Inside Passage - Haines, Skagway, Sitka, and Glacier Bay, AK

Haines, Alaska

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Haines, along the Inside Passage on the northern end of North America’s largest fjord, Lynn Canal, is on a narrow peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat inlets. John Muir first visited Haines in 1879, and in 1903 the U.S. Army selected Haines for its first permanent outpost in the Alaskan Territory. The city is known for its scenic setting and for its fall gathering of bald eagles. Another plus: In fall, winter, and spring, the northern lights, the aurora borealis, are visible from Haines. The average July temperature hovers around 66 degrees Fahrenheit; the average January temperature is 17 degrees but can go as low as –15 degrees. Dress appropriately. Remember that in fall and winter daylight is limited. While mid-October has about ten hours of daylight, mid- November has about seven and a half hours, and by December there are only six hours of daylight, with sunrise about 10:00 A.M. and sunset as early as 2:30 P.M. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

Inside Passage - Haines, Skagway, Sitka, & Glacier Bay, AK Professional Review and Guide

"Haines, along the Inside Passage on the northern end of North America’s largest fjord, Lynn Canal, is on a narrow peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat inlets. John Muir first visited Haines in 1879, and in 1903 the U.S. Army selected Haines for its first permanent outpost in the Alaskan Territory. The city is known for its scenic setting and for its fall gathering of bald eagles. Another plus: In fall, winter, and spring, the northern lights, the aurora borealis, are visible from Haines.

The average July temperature hovers around 66 degrees Fahrenheit; the average January temperature is 17 degrees but can go as low as –15 degrees. Dress appropriately. Remember that in fall and winter daylight is limited. While mid-October has about ten hours of daylight, mid- November has about seven and a half hours, and by December there are only six hours of daylight, with sunrise about 10:00 A.M. and sunset as early as 2:30 P.M. This eTrail is one complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Haines
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Inside Passage - Haines, Skagway, Sitka, & Glacier Bay, AK

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