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HyderYou could fly to the town of Hyder (population 87), but you’d miss a huge piece of the reason to visit. The trip to Hyder is, to put it simply, a trip. If it weren’t for the Canadian customs you have to cross when heading back out of town, Hyder could be mistaken for a Canadian spot. The town’s next-door neighbor is Stewart, British Columbia. Residents even pay some of their bills to B.C. utility companies and others to Alaskan companies. Along with getting to meet Hyderites, buying a “friendliest ghost town in Alaska” bumper sticker, and eating at The Bus, the big reason to drive to Hyder is the drive itself. Turn off the Cassiar Highway onto Glacier Highway. Then prepare to stop—again and again—for photo ops at the endless stream of glaciers along the way.