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Haines Travel Guide


Haines Introduction


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Haines, Alaska, is situated on a spit of land on the west side of the Lynn Canal along one of the deepest fjords in the Inside Passage. It is one of only three ports in southeast Alaska with access to North American roads. As a result, Haines is a busy place in the summer. Many vacationers (and their vehicles) ride a ferry to Haines and head up the Haines Highway to the Alaska Highway into northwestern Canada and the Alaskan interior. Other visitors arrive by cruise ship. In warm-weather months, the town's population swells considerably.  Click here to see the full Haines travel guide on Travel42 »

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Haines Geography


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The rainy maritime climate of southeast Alaska meets the drier continental climate of interior Alaska and Canada at Haines, resulting in warmer and drier conditions during summer than most southeast Alaska communities. The area sports not only the hemlock and spruce forests of the Alaska's Inside Passage rain forest but also pines, birch, cottonwood and other deciduous trees prevalent in the interior. Wild berries abound, drawing 120 species of birds, foremost among them the American bald eagle. Haines has the world's largest congregation of bald eagles each fall. About 3,500 eagles congregate along the Chilkat River in the Valley of the Eagles.   Click here to see the full Haines travel guide on Travel42 »

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Haines History


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Haines has a lot to offer the history buff. Originally called Deishu (pronounced DAY-shoo), meaning "end of the trail," it was a trading post and ancestral home for both the Chilkoot and Chilkat Tlingit tribes. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was one of the gold-rush gateways to the Klondike. An early entrepreneur, Jack Dalton, used the Tlingit Trail through the coastal mountains to create a toll road and charged miners en route to the Klondike. Part of that trail became the picturesque Haines Highway.   Click here to see the full Haines travel guide on Travel42 »

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Haines Sightseeing & Things to Do


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As you would expect, sightseeing in Haines is heavy on nature and the history of the Native American people who live in the area. The scenery is compelling. The Valley of the Eagles is at the foot of mountains with year-round snow, wedged between two rivers and at the start of a National Scenic Byway.  Click here to see the full Haines travel guide on Travel42 »

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Haines Nightlife


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Haines doesn't have much of a nightlife, particularly by Alaskan standards.  Click here to see the full Haines travel guide on Travel42 »

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Haines Restaurants & Dining


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Haines has an excellent variety of restaurants for a city its size, and many of them are chef-owned. Seafood is the biggest item on most menus, and the locally caught halibut is tasty wherever you get it. Most restaurants are in the downtown area.  Click here to see the full Haines travel guide on Travel42 »

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