a “secret port”. Following the war, the Army built two large buildings that still stand as landmarks guarding this port town. The 14-story Begich Towers, now a condominium that houses most of Whittier’s population and the Buckner Building, once the largest building in Alaska is currently abandoned.
Learn more about Whittier’s history by visiting the new Prince William Sound Gateway Museum located in the Anchor Inn.