A Stroll through Historic Haines

  • Port

    Haines, Alaska, US

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD

    Price between $0-$50
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 2 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Stretch your legs while you learn about the history, Native culture and present-day lifestyle of the residents of Haines -- an isolated Alaskan town. Your local guide will show you the highlights of historic Fort William H. Seward, founded in the early 20th century to anchor America's border claims during the turbulent Gold Rush era. Sights include the old barracks buildings, the parade grounds, Soap Suds Alley and Officers Row. These buildings overlook the nine-acre parade grounds, Lynn Canal and the Chilkoot Mountains. The area features a number of outdoor art installations, restaurants and shops, and your guide will bring you up to date on the happenings in Haines and 'the Fort'.

Continue along the back trails to downtown Haines, where you will visit the Hammer Museum. Meet the curator and find out why small, remote Haines is the home of this quirky museum dedicated to man's earliest tool. The museum spans history from the Egyptian pyramids to the Space Age. There is something for everyone and you're likely to leave with a smile on your face.

Stop at the Haines Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, which features two galleries of exhibits covering the native and non-native settlement of Haines and the Chilkat Valley area. A temporary display of local artwork is also of interest. Exhibits cover local Tlingit's exquisitely woven and highly-prized Chilkat blankets, finely detailed spruce-root basketry, and intricate beadwork. Early European exhibits cover the salmon cannery period and the Gold Rush, including the Dalton Trail to the Klondike Gold Fields and the Porcupine Gold Rush.

Return to the ship on your own at your leisure.

Notes:

The tour moves at a moderate pace. Total walking distance is approximately one mile. Wear comfortable walking shoes.