Prince William Sound: Closer than you think

Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent more time in Prince William Sound and the community of Whittier than I have during my 10 years of Alaska residence. This scenic area of southcentral Alaska entices thousands of Alaska visitors each year, eager for glaciers, wildlife, and a good dose of “real Alaska.” And they find it all, too.

Only an hour away from Anchorage, Whittier and the western end of Prince William Sound are easier to reach than other popular destinations like Seward and Homer, save the whole tunnel – entrance thing, which I think only adds to the overall Alaskanana experience. Full of history, recreation, funkiness, and that special weather system keeping even experienced meteorologists on their toes, Prince William Sound is one amazing area.

Behold some photos to encourage, inspire, and perhaps make you want to plug in a few websites and arrange your next visit. Enjoy.


Day cruises are a popular way to explore Prince William Sound. Both Major Marine Tours and 26 Glacier Tours operate from Whittier.



Surprise Glacier looms large over the landscape.



Shared by Alaska Railroad trains and vehicles, the Whittier Tunnel operates on a strict opening schedule to accommodate everyone. It's the only way to get to Whittier by land.


Whittier was constructed in the early 1940's to provide a deepwater port in case of Japanese or German attack. Alaska needed an ice-free port for supplies. It is still one of our most productive ports in the state.


Waterfalls and great scenery. With mom, of course.


Most visitors arrive in Whittier via cruise ships, either arriving or departing their Alaska adventure.


Ice is a signature element to Prince William Sound, and many day cruise companies will haul up a piece for inspection (and/or drinks).


Intrigued, yet? Come visit!

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