Lookout Park, next to the harbor, is a great place to watch the fishing boats, eagles, and scenery. Bring a lunch. Behind it is a small cemetery with Tlingit graves dating from the 1880s. An old building, all that remains of Yendestakyeh, is just beyond the airport, 3.5 miles from town. The mission bell (1880) that once called the Tlingit people to worship now sits out in front of the Presbyterian church on 2nd Avenue.
Walt Disney’s White Fang was filmed next to Haines in 1990, and the Dalton City gold rush town created for the movie is at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. Wander around the buildings or poke your head inside Alaska’s smallest brewery, Haines Brewing Company (907/766-3823, www.hainesbrewing.com), for a sample of Paul Wheeler’s Lookout Stout, Eldred Rock Red, IPA, and seasonal beers. Haines bars have them on tap. Locals especially rave about the stout—at least until they taste the Bigger Hammer Barley Wine.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition