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Coast Mountains Featured Destination:

Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Haines, Alaska

Impress your friends with the story of the time that you saw the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world, after you visit the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. From October to February the skies over Haines, Alaska fill with the seven-foot winged birds, over 3,500, circling for salmon in the Chilkat River, below.

The great American birds have come for the late salmon run; you've come to get the perfect picture to go with your great travel story. Pull off at one of the preserve's roadside turnoffs between Mile 18 and Mile 22, where there are spotting scopes and viewing platforms along the river. If you are lucky, you may even see the high-flying, acrobatic eagle fights filmed for North America.

This viewing area is considered critical to eagle habitat within the preserve, where the warm waters of the Chilkat, Kleheni and Tsirku Rivers meet, creating a pool of five species of spawning salmon--a feast for the bald eagle.

Best Time to Visit:

Travel to Haines the second week of November during the fall migration when the town holds its annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival.

What to Do:

Explore the Chilkat with noted naturalists, take a photography workshop or help release an injured eagle back into the wild during the Alaska Balk Eagle Festival, co-hosted by the American Bald Eagle Foundation Center. The center offers live raptor demonstrations and exhibits dedicated to our national bird. Get Directions

Other Coast Mountains Destinations:

  • Juneau Ice Field & Mendenhall Glacier. The Juneau Ice Field is North America's fifth largest ice field, covering an area of 1,500 square miles. Mendenhall Glacier, part of the Juneau Ice Field, can be accessed from Alaska's capital city, Juneau. Visitors can enjoy a number of activities on and around the glacier, from hiking to kayaking to flightseeing. Get Directions
  • Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the United States, Tongass National Forest encompasses much of Southeast Alaska, including the Inside Passage. Wildlife is abundant in the park, from bears, wolves and mountain goats on land to killer whales, humpback whales and sea otters along the coastline. Furthermore, Hubbard Glacier - the world's longest tidewater glacier - is located here. Get Directions
  • Whistler, British Columbia. With abundant wildlife and seemingly endless options for outdoor activities, the resort village of Whistler, British Columbia offers visitors opportunities for adventure, fine dining, sports and sightseeing around every corner. Get Directions
  • Mount Waddington. The highest mountain in the Coast Range of British Columbia, Mount Waddington is a remote and demanding climb, and its inaccessibility and unpredictable weather make it particularly challenging to reach its summit. Get Directions
  • Glacier Bay National Park. Visitors can cruise through Glacier Bay, hike or backpack through the park's stunning wilderness, flightsee from nearby towns, and even fish and hunt in the park's preserve. The park is known for its abundant wildlife, ice fields, tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and spruce and hemlock forests. Get Directions
  • Misty Fjords National Monument. Getting its name from the area's frequent rainfall and steep fjords, Misty Fjords has abundant wildlife ranging from bears and bald eagles to sea lions and Dall porpoises. One of the best ways to view the stunning landscape and wildlife is by kayak or boat. Get Directions

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