Alaska February 25, 2017
There’s A Tiny Town In Alaska Completely Surrounded By Breathtaking Natural Beauty
Known as the
adventure capital of Alaska, the tiny town of Haines is a sweet little hidden gem that packs an awfully fascinating amount of punch. With its location on the northern part of the Alaska Panhandle, the raw and rugged natural beauty in the area is absolutely renowned. Massive mountain peaks that give way to larger-than-life glacial landmasses are just the tip of the adventuresome iceberg. The town is also a winter wonderland paradise that attracts adrenaline junkies from all around the world. Soon enough you’ll see what all the fuss is about, and why countless visitors flock to this special spot all year long.
The beautiful community of Haines is located on the northern section of Alaska's Panhandle in Southeast Alaska.
Completely surrounded by lush natural beauty, the small community of Haines is home to only 2,500 year-round residents but its renowned sights attract visitors from all around the world.
When we say 'surrounded' - we mean totally and completely surrounded.
Mind blowing, huh? Only in Alaska will you find sights this magical.
Popular activities in the area include hiking, road trips, wildlife viewing, natural photography, heli-skiing and much more.
Many access Haines by pulling into Fort William H. Seward from the Chilkoot Inlet.
Also known as the Chilkoot Barracks, what is unique about this spot is that is was Alaska's only military facility between 1925 and 1940.
In fact, it was actually the last of a series of 11 military posts established in Alaska during the notorious gold rush era.
Today Haines is a very popular stop for cruise ship passengers as well as those traveling on the Alaska Marine Highway.
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Unlike many other towns in Southeast Alaska, you can actually drive to Haines via the Haines Highway.
This highway passes through British Columbia on its way to the junction at the Alaska Highway and Haines Junction in the Yukon. While you can drive, wildly harsh winter weather conditions often times make this trek nearly impossible for half of the year.
If you do decide to make the drive, be sure to always keep your eyes peeled for wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitat.
It's their land first, we just get afforded the opportunity to play here.
As you drive through town you'll notice very eclectic signage.
Like this one of a ferocious bear at Bear Den Gifts. But do you see that view in the background? So stunning!
But this quintessential Alaskan town truly does have a lot to offer.
Not only are you completely surrounded by natural beauty at every twist and turn, but the local cultural heritage is abundantly charming.
The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center is a great place to see 19th Century artifacts, books, photographs, slides and so much more.
Or for a slightly more odd and interesting experience, consider visiting the local Hammer Museum.
Known as the world’s first museum dedicated to preserving the history of the world’s first tool, the hammer.
If hanging out in the town isn't really your thing, you'll be stoked to find out that there is so much you can do in the great outdoors.
Wildlife viewing animals like grizzly bears, moose and bald eagles is very popular in Haines.
But remember to be cautious and stay vigilant. Animals are often times roaming with their young nearby, which can cause them to get very protective.
Always try to keep a safe distance and don't do anything outlandish to try and get the attention of a wild animal.
Rafting in the Chilkat River and kayaking in the inlet is a great way to see brilliant natural wonders off the beaten path.
Hiking places like the Seduction Point Trail in Haines will lead you to breathtaking glaciers and endless views surrounding the Davidson Glacier.
Hiking in the Takshanuk Mountains, Mount Ripinski specifically, is also very popular in Haines.
Flight-seeing tours in Haines are a great way to see the vast array of beauty that the surrounding areas have to offer.
Of if you're more of a daring adventure seeker, try paragliding to soak in all those gorgeous surrounding sights in Haines.
But Haines is so much more than just a seasonal destination. It gets a LOT of snow and it totally transforms into a winter wonderland during the off-season.
Perhaps the most popular winter attraction in Haines is Heli-Skiing with Total Heliski.
These life-changing adventures for the adrenaline junkie crowd offer supreme power and panoramic views that will literally blow your mind into another solar system.
Before we sign off, let us remind you that every day spent in Haines is worthy of getting up early to soak in the sunrise and staying up late enough to reward yourself with an epic sunset view.
If the beauty of Haines blew you away as much as it did to us, be sure to also check out these
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