Whitehorse is located 250 miles from Haines by road, and it is a spectacular drive. You will want to return to repeat the adventure because you know you missed something. Whitehorse is the capital of the Yukon and has everything a big city does, including multiple flights through different carriers into the Erik Nielsen International Airport. Once in Whitehorse you can choose one of several ways to get to Haines:
- Most often people rent an RV or vehicle in Whitehorse and make the drive to Haines Junction, YT, and then turn south on to Alaska on the Haines Highway, traveling through the Bald Eagle Preserve on their way to Haines.
- For those looking to enjoy the drive without the work, you can book a ride on the locally owned Hinterland Express!
- You could also drive the shorter route south from Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska, where you can book a ticket with the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry for you and your vehicle for the 1-hour ride across the Lynn Canal. If you don't want to take your vehicle but would still like to explore Haines on foot, the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry offers passenger service between these communities during summer months.
- If you prefer the simplicity of just flying, Alaska Seaplanes offers regional flights between Whitehorse and Haines during the summer.
If you're wondering which route is best, we'll always tell you the same thing - there's no wrong way to get to Haines, Alaska!