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
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
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
Photography Tours View All
Capture Wildlife & Scenery • Flexible Tours
Zipline Tours View All
Rock Climbing, Rappelling & Ziplining • Ferry to Skagway
Sea Kayaking Tours View All
Easy lake paddles • Sea Kayaking in the Lynn Canal
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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Transportation between Haines & Skagway via the Fast Ferry
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
Sailing & Private Yacht Charters View All
Custom Itineraries • Departs from Sitka & Juneau
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.