The Inn At Whittier in Alaska overlooks where the mouth of the harbor lets into Prince William Sound. Guests at this three-story, timber-framed lodge pales enjoy views of the water and the mountains beyond, visible from guest rooms and picture windows throughout the property.
Catch of the day: Locally caught fish fill the dinner menu, including mousseline-encrusted snapper and fresh halibut
Soak it up: Luxurious junior suites feature views of the ocean and Jacuzzi tubs
Bring a book: The lobby has a grand fireplace and comfy furniture for a relaxing read
Alaskan adventure: Guests can set up activities for all seasons, from glacier viewing and kayaking in the summer, to deer hunting and wildlife viewing in the fall.
Whitter, Alaska: Hunting, Kayaking, and Fishing along Prince William Sound
The small town of Whittier is just an hour's drive from Anchorage, but getting back and forth between the two does not entail your typical commute. Whittier can only be reached by way of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, which burrows through Maynard Mountain. At more than two miles long, it's North America's longest dual-use tunnel. Dual-use means it supports a train—the Alaska Railroad—as well as a single lane of traffic at any given time. For precise tunnel information, visit the Alaska DOT website.
Once you pass through the tunnel, you'll see the picturesque town, overlooking an inlet of the Prince William Sound. The town's harbor ensures there's fresh fish for every meal. In summer, you can tour the sound on a glacier and wildlife cruise, or a sea-kayaking expedition. In early summer fishing and hunting season gears up, with sportsmen arriving to fish for salmon and trout and hunt bear and deer. Winter also brings plenty of excitement: jump on a snowmobile and cruise the country with a pair of cross-country skis on your back, or test the waters in a suped-up scuba suit.