Welcome to the Haines cruise port guide. Haines is a simple authentic town of 2600 inhabitants in Southeast Alaska. It is the heart of the Chilkat valley, the historic capital of Tlingit Indian culture and art, the first permanent army base in Alaska and adventure capital of Alaska. Because Haines is not overflown by tourism it offers one of the best Alaskan experiences. Wildlife is abundant here with one of the largest populations of Bald Eagles and brown bears feeding on salmon in the world shortest river. Sea lions, seals, black bears, beavers, river otters, porcupines, orcas, humpback whales and 120 species of bird make this one of the best destinations for wildlife. The U.S. Army built up its presence in Alaska in 1903. For 42 years the first Army post was situated here in Haines. The remains of roughly 80 buildings today tell you the story of life at this post in this remote corner of the world. Haines is perfect for a combination of hiking, adventure, history and wildlife and because it is yet unspoiled we think this might just be the best destination in Southeast Alaska.