Blogs from Whittier, Alaska, United States, North America


North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier September 1st 2013

Location: Whittier Wildlife: salmon and marmot Scenery: glaciers Today I find myself in the quaint fishing village of Whittier, AK to go fishing for silver salmon with my niece, Ginny, and her husband,Will. I'm very excited because I know grizzly's like salmon and there are sure to be fishing along the shore trying to get their share of salmon! You access Whittier by driving down the Seward highway, one of the most picturesque highways in the country, and driving through one of the world's longest one-way tunnels, finally popping out in Whittier! Will found a lovely cove to cast out his line while Ginny and I 'helped' by standing on the shore shouting helpful advice to Will while he fished. After awhile we got bored as Will was not taking any of our advice (and subsequently ... read more
LuAnne and Ginny

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier August 8th 2012

Whittier is the western gateway to Prince William Sound and is located on the northern edge of the Gulf of Alaska. It is a very small town of a few hundred. Whittier was established by the U.S. Army during Word War II as "the secret port". Following the war, the Army built the two large buildings that still remain as landmarks in Whittier. The 14-story Begich Towers is now a condominium that houses most of Whittier's population along with its post office, city hall and medical clinic. Whittier has a mild maritime climate with a maximum of 84F and a minimun of -29F. Average snowfall is 260 inches annually. There is not much there except for small restaurants, shops, train station, day cruise dock, and ferry dock. When we arrived in Whittier, we lined up in ... read more
Rainbow at Valdez
The Aurora
Leaving Whittier

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier August 7th 2012

I need to clarify something I said in my blog yesterday. I said that when we were in the RV park near the Portage Glacier that we didn't have water and electricity. I meant that we didn't have hook-ups for these as we do have a water holding tank and a generator in our motor home. It rained Sunday night and it was raining yesterday morning when we left for Whittier to catch our ferry to Valdez. In 1914 The Alaska Railroad Corp. began to consider ways to construct a railroad spur to what is now the town of Whittier. They wanted this route because of its ability to provide a short cut to a deep-water port. This route didn't become a reality until World War II. The main advantage of using Whittier as a rail ... read more
Going into the tunnel
Leaviing the  tunnel

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 14th 2012

Whittier is sount of Anchorage, we took the train to Whittier for our cruise to the glaciers.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 13th 2012

Finally made to Alaska, Sum & I had a blast in AK, we Traveled on the Alaska train south to Whittier to catch the 26 glacier tour on board the Klondike. This ship is fast & cool, but we were there for the glaciers. This was a unique experience for us, we had never been to AK, and never seen a glacier upclose. Sum, had a blast as did I, we will return to AK soon, and glaciers are amazing, the air smell so fresh, the water was blue in Whittier, Whittier is a small town, it hos some little shops, but that is about it. I will let the picture do the narration for the glaciers.... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier June 27th 2012

After Glacier Bay, the ship cruised though College Fjord before arriving in Whittier at about midnight. There are many glaciers in College Fjord and they are named after eastern colleges. We didn't get a lot of time to sightsee here because we were taking part in a music trivia contest on the ship. (took second) We would spend the night there in the harbor before disembarking at around 9:00 in the morning. We would then have a 1-1/2 hour bus ride to the Anchorage Airport where we would pick up a rental car. I kept wondering why our ship wasn't going all the way to Anchorage as some cruise ships do. It turns out that a lot of people take the train tour up to Denali National Park and then further north to Fairbanks. The train ... read more
Our Hotel
Lake Hood
Matthew From South Africa

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier May 29th 2012

Getting ready to pack for our Alaska trip in 2 weeks. My sister-sib Karen and I have done this trip before but this time we are going to spend the night in Anchorage and take the train to Whittier the next day. We spend so much time outside on this trip and walk miles on the deck as the scenery is so incredible. In 2008 we did this trip and actually lost weight we put on so many miles. This trip we are going to hit every quilt store we can find: 2 in Anchorage, 1 in Juneau, 2 in Skagway and 1 in Ketchikan, last count. This year will be the first time we plan on taking a whale watching tour from a local company which will limit the number of people on the boat ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier May 26th 2012

This morning we were up early and disembarked in Whittier. Not much of a town here - mostly industrial. There are no homes in Whittier - there is one old high-rise military barracks and everyone in town lives there. It was rainy and cold and a little depressing. Having to leave the ship - our home for the past 7 days - was hard, even though we knew we had more adventures ahead of us. We boarded a bus for our ~300 mile drive up to Denali, and met our driver, Dan, who was a music teacher. Dan was an interesting fellow who liked to sing. He said he got bored giving the same old safety speech every time he drove, so he wrote a song which he then proceeded to sing for us. Hmmmm, this ... read more
"The Mountain"
Mt. McKinley / Denali
At Denali viewing spot

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 19th 2010

Today was a most awesome and splendid day! We left Daisy at Aunt Jean's in the care of our cousin Brittie. We had reservations for a 6 hour boatride out of Whittier. We had to take the 11:30 tunnel time in order to make it to the tour boat on time. Carol and Art were impressed by the train tunnel! It was a drizzly, overcast day, and we hoped we would be able to see the glaciers! Onboard was a park ranger/naturalist who could explain some of the sights and the animals. It was warm and comfortable and a nice boat with a top deck outside for viewing. We set out on "the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound" at about 1:15. The clouds were beginning to lift off the mountains around. There were high ... read more
Giant Shrimp
Sea Otter

North America » United States » Alaska » Whittier July 13th 2010

Another day of adventure. We decided to drive to Whittier, which is a port town. We drove along Turnagain Arm, which is an arm of the Cook Inlet which comes out of the Gulf of Alaska. It has some of the highest tides in the country at 28 feet and a tide called a bore tide. The “Arm” is quite shallow. At low tide, it is mostly a mudflat, but beluga whales are said to frequent it. With our luck with moose, we don’t expect much. Anyway, it was a lovely drive with snow-capped green mountains on both sides of the long bay. Before we could get to Whittier, we went by Portage Lake. Portage Glacier meets the lake, so we got to see a few mini-icebergs floating around. We also passed a couple of other ... read more
Sad Bear
A Real Train
Bore Tide

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