Heading south out of town, you drop over a hill and follow the Chilkat River, which braids its way through a massive valley with glacier-capped peaks as a backdrop. At the mouth of the Chilkat River, stop and check out the aptly named "Pyramid Island," marking where the river meets the sea. Continue on to the Letnikof Cove Cannery—its red buildings will be interesting to both photographers and history buffs. Then you'll come to John and Sharon Svenson's Extreme Dreams Art Studio, a beautiful timber-frame structure on your right. John is a watercolorist, bead worker, and mountaineer; Sharon is a talented weaver who also excels at glass mosaic work, and their shop is filled with their own creations as well as a those from other local artists. Check out the view from their back deck, and try their climbing wall. Turn down the gravel road toward Chilkat State Park—it's bumpy, but the reward is stunning views straight across the Chilkat Inlet to the Rainbow and Davidson Glaciers. The road dead ends here, but there are hiking trails that continue out to Moose Meadows and on to Seduction Point. Bring lunch and take advantage of the picnic tables.
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- Chilkat Peninsula Haines, AK 99827 Driving Directions