Haines, South-East Alaska. Photo by Colin Lea.
Haines, tightly girdled by water, glaciers and mountains, makes an excellent hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, climbing and wildlife-spotting base (especially Black and Brown bears in the Chilkoot area mid-June-September, whales, moose and eagles).
In addition Haines is the major hub to/from Alaska’s Yukon or Interior via the Alaska Highway and from Juneau and Sitka by ferry.
By road Haines to Skagway is 359 miles, to Dawson City 498 miles, to Fairbanks 653 miles, to Anchorage 775 miles, to Seattle 1774 miles .
Anchorage is easy to fly into and has a lively winter culture program including mad competitions in February and March such as the Fur Rendezvous and Iditarod dog-sled racing, as well as good access to lake skating, dog sledding tours and training, downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Not to mention eco-nasty but nice snowmobiles.
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Dog-sledding tours in an Alaskan winter. This Denali photo was taken by Jacob W.
Hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and fishing. With too many amazing tours, trails and routes to list and most tourist towns surrounded by mountains and water Alaska is really an activity paradise. Apart from those little devil mosquitoes and some quite steep bits!
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Hiking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Photo by Ilya Ktsn.