The Head of the Bay
One of Whittier’s true gems is hidden in plain sight. The Head of the Bay is literally that: Where the shimmering waters of Prince William Sound meet the shores of this charming town—and it’s a beautiful spot to visit.
A short, slightly bumpy gravel road takes you right down to the beach. But don’t expect sand—instead, you’ll get a more typical Alaskan beach of flattened rocks. Take a walk out over them and look for driftwood.
Gaze out onto the waters, backdropped by nearby peaks that seem to erupt straight out of the water. Waterfalls cascade down some of them, others are capped with snow. Bring binoculars and you may spot bears and mountain goats on the mountains off to the left. You’ll even have a view of downtown Whitter, the harbor, and the cruise ship terminal.
Come with a picnic and take it all in as you relax. You’ll also find a metal fire ring, perfect for a summer evening bonfire, or when the weather is cool in spring and fall. At low tide, you’ll have a chance to go tidepooling. And if time is tight or you’re waiting for the Whittier tunnel to open up, Head of the Bay makes for a great quick stop to soak in the stunning view.
After you pass through Whittier Tunnel, you’ll see the Whittier town sign on the right, along with a kiosk with information and public restrooms. Take the next left. The road soon turns gravel as you head toward the water. Park at the end of the road, just in front of the beach. Come with a picnic and take it all in as you relax. You’ll also find a metal fire ring, perfect for a summer evening bonfire. Want to camp there? It’s more popular with those driving RVs or campervans than tent campers (though there are no RV hookups). Pay at the harbormaster’s office.