At the northern end of America's longest fjord, Haines shares a border with 20 million acres of protected wilderness. The heart of Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park is less than 25 miles by air from downtown Haines. Alaska's heritage comes alive in the handcrafted artistry of the Tlingit Indians and in the lively performances of the Chilkat Dancers, with their brightly painted tribal masks. Get a glimpse of the town's gold-rush history in local museums. Visit the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve-Haines boasts the world's largest concentration of the magnificent birds, drawn to the area by the salmon-rich waters. You can take a boat trip on Lake Chilkoot or a glacier country flightseeing trip.
While you're in Haines, explore our cultural heritage at Sheldon Museum, and at Alaska Indian Arts in historic Fort Seward, or learn about the area's natural history through taxidermy at the American Bald Eagle Foundation.
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Alaska Indian Arts
Here you will see Native carvers crafting totems, metalsmiths working silver and weavers making blankets. Alaska Indian Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revival of Tlingit art forms.
Fort William Seward
Rising right above the docks, Fort Seward was retired after World War II and refurbished by a group of returning veterans. It isn't your typical fort because of the fact that it has no parapets and no walls; just an open parade ground surrounded by large, wood-frame barracks and officer's quarters, and a replica of a Tlingit tribal house sits in the center of the parade ground.
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