Skagway, Alaska is the closest neighboring community to Haines. While it is only 15 miles by air or water, it is 350 miles by road. Nestled at the northernmost reaches of the Inside Passage, the streets are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as they did over 100 years ago. Skagway’s history and spectacular natural setting create unparalleled sightseeing and recreation opportunities. Poke around on your own, or select from a variety of commercial tours. Either way, you will be amply rewarded with the sights and activities in and around the area.
Filled with outstanding dining options, abundant shopping, exceptional entertainment, and three very fine museums, make sure to take it all in. Many artists have made Skagway home with their work showcased in many of the downtown shops. Look for the ‘Made in Skagway’ logo for products that are crafted locally.
You can make the short 1-hour (one way) trip between communities via boat with Alaska Fjordlines, the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry, or Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry. Or you could zip between them in about 20 minutes via Alaska Seaplanes.