Until the early 1970s, Fort Seward and downtown Haines were separate cities, with not much in between. This route allows riders to much of what the town has to offer in an afternoon, capped with drinks at a craft distillery and brewery.
Start at the cruise ship dock, heading west on Old Haines Highway, or parallel it on Main Street, with possible stops at Fort Seward, Port Chilkoot Distillery, Tlingit Park, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Sheldon Museum, Hammer Museum, Haines Public Library, Haines Brewing Company and Southeast Alaska State Fair fairgrounds. At the fairgrounds’ Dalton City, visit craftsmen making backcountry skis using local birch trees or dine at a restaurant in a building from the movie set of Disney’s “White Fang,” filmed here in 1991. Visitors to Haines’ summer festivals inhabit this orbit of green spaces, waterfront, restaurants and watering holes. A bicycle helps see them all in one day, plus get some exercise.