Located just an hour South of Anchorage, Whittier has the longest shared tunnel for rail and road traffic in North America. Whittier also has the closest small boat harbor to Anchorage for fishing enthusiast. Over 700,000 tourists visit each year in attempts to view the impressive variety of indigenous birds, whales and other wildlife, and to take the glacier tours. Commercial fishermen amplify the town’s population of less than 300 residents. The Alaska Rail Road, Whittier Harbor, commercial fishing, recreation and tourism fuel the economy of this sea side village.