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View of Haines, Alaska cruise port

Haines (Skagway), Alaska, US

Take an Alaska cruise to Haines and you’ll soon discover why it’s considered the adventure capital of the state. It’s as if time has stopped in Haines. You’ll notice a distinct lack of chain stores and even stoplights, and the taverns and shops have that rustic frontier feel. Despite its chill vibe, there are plenty of things to do in Haines, Alaska. This town of only 1,300 topped Outside magazine’s list of “20 Best Places to Live and Play,” and for good reason. It’s a hotspot for rafting and hiking, salmon-, halibut- and trout-fishing in the Chilkat River or kayaking on Chilkoot Lake—as well as heli-skiing in the winter. A bald eagle festival takes place every November, when thousands of eagles soar into the area to feast on salmon. With numerous galleries and a museum dedicated to the hammer, an Alaska cruise to Haines has much to offer art enthusiasts and quirky travelers.