Haines Highway

The adventure is part of getting to Haines, with scenic vistas abound!

Getting to Haines

The journey to Haines, Alaska, is indeed part of the adventure and a unique experience in itself.

  1. Location: Haines is situated at the "tail" of Southeast Alaska, just 45 miles from the U.S.-Canadian border. Its position in this remote and pristine region makes it a captivating and idyllic wedding location.

  2. Inside Passage: The route to Haines takes you through the "Inside Passage," a remarkable waterway known for its breathtaking scenery. This passage is characterized by mountains that seem to rise directly out of the ocean, creating a stunning backdrop for your journey.

  3. Lynn Canal: Haines is located at the northern end of the Lynn Canal, which is not only the longest fjord in North America but also the deepest. As you approach Haines, you'll be surrounded by snow-capped mountains and hanging glaciers, providing a magnificent introduction to the natural beauty of the area.

  4. Wildlife: The journey to Haines is an opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife, from bald eagles and bears to whales and orcas. Keep your camera ready, as you may witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat during your voyage.

  5. Adventure: The unique geography and rugged terrain of this region make the journey to Haines an adventure worth having. Whether you're traveling by sea or land, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas and the sense of being in a remote and pristine wilderness.


Common routes to Haines:
  • By air from Seattle - people commonly fly to Juneau through a major airline, and then take a smaller (regional) airline to Haines
  • By boat from Juneau - Alaska Marine Highway System runs year-round, and Alaska Fjordlines operates over the summer (May-Sept)
  • By boat from Bellingham, WA - about a 2 hour drive north of Seattle, Bellingham is where the Alaska Marine Highway System departs from
  • By road - from Anchorage, Whitehorse (Canada), or even the contiguous United States (aka "lower 48"), you can drive to Haines
  • By cruise ship - many ships stop directly in Haines, or our neighbor community of Skagway. A short 1-hour boat ride away will get you here from Skagway!

Find out more about getting to Haines through any one of the communities listed below. And, of course, if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us! Once in Haines, there are car rentals and taxi services available, as well as bicycle rentals to get around town.

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Getting to Haines through...


Many travelers get to Haines through Juneau International Airport. As Southeast Alaska’s air hub, charter, regional, and major airlines all travel through here. You can also connect to the famed Alaska Marine Highway System in...

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Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Whitehorse is located 250 miles from Haines through one of the most spectacular drives - a large portion of the popular Golden Circle route.

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From Seattle you can get to Haines by flying, driving, taking a cruise, or you can meet up with the Alaska Marine Highway ferry in the port of Bellingham.

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Anchorage is located 755 miles from Haines through a very breathtaking scenic drive. You will want to stop and take it all in while viewing the wildlife along the way.

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Haines map

Cruises To Haines

Cruising is a very popular way to visit Haines. Check out the many brands and sizes of ships that call to Haines and the neighboring community of Skagway.

Plan Your Visit

Visiting Haines will take some planning, but once you get here, you will be happy you did. There are many ways to get here. Find out which one suits you best!