Set atop the mainland approximately 70 miles north of Juneau, this community of 2400 is characterized by its place in gold rush history and as the first Army post in Alaska. Haines is the seasonal home to the 4,000 Bald Eagles that flock to take advantage of salmon spawning in the Chilkat River. Each year, Haines hosts numerous annual events including the Southeast Alaska State Fair, the King Salmon Derby, and the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival.
Haines offers several unique properties for overnight guests, including a hotel that originated as the officer’s quarters of historic Fort William H. Seward. Several bed & breakfast accommodations are also available for a memorable stay.
Haines Tours and Attractions
Be sure to visit the Alaskan Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, a must see. The Chilkat Dancers & Storytelling Theater brings Tlingit legends to life while the Sheldon Museum offers a glimpse into Haines’ unique past. The Chilkat State Park lies just seven miles outside of town, a great place to soak in the wilderness and natural beauty. A scenic float trip down the Chilkat River is a memorable experience, and a local charter operations offer Flightseeing over Glacier Bay. For hikers, a trip to the top of 3,510-foot Mount Ripinsky makes for an exciting challenge.
As a port of call, the most frequent mode of transportation to Haines is via boat with cruise lines and regular stops made by the Alaska State Ferry. A local car company provides local sight seeing tours. Three local airlines also serve this location. Haines is one of three communities in the Inside Passage accessible by road. The Haines Highway connects with the Alaska Highway in Haines Junction just 155 miles north.
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