The small port town of Haines is situated in the on the banks of the Alaska’s longest fjord, the Lynn Canal, in the south eastern region of the state. The town is a tranquil destination surrounded by breath-taking and beautiful scenery in the form of glacier-covered mountains, majestic rivers, lush forests and fascinating wildlife. The area is famous for attracting groups of rare bald eagles amongst other stunning birds that can be observed in the trees and in the sky. The small population of Haines takes pride in their amazing natural landscape and much work is done to preserve the local environment of impressive flora and fauna. The small peaceful town of Haines combined with the dramatic backdrop of the surrounding mountains and forests generates a unique and captivating ambience that will live long in the memory of visitors to the region.
Sightseeing in Haines
Haines’ main attraction is the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape that can be observed from anywhere in the town, stretching off into the distance for miles and miles. To truly appreciate the stunning scenery of Alaska, visitors can arrange to take a flying tour of the area with the Mountain Flying Service, to see the region from a unique perspective. Several fantastic walking trails through the local woods and across the nearby beaches and mountains are also available.
Fort William H. Seward
Fort William H. Seward was built on the grounds of the original Haines Mission and was the first US army fort in Alaska, constructed during the gold rush era at the beginning of the 20th century. Many of the fort’s rooms and buildings have now been taken over by local lodges, restaurant and galleries, including the fort’s hospital which is now the Alaska Indian Arts Centre. A detailed map of the fort is available from the local visitors centre.
Kroschel Wildlife Centre
This exceptional wildlife centre offers guided tours and chances for visitors to get close to and photograph many fascinating species of Alaskan wildlife. On over 600 yards of trail, guests will be able to view animals including wolverines, snowy owls, grizzly bears, wolves, moose, reindeer, porcupines and lynx.
The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Centre celebrates the history and culture of the native Tlingit people. Elsewhere, the American Bald Eagle Foundation houses a Natural History Museum with wonderful displays, alongside a Live Raptor Centre, where guests can view live bird shows featuring astounding avian species.
Shopping in Haines
A range of speciality shops and grocery stores can be found in the small port town of Haines offering a range of gifts and souvenirs, including authentic local arts and crafts, as well as a variety of general amenities. Visitors will also find several establishments at which they can rent or buy hiking gear and other sports equipment.
Eating Out in Haines
In the summer months, a variety of culinary options are available in restaurants across the town, including everything from fresh seafood, pizzas and a range of international cuisine. However, visitors should also be aware that many of the local eateries close during the cold winter.