Haines, Alaska, US
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Approximately 3¾ Hours
Meet your guide and board the bus for a ride along the Haines Scenic Byway. This narrated drive, with plenty of stories about the history of the valley, brings you to a modern dock facility. Where the road ends, the real Alaska begins and so does your adventure.
Board a flat-bottomed riverboat to experience a guided ride along miles of scenic channels in the Chilkat River in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The vessel is specially designed for navigating this silt-laden river, which is the only access to this remote, roadless portion of the preserve. No other tour ventures into this same territory. The boats are not enclosed, allowing you to view and photograph the majestic scenery and wildlife in an unhindered fashion. Warm outerwear is provided.
Eagles, moose, and bears are quite often the highlight of the river tour, making for wonderful photo opportunities. The scenery alone is worth the trip with cascading, hanging glaciers and surrounding mountains that soar to 6,000-foot peaks -- this is the real, untouched beauty of Alaska.
Back on land, spend time with the captain, crew and staff while enjoying a meal in a covered, heated pavilion or around a crackling campfire.
Re-board the bus and retrace your route on the scenic ride back to the ship. You'll be leaving the Bald Eagle Preserve with a myriad of amazing memories and a new appreciation for Alaska and those who call it home.
Please note: Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.