Whittier and its population of a few hundred sit right on Prince William Sound. Situated on the northeast edge of the Kenai Peninsula. Visitors to Whittier can enjoy many activities both on the water and on the shore.
The big buildings that comprise Whittier were built in 1948. The army built a 14-story, 198 apartment building for family housing and Army bachelors quarters. The Buckner Building, which was completed in 1953, has 1,000 apartments. At one time it was the largest building in Alaska. It's been dubbed the "city under one roof" because of its hospital, bowling alley, theater, gym, swimming pool and various shops. The facility remained active until 1960. In 1964 the building was converted to condominiums and today houses the majority of Whittier residents.
Besides the sound, Whittier is only accessible one route. The 2.5. mile long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel connects Whittier to the rest of Alaska. The $70 million road was completed in summer 2000. The tunnel has one lane which is shared by buses, trains, and cars.
To read more on the best things to do in Alaska here. We go into detail on some of the best cities along the Inside Passage to travel.
If you are interested in traveling to Alaska, one of the best things to do is to go on an Alaskan Cruise. This way you can experience the incredible adventure that Alaska brings. From whale watching, bears, fishing, glacier calving and more. Read more about our best small ship Alaska cruises here.
The best time to travel to Alaska depends on what you are wanting to do. The best time to cruise to Alaska is between May and August.
The lowest rainfall in Alaska is during the months of May and June. If you are wanting to visit Alaska to see whales, it's best to go on a cruise during June and July after the whales have made their migration.
However if you want to see bears in Alaska, the best time to travel to Alaska is during the month of May.