GoNOMAD DESTINATION MINI GUIDE
Incredible wildlife, spectacular mountain scenery, the best weather in southeast Alaska and a local party scene that ranges from manic to mellow, and from quirky to downright bizarre, makes this the perfect edge-of-the-earth getaway. It's also a great place to settle down and start a militia.
WHEN TO GO?
Situated in the rain shadow of the Chilkat Mountains, Haines is
in southeast Alaska's banana belt. The best time to visit is from
May to August, when dry, mild weather prevails. Haines receives less
precipitation than Juneau, but more than Seattle, so be prepared to get
From Juneau, you can catch a short, non-stop flight or ferry to Haines.
If you arrive by plane, your airline will provide shuttle service into
town. Haines is one of only two towns in southeast Alaska accessible by road.
However, you must first reach Haines Junction, 150 miles north, deep in
the Canadian Yukon.
The Southeast Alaska State Fair is Haines' raucous answer to Mardi
Gras, the Running of the Bulls and the Kentucky Derby, all rolled into
one. Entertainment has included a "Supertron Orbitron,"
a superhero zucchini decorating contest, a belly dancing troupe from Juneau,
a "most lovable dog" competition, an a cappella group from LA and a logging
tournament (Sorry, you must have lived in Alaska for at least 30
days to compete in the logging events. Hard-hats are required for
power bucking, ax throwing, obstacle bucking and hook tendering.).
Each fall, the Chilkat Valley hosts the world's largest congregation
of bald eagles. Beginning in October, as many as 3,000 eagles crowd
the banks of the Chilkat River, where they can be seen gorging themselves
on salmon and roosting in cottonwood trees.
Take a hike up Mount Ripinsky, a whitewater rafting trip or a
helicopter ride over Glacier Bay National Park.
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS
This is a special place; treat it with care and the locals will take you in as one of their own.
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