3 Things to See and Do in Whittier Port on Your Alaskan Cruise // Whittier, Alaska

June 29, 2021

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Happy Tuesday friends! If you have been reading the blog recently you know that I have been recapping our Alaskan Road Trip Adventures from 2019. As I have shared, I wanted to do this because I hope that it encourages you to consider taking a road trip of your own this summer to this beautiful part of the world! Today though I wanted to share a post that I hope will be helpful for those that might be cruising this summer as some cruise lines have opened Alaskan cruises back up. If you are interested in reading about Whittier for a road trip then I would check out these two posts: 

Today I wanted to share 3 Things to See and Do in Whittier Port if you are cruising!
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1. Eat a Meal at the Inn at Whittier
We arrived in Whittier in time for lunch and ate at the Inn at Whittier (where we had made reservations). It was such a yummy and delicious lunch and honestly one of my favorite meals of the entire trip! Both Sue and I picked the Salmon Burger which was a Salmon Fillet that was so incredibly fresh -it just melted in your mouth! Emily chose a pasta and said it was equally as yummy. For those who are gluten free like myself, they didn't have a gluten free menu but were very gluten free friendly and it made it easy and safe to eat there so I definitely recommend it!
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Additional Suggestion: 
Ask to sit by the window, or go out to the viewing deck while you are waiting for your food so you can see Whittier! The views were stunning and I was immediately charmed by the town of Whittier.
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2. Walk along the Docks
The sun came out as we started walking around and the colors of the water against the mountains and the sky were absolutely beautiful! The boats seemed to have even more vibrant colors against those blue-green waters of Whittier!
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Additional Suggestion: 
Understand a little bit more about the history of Whittier
As we were walking around we saw this memorial to the earthquake that happened in Whittier in 1964. Also known as the "Good Friday Earthquake", Whittier suffered more than $10 million dollars in damages and sadly lost 13 people when a tsunami wave (43 feet high) hit Whittier. As of 2019, this earthquake still remains the largest earthquake in the United States and even caused tsunamis along the Western Coast of the United States. 
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3. Visit the Alaskan Shops
After we walked around the first part of Whittier by the Inn, we explored the area that had a few shops and food places. You could easily walk to this area too if you wanted to, and see all the boats along the way. (It is also very disability friendly for those that are curious).

We enjoyed walking around the shops, purchasing a few souvenirs and seeing the absolute beauty of this area of Alaska. We spent approximately 4 hours in Whittier and I would say that this was a good amount of time to spend if you are planning a similar visit. Whittier was very relaxed and chill. The people were really friendly and welcoming and really were so interesting to talk to in the different shops and places we visited.
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Additional Suggestion: 
Try some fudge or ice cream! Emily and Sue remarked that this ice cream was some of the best of the whole trip so if you are looking for yummy ice cream definitely check it out here!

Thank you for stopping by and reading about our time in Whittier today! Let me know if y'all have any questions about Whittier!

Want to step forward and plan your trip but not sure how? Check out all of the Alaska Road Trip posts from our trips in 2018 and 2019 which you can find them in the Alaska travel section on my blog by clicking HERE or you can click on the specific links below:

Anchorage: // Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown Video // Beluga Point // 
// Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown// Room 209 Hyatt Place Anchorage-Midtown //
// Anchorage Travel Guide//

Chugach Mountains (Alaska 1-South Drive): // Seward Highway Drive (Turnagain Arm Drive)//
// Along the Matanuska River on Alaska 1-South// A Beautiful Lake Adventure Near Chickaloon//
// A Cloudy & Beautiful Drive on Alaska 1-South//

Chugach Mountains: // Eklutna Lake//

Cooper Landing (Kenai Peninsula): // Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge Nature Hike// 
// Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge //

Denali State Park Area: //Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Pursuit Collection)// Denali Highway Video// 
// One Last Adventure on the Denali Highway// The Denali Highway: Part Two //
// The Denali Highway: Part One// 
//The Drive to Cantwell// Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge //

Girdwood:  // Winner Creek Trail Video// Winner Creek Trail //

Hatcher Pass Area: // Hatcher Pass Video// Hatcher Pass // Little Susitna River //

Homer (Kenai Peninsula) Area: // Homer Video// Homer Spit// Homer Lighthouse// Bishop's Beach//
// A Brief History of Homer //

Kennicott/McCarthy Area: //Root Glacier Hike //Kennicott // Kennicott Glacier // 
// Kennecott vs. Kennicott Spelling // The McCarthy Highway // 
// An Unfortunate Review of the Kennicott Glacier Lodge //

Seward: //Holgate Glacier// Kenai Fjords Whale Watching Tour//
//A Beautiful Morning Walk in Seward/An Evening Walk at Seward Windsong Lodge// 
//Resurrection Roadhouse Restaurant at Seward Windsong Lodge//
//Seward Windsong Lodge/Room 408 at Seward Windsong Lodge//

Seward Highway Area: //Beluga Point// Scenic Seward Highway Drive (Turnagain Arm Drive)//

Talkeetna: //Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge (Pursuit Collection)//

Thompson Pass Area: // Thompson Pass Area Video 
// Worthington Glacier Hike//
//Worthington Glacier//
// Among the Alaskan Fireweed on A4-S: A Beautiful Symbol of Hope in the Hard Seasons of Life //
// A Brief History of & Drive on Alaska 4-South of the Richardson Highway//Klutina River//
// The Beginning Drive to Thompson Pass// 

Whittier: //3 Things to See and Do in Whittier Port on Your Alaskan Cruise /


  1. Hi! I live in Whittier and I'm so glad that you have taken the time to recap our little town! One of the newer things in town is a historical walking tour. It recaps our beginnings as a military town. A print version is available in our city brochure, but you can also access it online via our chamber of commerce (https://www.whittieralaskachamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Whittier-Alaska.pdf). I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and I hope you'll be back someday!

    1. Thanks Andrea! The historical walking tour sounds really incredible! As a history teacher I definitely would have done that had it been available a couple of years ago!! Thank you so much for sharing this great tip and suggestion! I definitely hope to be back again someday! Everyone was so delightful and I really enjoyed the visit and would love to stay longer!
      Warmly, Rebecca :)