Welcome to Haines
Heading north of Juneau on the state ferry takes you up Lynn Canal, North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Along the way, Eldred Rock Lighthouse stands as a picturesque sentinel, waterfalls pour down off the Chilkoot Range to the east, and the Davidson and Rainbow Glaciers draw ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as they snake down out of the jagged Chilkat Mountains to the west. You end up in Haines, a scenic departure point for... Read More
Top experiences in Haines
Eagle Preserve Float Trip in Haines
Your float trip begins in the picturesque town of Haines, Alaska. Your personal guide will meet you at the location of your choice and accompany you for the 45-minute drive to the raft launch. After being outfitted with river boots and life jackets, you'll begin your guided float trip through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the densest concentration of bald eagles on the planet. Enjoy 1.5 hours of gentle floating along the water, with opportunities to stop and photograph wildlife. Sit back and relax as your guide rows the raft and shares the natural and cultural history of the area. Treat yourself to a tasty snack of locally caught smoked salmon and hot drinks before the 20-minute return trip to Haines.
Chilkoot Lake Kayak Tour - Skagway Departure
The trip begins with a 45-minute catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords, which connect Skagway to Haines. Arrive in Haines and enjoy a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all–important Tlingit cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We’ll keep an eye out for wildlife; bald eagles, brown bear, and migratory birds are often seen here. Once at the lake, take in the scenery and board your sea kayak. Sea kayaking is easy to learn and your expert guide will show you the basics of paddling. Outfitted with the proper gear, you’ll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the lake. This pristine lake is uncrowded, and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off of the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests crowd the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Pause at the base of one of these waterfalls where your guide will reveal the secret workings of the rainforest. Beginning in July, sockeye salmon spawn in one of the clear streams that feed into the lake. Eagle and bear are often attracted to this spot, and you’ll be able to view all the activity from your kayak. Paddle back to shore and enjoy a snack before driving back to Haines. Once back in Haines, enjoy a guided driving tour of downtown Haines and historic Fort William H. Seward. Board the high-speed catamaran for your journey back to Skagway. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure
The trip begins with a 45-minute catamaran ride along the steep-walled fjords, which connect Skagway to Haines. Upon arrival in Haines, you will meet your expert guide and enjoy a riverside drive along the Haines Highway. The drive is incredibly scenic: glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, green riverside channels provide habitat for moose, bear and trumpeter swans. The highway was declared a National Scenic Byway in 2009. Arrive at the river in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, approximately 45 minutes away. Don your life jackets, listen to your guide’s safety talk, board the raft and leave the road and civilization behind. You are immersed in the Alaskan wilderness, floating the silent river channels. In the summer months, a healthy resident population of bald eagles lives along the river. Your expert guide will push the raft along, explaining the intricate balance of nature that makes this a unique and special place. You do not have to paddle; your hands are free for your camera and binoculars. Keep an eye out for other wildlife besides bald eagles. ……moose, otters, brown and black bear, and even wolves, call this Preserve their home. You will spend approximately one and one half hours floating the river. After rafting, your guide will select a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to Haines and/or back to your ship in Skagway.
Jet Boat Adventure and Haines Highlights - Skagway Departure
Where the road ends, your adventure begins! Experience the true wilderness that Alaska is famous for on our narrated river tour in the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which explores miles of tributaries of the stunning glacially carved, braided Chilkat River system. Your tour starts with a glacial fjord ferry ride to the town of Haines, known as the adventure capital of Alaska. Meet your guide and embark on a short tour of this quaint town with a stop at “Picture Point” for your memorable photo of Historic Fort William H. Seward with the Chilkat Mountains in the backdrop. Then it is off to the adventure part of your tour as your guide drives you up the Haines Scenic Byway to the private property of River Adventures. This is where you prepare for your jet boat tour and your journey through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The boat is powered by very quiet four stroke outboard jet motors, and is uncovered for the best wildlife, scenery, and photography opportunities. Moose are often the highlight of the tour along with bald eagles with their massive nests that are dotted along the river banks. If you encounter a moose, bear or any other wildlife, your captain can stop the boat so you can get your Alaska photo of a lifetime!This excursion offers everything in a small group setting of up to 24 guests maximum. Warm and friendly staff provide customer service at the highest level. Extra outerwear to stay warm and dry is provided as well as lunch in a covered, heated pavilion with modern facilities. So bring a smile and you will leave with memories, photos, and a greater appreciation for the Alaskan wilderness and the people who call it their home!
Valley of the Eagles Golf Adventure
Your adventure begins with a high-speed catamaran ride from Skagway to Haines. This catamaran is one of the fastest ferries in the country and takes you along the longest and deepest Fjord in North America. During the 45-minute ferry ride, your guide will describe the area’s natural history, geology, and native culture.Once in Haines, you will be treated to a fascinating town tour including Fort Seward and the parade grounds. Fort Seward is a national historic landmark built in 1908 and is one of the first U.S. Army posts in Alaska. The Fort’s interesting history and architecture are cornerstones to Haines’ unique flair!After visiting the fort, you will be transported to the golf course and outfitted with all of your equipment including clubs, pull-cart, balls, and shoes or overboots.The next 2.5 hours will be spent enjoying the professionally and ecologically designed par 36, 9-hole course. The fun and interesting course layout meanders through the beautiful and wild Alaska landscape. Abundant wildlife compliments the amazing mountain scenery with occasional sightings of spawning salmon, bald eagles, moose, waterfowl, mink, otters, wolves, and songbirds. The course’s eco-friendly design enhances the salmon streams, maintains the wetlands, and contains all native vegetation. Spotting scopes are placed at multiple viewing stations throughout the course to maximize your opportunity to get up and close with the wildlife and the spectacular mountain and river views.After your game, enjoy a delicious smoked salmon snack before being transported back to the fast ferry and on to Skagway.
Haines Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Lake Kayak Tour
After port pickup in Haines, start your shore excursion with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. With significant Tlingit cultural sites, a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, and a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the park is also abundant with wildlife; keep an eye out for bald eagles, brown bears, and migratory birds often seen here. Arriving at the lake, take in the scenery and board your double sea kayak. Your guide will show you the basics of paddling and, outfitted with the proper gear, you’ll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the uncrowded lake. Massive waterfalls spill off of the glaciated peaks and cliffs surrounding the lake, and lush green forests border the shoreline. Pause at the base of a waterfall where your guide will reveal the secret workings of the rain forest. Beginning in July, sockeye salmon spawn in one of the clear streams that feed into the lake. After you paddle back to shore, lunch is provided. Your guide will drive you back to Haines, and if time permits, give a guided driving tour of downtown and historic Fort William H. Seward. Return to your ship filled with memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.