Haines, Alaska

Haines, Alaska

Haines, Alaska is located in northern Lynn Channel, near Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and has a population of 1,260 people. Haines has the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Another popular attraction is the recreated gold rush town of “Dalton City.” There are also native history performances by the Chilkat Indian Dancers at the Chilkat Center for the Arts.

 Fort William H. Seward is a National Historic Site and is situated on a hill above the dock. Many of the buildings are former barracks and officers’ quarters. In the center of the parade grounds is a replica of a Tlingit tribal house. The former fort hospital is now the Alaska Indian Arts Cultural Center.

The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center houses a collection of Haines memorabilia including Tlingit artifacts, gold rush-era objects and military items.

The quirky Hammer Museum features 1,500 tools from all over the world including an 800 year old Tlingit hammer.

The American Bald Eagle Foundation Natural History Museum features a huge diorama depicts more than 150 bald eagles. There are also stuffed specimens including bears in the educational displays.

The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a 48,000-acre park located along the Chilkat River. The best viewing sights are on the Haines Highway between miles 19 and 26.

Guided bike tours and bicycle hire is available near the dock area.

The Valley of the Eagles Golf Links & Driving Range is located about 2 miles from downtown. The turf is artificial. The scenery includes salmon and trout streams running through the course and moose and bears are occasionally spotted. Rental clubs are available and reservations are recommended.

The disabled cruiser visiting Haines

Where You’re Docked

Thanks to a newly expanded dock, you no longer have to tender from big ships into Haines. Small ships dock at the nearby Native American-owned ferry terminal, which also has a small souvenir shop. Both docks are within walking distance of most of the town’s main attractions.

Cruise ships dock at Port Chilkoot, located directly in front of historical Fort William H. Seward, less than a half mile from downtown Haines.

The Visitor Center will be open to provide literature and information about the area.

Tour operators are on the shore-side end of the pier. A shuttle service is also available into town and through the Fort Seward area.

Taxis are available but may be limited in number.

Good to Know

Enjoy the small town atmosphere of Haines, including the weird hammer museum. Take the free shuttle and roam around town, talking to the local people will be the best part of the stop.

Getting Around

You can walk pretty much everywhere in town, but if you want to go see the eagles you can rent a car from Eagles Nest Car Rental. Taxi service is available from Haines Shuttle and Tours. Since supplies of taxis are limited you’re best off reserving in advance.

Currency 

The official currency is the U.S. dollar. 

Language

The official language is English.

Shopping

Popular buys include freshly smoked Alaska salmon and halibut, art, jewelry and local crafts, wood carvings, gold items and fabrics.

Seafood is the centerpiece of Alaskan cuisine and is often served as smoked salmon, cured salmon and salmon jerky. Many large game animals such as moose, caribou or elk are eaten outside of the main cities. Reindeer sausage and Alaskan King Crabs are also widely available.

Points of Interest

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Haines Accessible Excursions

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Haines Accessible Guided Tour

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