Whittier is a small town that lies 120 km south east of Anchorage in south central Alaska. The town has its origins from World War II, when the American military built a port and railroad terminus near the Whittier Glacier (named after the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier). The port was used by the military until 1960. Today, the town is a popular port of call for cruise ships and is popular with tourists and sport fishermen. It has links to Anchorage and the Alaskan interior.
Whittier offers the visitor a number of activities including fishing, glacier cruises and kayaking. The Prince William Sound Explorer Glacier Cruise takes passengers through the fjords and is an opportunity to explore the wilderness and tame waters of Prince William Sound. Highlights of the tour include the waterfalls and inlets of Esther Passage and the tidewater glaciers of Barry Arm. The cruise lasts six hours, during which passengers can enjoy lunch, watch the abundant marine life and learn about the natural history of the area. The cruise is available from May to September.