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Whether you arrived by road, ferry or flight to vacation in Alaska make sure to include the scenic journey of the Golden Circle, having your own vehicle or renting a car will fulfill the ultimate road trip between Canada and Alaska and put a stamp in your passport. Noted as one of the most scenic drives is between Haines and Haines Junction, not only for the scenery and hiking but also the wildlife possibilities.
Haines is only a 40 mile drive to the Canadian border, 150 miles to Haines Junction, 250 miles to Whitehorse and 350 miles back into Alaska through Skagway. When driving in and out of Haines you will be driving through the Chilkat Eagle Preserve, 48,000 acres of river bottom land of the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers for eagle habitat. The largest congregation of Bald Eagles is during late fall and early winter, so join us for the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival which is usually mid-November.
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System operates year-round and has a port in Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia and is the only ferry that takes vehicles in Alaska. This is a great opportunity to let someone else share the driving while you enjoy the picturesque surroundings. During May through September there are other ferry operations that help connect traveling between ports but are only passenger vessels.
Southeast Alaska's major airline carrier is Alaska Airlines, Juneau is a primary port for getting you to the road system. Once in Juneau, hop on Alaska Seaplanes for a beautiful 40 minute flight into Haines connecting you to the Golden Circle route . Domestic and International flights travel into Anchorage, Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon, which makes renting an RV an option for expanding your Alaska vacation to include the Golden Circle and beyond.