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Haines Day Tours & Attractions

Haines is one of the most beautiful places in Southeast Alaska. The combination of giant mountains jutting straight out of the sea, and the wide Chilkat River valley cutting through a dramatic landscape are inspirational. It’s also a place full of friendly, quirky locals passionate about their home, which contributes to the small-town feel. Some visitors even become residents! One old-timer said it best: “It’s the beauty that brings you to Haines, but it’s the people that keep bringing you back.”

Bicycle Tours View All

Cycle on Trails & Roads • Single- and Multi-Day Trips

Season: May 01 to Oct 01 $89+ 3 - 8 hrs

Some peo­ple love the view of Alas­ka from the side of a ship, or from above in a bush plane. But this cycle shop and tour oper­a­tor based in Haines and Skag­way proves that there’s noth­ing quite like the view of Alas­ka from atop two wheels, as you glide through the gor­geous­ly unique scenery. Its day trips are a fab­u­lous way for inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers and cruise pas­sen­gers to take a detour on their voy­age, enjoy­ing a dif­fer­ent pace and per­spec­tive on  ...more

$899+ 3 - 12 days

Sock­eye Cycle offers fab­u­lous­ly in-depth trips that stretch across the state, and even into Cana­da, and last any­where from 3 to 12 days. Cycling around Alas­ka is spe­cial in a few ways. The roads can some­times be quirky, and some­times a lit­tle more rugged than a fresh­ly paved road some­where else. But on the oth­er hand, you‘ll like­ly get the road to your­self, so you can relax and spend more time enjoy­ing the scenery. These mul­ti-day trips offer a  ...more

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Photography Tours View All

Capture Wildlife & Scenery • Flexible Tours

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Zipline Tours View All

Rock Climbing, Rappelling & Ziplining • Ferry to Skagway

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Sea Kayaking Tours View All

Easy lake paddles • Sea Kayaking in the Lynn Canal

$114+ 4 hrs - 8 days

Guid­ed sea kayak­ing in Alaska’s South­east opens up the mag­i­cal world of water-based tour­ing. Glide through a marine envi­ron­ment with gor­geous views in every direc­tion, and many oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy sched­ules and mul­ti-day immer­sions, all under the expert guid­ance of nat­u­ral­ists who help you under­stand the com­plex work­ings of a unique and amazing  ...more

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Water Taxis View All

Transportation between Haines & Skagway via the Fast Ferry

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $74 Round Trip 45 mins one-way

Oper­at­ing from May to Sep­tem­ber, this pri­vate fer­ry ser­vice is the eas­i­est and fastest way to trav­el between Haines and Skag­way. The 45-minute ride pass­es through Taiya Inlet, a steep-walled rocky fjord just out­side of Skag­way, and then opens up to the Lynn Canal near Haines. As you ride, look for seals and sea lions, as well as hump­back, minke, and orca whales. Don’t for­get to look up from the water from time to time to check out the  ...more

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Sailing & Private Yacht Charters View All

Custom Itineraries • Departs from Sitka & Juneau

Season: Year Round
3 to 10 Day + | $2600+ / Person
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: S/V Arcturus

This South­east Alas­ka-based tour oper­a­tor will leave you with a new def­i­n­i­tion of what it means to have a once-in-a-life­time Alas­ka cruise: You sail on an inti­mate ves­sel — often get­ting to steer your­self, under the super­vi­sion of an expe­ri­enced licensed cap­tain — while explor­ing away from the crowds, and get­ting a won­der­ful­ly up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sail­ings from Juneau and Sitka. 

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Museums & Cultural Centers View All

Dis­cov­er Haines! The Shel­don Muse­um is the muse­um of the Chilkat Val­ley. Expe­ri­ence the art and cul­ture of the Tlin­git peo­ple. Re-live pio­neer days, explore the gold rush, the Dal­ton Trail and life at Fort William H. Seward. The muse­um store has a large selec­tion of local and Alaskan books and art. Accred­it­ed by the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Muse­ums. Hours Sum­mer Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm Sat-Sun: 1pm-4pm Extended…  ...more

A col­lec­tion of approx­i­mate­ly 1400 types of ham­mers, rep­re­sent­ing many dif­fer­ent trades and uses, housed in a cot­tage-style house. The Ham­mer Muse­um pro­vides a jour­ney into the past through the use of man’s first tool. From ancient times to the present, the ham­mer tells the sto­ry of man’s progress and inge­nu­ity. A unique adven­ture for the whole family. 

