The tunnel was first dug through during WWII as part of the military project. For years it was used by train only. To cross the tunnel by car, you drove your car up the train and remained seated in your car while the train took you to the other side and you drove off; a lengthy but unique experience that's no more.In year 2000 the tunnel was...more
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See link below to a Whittier webcam. Any life you happen to see durring the winter will appear as though it's during the night!
We took a 7 day Alaska cruise on the Coral Princess in May of 2004. We had a great time but were not overly impressed with Princess. We had a balcony cabin and the cabin itself was very nice. Our biggest complaint was the main dining room. The service left much to be desired and the food was not all that great. If you ordered herbal tea you got...more
If you are driving to or from Whittier, you will have to cross this tunnel, the largest one that passes through a mountain in North America. You can only cross for 15 minutes every hour, but the crossing is smooth and on time. The entrance towards Whittier is at Portage, on the Seward Highway. Once inside the tunnel, the drive takes about 10...more
There are lots of eagles around Kenai Peninsula. Watch to the sky and you'll probably see at least couple of them.
This great place is in between Girdwood and Portage Glacier & Whittier. So I wasn't for sure what city to put it under...
After leaving the Whittier/Portage Glacier area, you'll drive 20 miles (ish) and then come to where you will take a right onto AK Route 1 North (heading toward Girdwood & Anchorage). The Wildlife Center is on the left JUST AFTER that right hand turn. You'll see a sign. At this point you would be about 47 miles from Girdwood.
This is a non-profit park that takes in orphaned and injured animals. If they can be treated they will be released, but if not they become permanent residents. Some of the residents include: bears, moose, elk, ox, bison, caribou, deer, lynx, eagle, and other birds. You drive through the park and everyone just pulls off wherever in order to see and take photos. There is a fence that seperates you from the animals, but it was big enough to allow you to see clearly and take good pictures (without those fence lines in your photo).
I really enjoyed this place and will always bring family/friends here when they come to visit Alaska.
•Children (4-12) $7.50
•Children (under 4) FREE
•Seniors (65+) $7.50
•Active Military (with ID) $7.50
Many people who live in Alaska get certified before they go on vacation to the warmer regions. The final part of the class is to dive in Whittier, in the winter.. oh cold!
Favorite thing: Whittier was selected by the military because it's sheltered by the steep Passage Canal. Right outside Whittier harbor in the Canal there's a small waterfall. You can't miss it if you arrive/leave by boat or ferry. Around the waterfalls there are always hundreds of kittiwake flying around or resting as shown in photo.