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Find Small Town Adventure in Haines, Alaska

November 26, 2013 by


Small towns aren’t often associated with adventure, but Haines, Alaska, is like no other destination. This location offers stunning scenery, interesting culture and history, plus plenty of things for the entire family to enjoy year round.

Weather in Haines, Alaska

While Alaska is cooler than the lower 48 states, summer in Haines offers mild temperatures with highs averaging in the low 60s and lows in the high 40s or low 50s. Winters are warmer than most people expect with lows in the 20s and highs around freezing.

Summer Activities

Summer time in Haines is an ideal time for families who enjoy the great outdoors. Guides are available for sea kayaking, hiking (nature walks), rafting, glacier trekking, rock and ice climbing, and more. Plus those who enjoy fishing have the opportunity to fish for Alaska’s Pacific salmon.

The Battery Point Trail offers a 1.2-mile hike along the wooded shoreline that takes you to a pleasant beach and provides access to Mt. Riley Trailhead which offers three hiking trails. Trails merge near the summit with views of Chilkat Peninsula, Davidson Glacier, and the city of Haines.


Things to Do for Winter Visitors

During fall and winter, Haines still offers things to do. For instance, in November Haines hosts the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival. Haines makes a natural choice to host this event as it welcomes more than 3,500 Bald Eagles to the Chilkat River Valley each fall.

People travel from all over the world to take part in this intriguing migratory event.

In January, the ALCAN 200 snow machine race is a perfect event for true adventurers. And for skiers, Haines is known for its Heli-skiing.

Haines is also home to the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush Alaska” reality show, and a visit wouldn’t be complete without making a visit to the remote ghost town of Porcupine and the gold mines there. Here you’ll have the chance to learn the finer points of gold panning as you work your own pan of gold-rich dirt.

Pan for gold.

Pan for gold.


When you’re ready for a little less adventure and the opportunity to kick back and relax a little, Haines also welcomes visitors to challenge their golf skills at one of the most unique golf courses in the world! It’s situated on tidelands that are occasionally covered by high tides except during the summer months.

No matter what your interests, Haines offers things to do to challenge your inner explorer.

Photo credits: Alaskan Dude, HBarrison, jimmiehomeschoolmom

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