Open­ing May 2016! The new­ly con­struct­ed Jilka­at Kwan Cul­tur­al Cen­ter is the newest attrac­tion in the Chilkat Val­ley. The facil­i­ty is locat­ed 22 miles up the Haines High­way in the Chilkat Indi­an Vil­lage of Kluk­wan. In his­toric times, Kluk­wan was a thriv­ing and pros­per­ous vil­lage, due to the abun­dant salmon and smelt runs. Its vil­lagers, who con­trolled the trade routes to the inte­ri­or of Alas­ka and Cana­da, grew wealthy and com­mis­sioned fine works  ...more

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Wildlife Parks View All

The Amer­i­can Bald Eagle Foun­da­tion and Live Rap­tor Cen­ter is a non-prof­it edu­ca­tion cen­ter locat­ed near the post office, a few blocks from down­town Haines. And in the sum­mer, the cen­ter hosts live rap­tor pro­grams fea­tur­ing bald eagles, owls, hawks, and oth­er birds of prey. The muse­um has an enor­mous room filled with real­is­tic taxi­dermy dis­plays of a wide vari­ety of Alaskan crit­ters. You’ll also find a vari­ety of habi­tats and species  ...more

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Historic Parks & Sites View All

Just a 10-minute walk from down­town along the water­front, this fort was built by the U.S. Army start­ing in 1902, then pur­chased by Army vet­er­ans in 1947. The for­mer hos­pi­tal build­ing has been trans­formed into Alas­ka Indi­an Arts, where totem poles, masks, and jew­el­ry are cre­at­ed in the Tlin­git style. 

Char­lie Anway, one of the town’s ear­ly pio­neers who home­stead­ed the prop­er­ty, built the cab­in in 1903. Anway had a knack for gar­den­ing and even­tu­al­ly devel­oped the famous Anway straw­ber­ry — a berry so large and juicy that Haines became known as the Straw­ber­ry Cap­i­tal of Alas­ka. In 2003, the prop­er­ty was donat­ed to the Chilkat Val­ley His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety; plans are in the works to restore the cab­in and open it to visitors. 

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Fairs & Festivals View All

You prob­a­bly call them snow­mo­biles,” but Alaskans call them snow­ma­chines.” The Alcan 200 is billed as the fastest snow­ma­chine race on earth.” Machines have been clocked over 110 miles per hour as they zoom along the 154-mile course, from the Cana­di­an Bor­der to Dezadeash Lake, Yukon Ter­ri­to­ry. Por­tions of the Haines High­way are closed dur­ing the race, and plen­ty of par­ty­ing takes place in town before and after this Jan­u­ary event. 

The Klu­ane Chilkat Bike Relay takes place in June, right around the longest day of the year (the sum­mer sol­stice). The 8‑leg relay starts in Haines Junc­tion, Yukon, and ends in Ft. Seward in Haines, a dis­tance of 150 miles. It attracts a wide range of enthu­si­asts, from seri­ous bike rac­ers to local teams sim­ply out to have a good time. 

The annu­al Alas­ka Bald Eagle Fes­ti­val takes place in Haines dur­ing the sec­ond week of Novem­ber at the peak of the largest con­gre­ga­tion of eagles in the world. Drawn by a late run of chum and coho salmon, some 2,000 to 4,000 eagles con­verge on the Chilkat Riv­er Valley.

A rel­a­tive­ly new event, the Cel­e­bra­tion of Bears takes place in August, a time when the pink salmon run is peak­ing and bear view­ing along the Chilkoot Riv­er is most reli­able. Host­ed by the Alas­ka Chilkoot Bear Foun­da­tion, the free, two-day fes­ti­val pro­motes bear education. 

The Haines Beer­fest,” as its known by locals, is very pop­u­lar, and tick­ets sell out weeks in advance. It kicks off with a gourmet din­ner, paired with beer tast­ings. The fol­low­ing day, the crowd descends on the South­east Alas­ka State Fair­grounds, where craft beer and home­brew sam­ples abound. 

This part of the state cen­ters around fish­ing, so it’s no sur­prise to find a twist on the tra­di­tion­al rodeo: the fishermen’s rodeo! And that’s just the begin­ning: the fair also hosts live­stock and agri­cul­tur­al exhibits, arts & crafts (includ­ing beau­ti­ful quilts), bands, a fid­dle con­test, a parade, and a children’s car­ni­val. And to eat? Fresh king salmon, of course. 

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Plays & Performances View All

The Chilkat Cen­ter for the Arts is the cre­ative hub of Haines. The facil­i­ty fea­tures a 300-seat audi­to­ri­um that has host­ed every­thing from local children’s plays to a stripped-down ver­sion of the Moscow Sym­pho­ny. There’s a dance stu­dio where locals get togeth­er to prac­tice activ­i­ties like yoga, jujit­su, and bal­let. The cen­ter is also the home of local pub­lic radio sta­tion KHNS, which serves Haines and near­by Skagway. 

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