Haines is a census-designated site situated in Haines Borough, Alaska, US. It lies in the northern part of Alaska Panhandle, close to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The total area of Haines is 21.5 ml2 (55.8 km2). In 2010 the population of the area was 2,510.
Many tourists visit Haines during the annual appearance of bald eagles in Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve from October through February, when the city boasts the world's largest concentration of bald eagles.
The community and surrounding area is very popular for outdoor recreation. Hiking in Takshanuk Mountains (with Mount Ripinski and other peaks) and rafting in Chilkat River are both popular. Increasing winter recreational opportunities are featured at and around Chilkat Pass - for it Haines serves as a gateway with Haines Highway. Haines has also received attention as a spot for heli-skiing. Davidson Glacier, due to its accessible nature, is another a popular attraction. Chilkoot Lake and Lutak Inlet are easily accessible fishing sites. Lutak Inlet is frequented by seals, sea lions, and orcas.
Fort William H.Seward is a famous, nationally recognized historic site that was declared National Historic Landmark in 1978. A number of officer housing, barracks, and parade grounds are maintained there, today in private ownership. Some of the structures are open to the public as restaurants and businesses. The Fort is within the limits of Haines city, and is referred to as Port Chilkoot, leftover from Port Chilkoot Company, formed after WWII by a group of investors who bought it from the Federal Government.
Haines has several cultural offerings. Alaska Indian Arts features demonstrations by traditional craftsmen. History of the city of Haines and local Tlingit people are featured in Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center. Hammer Museum is dedicated to hammer's history in human society. Tsirku Canning Company Museum gives a glimpse of the historic salmon canneries of Haines.
Haines is the site for Southeast Alaskan State Fair, held each July. Other attractions include a portion of the set from the White Fang film of Walt Disney (1990), filmed in Haines. The surviving set includes small structures that are common to a mining town of a period of Jack London's book of the same name.
Tourists also visit annually on cruise ships. Haines is a port-of-call to several cruise operators, including Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. As of summer 2009, cruise ship visiting frequency is nearly 20 per season. The cruise ship berth is close to Fort William H. Seward.
Highlights: Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Fort William Seward
The Haines cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Haines, Alaska.
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Port Haines cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Haines, Alaska. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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