Haines is renowned for its scenery, which includes Lynn Canal (North America's longest and deepest fjord), adjacent mountain ranges, and numerous rivers, lakes and glaciers. Outdoor recreation is a principal attraction, as Haines shares a boundary with the world's largest protected wilderness, including Glacier Bay National Park. Each October through December, the nearby Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve hosts the world's largest gathering of Bald Eagles, when up to 4,000 of them congregate to feast on spawning salmon.
The highway loop connecting Haines and Skagway with Haines Junction and Whitehorse in the Yukon is one of the most spectacular drives in North America.
Outdoor recreation includes limitless opportunities for independent recreation and exploration, as well as a wide variety of organized excursions: guided wilderness expeditions (hiking, kayaking, rafting, canoeing), flightseeing, jetboating, and bird watching and wildlife viewing. Other sightseeing and touring options include van or bus tours of the city and area, horse- and llama-drawn carriages, walking tours, and cultural tours.