dates stayed August 3-5th, 2016
The first trip to Haines, Alaska was in 2013: http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2013/09/skagway-and-haines-alaska.html. It made the list as a place I wanted to return and visit again. A special spot.
This trip to Alaska had the only a few MUST destinations. Haines was one of them. The road into Haines is spectacular. Well, it has to be since it passes through the Yukon, British Columbia AND Alaska!!
This time instead of a cruise ship it was a full service RV park.
Though I highly recommend the campgrounds at Chilkoot Lake State Park: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/chilkootlksrs.htm
The Chilkoot River is short but is full of bald eagles and bears feasting on the salmon. This trip was typical as plenty of bald eages were seen, but no bears. However, several large mammals were seen fishing for salmon and I did observe ONE being successful. A success rate that was far exceeded by the bald eagles.
Hopefully, you will have better success at spotting the elusive bears.
Haines is home to historic Fort Seward: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_William_H._Seward
Dinner was at the Fort Seward Lodge. They were out of the "first" choices were unavailable, but dinner was excellent. There were lots of good places to eat in Haines. It is just a great little town.
At the south end of town is another "hidden" state park.http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/aspunits/southeast/chilkatsp.htm
This is the view from the boat launch. The lighting isn't good, but wow.