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Skagway, Haines & Juneau


Skagway retains the magic of the gold rush era and has rich and colourful history that is readily apparent in its historic false-front shops, restored buildings and turn-of-the-century style.

Skagway retains the magic of the gold rush era and has rich and colourful history that is readily apparent in its historic false-front shops, restored buildings and turn-of-the-century style.

Stroll along Broadway Avenue where historic buildings and locals in period costumes transport visitors back in time. National Park Service rangers lead a free, 45-minute walking tour of Skagway’s historic district five times a day, stopping at buildings like the first cabin built in town, the Mascot Saloon Museum and the Red Onion Saloon, one of Skagway’s most popular watering holes with a provocative and colorful past.

For the adventurous, Skagway has an excellent trail system that begins just blocks from the downtown area and allows hikers to trek to alpine lakes, waterfalls, even the graves of Skagway’s most notorious residents, Soapy Smith and Frank Reid.

The historic White Pass & Yukon Route railroad provides tours to the top of the mountain pass north of town. Seated in parlour cars, passengers ride up the most spectacular part of the trip viewing scenery such as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. At the top they see the White Pass at 2,885 feet, which is also the international boundary between the United States and Canada.


Just 40 miles from the US/Canadian border, located on the shores of the northern Lynn Canal, the deepest and longest fjord in North America, Haines offers fascinating history, intriguing culture, breathtaking scenery and adventure to last a lifetime, Haines Alaska is like no other destination.

The truly majestic scenery of Haines comes from the glacier terrain that formed the area many years ago. Haines is surrounded by mountains and water. Rising high above the town are the Takinsha Mountains and Chilkat Range to the south, Takshanuk Mountains to the north and Coast Mountains to the east across the Lynn Canal.

Take a tour around the town and see the the various colourful totem poles painted by the local native artists. Stroll by the harbour full of fishing boats, shop in some of the local stores and have a drink in many of the local watering holes.

In the summer take part in spectacular hikes, rafting journeys on the Chilkat River, kayaking adventures on Chilkoot Lake, exhilarating jet boat rides, guided nature walks and many more activities. Plus, don’t forget about fishing for Alaska’s Pacific salmon. Haines is home to both black and brown bears. The Chilkoot River flows from Chilkoot Lake into Lutak Inlet and is one of the most easily reached bear viewing spots in Southeast Alaska from mid-June to October. Moose are another highlight for wildlife viewing in the Haines area. Moose can be seen anywhere in the valley, sometimes even in downtown!

In November, Haines hosts the annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival. Starting in September through early December Haines welcomes over 3,500 Bald Eagles to the beautiful Chilkat River Valley. Spectators from around the world come to partake in this fascinating migratory event. Cross country skiing, snow machining, snow-shoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, and hunting are only some of the many things to do during the winter months. You may even catch a glimpse of the northern lights! For the true adventurer, Haines is world-renowned for its Heli-skiing. Haines is Alaska’s deep, steep, spine-covered snow heaven. The lines are among the most famous—and most desired—in the world. Steep, gnarly lines (many over 5,000 vertical feet) and scenic powder runs will keep your hearts racing and will give you the experience of a lifetime.


Downtown Juneau sits snugly between Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts, and Gastineau Channel, and is a maze of narrow streets running past a mix of new structures, old storefronts, and quaint houses featuring early 19th-century architecture from the town’s early gold mining days. The waterfront bustles with cruise ships, fishing boats, and floatplanes zipping in and out.

Whale watching tours are a popular way to see the diverse marine life in the area including Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, orcas, and humpback whales – which return to the area each summer to feed on krill and herring. Juneau has about 60 humpbacks that frequent the area and are so commonly viewed that many tour operators offer a guaranteed sighting. 

Just a short drive from downtown, one of the city’s most iconic sites awaits Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier sits within the Tongass National Forest – the largest national forest in the United States. The river of ice flows 12 miles from its source, the Juneau Icefield, and has a 1.5-mile-wide face.

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