Leave the crowds and touristy sites behind as you climb into a catamaran and sail 45 minutes along a steep-walled fjord from Skagway to the friendly town of Haines. This small, remote location is a true artists enclave with the highest percentage of professional artists in the rural USA. As you sail along be sure to keep an eye out for bald eagles, humpback whales and harbor seals while your guide shares historical facts about the Lynn Canal.
Your first stop in Haines will be the Hammer Museum, the first gallery in the world dedicated to the display of man's first tool. With displays spanning from Egyptian pyramids to the Space Age there is something here to delight everyone on this excursion to Haines.
Drive along the Chilkat River, past the historic Letnikof Cannery to Extreme Dreams Art Studio, you can step into the handcrafted timber frame gallery, meet the owners and see various watercolors, woodcut prints, glass and textiles.
From there you will ride over rough terrain to the ocean's edge at Chilkat State Park. During this excursion, relax with a picnic lunch against a picturesque backdrop of snowcapped mountains and the Rainbow Glacier waterfall before your catamaran ride back to Skagway.
Please Note: Your 6.5-hour small tour includes lunch. Guests must be able to walk to the tour sites. No wheelchair access available. Reserve your spot today to see Haines and experience the offbeat side of Alaska.
Reviewer: Allen & Eileen Lucas
This was one of the most enjoyable excursions on our cruise, and the first of more we will plan with Shore Excursions. We were greeted in Skagway by a representative who ensured those with booked tours were on the ferry in good time. When we arrived our tour guide met us and took our small group on a very personal tour. We had great discussions and saw many sights and places one would not be able to with a large group. The guide was flexible and stopped for us to take pictures and introduced us to the Haines Brewing Company where we enjoyed a sample of spruce bud beer. Our tour concluded with a picnic lunch by the bay and some great discussions about Haines. The Hammer Museuem, artist John Swenson and the park and a stop by the Saturday Market where the set from White Fang is, along with the beautiful scenery and information made this exceptional.