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Skagway

Known for Excursions, Ferries and Mountains

See gold-rush architecture and glacial lakes against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and ride a vintage locomotive through history in this Alaskan town.

How do you get to Skagway?

Nestled into a glaciated valley in Alaska’s breathtaking panhandle region, Skagway sits on the fringe of national protected areas, wilderness reserves and the magnificent Inside Passage. A popular destination for cruise ships chartering the Lynn Canal, Skagway is a town with fascinating gold-rush history embedded into its awe-inspiring natural scenery.

Pick up a walking trail map from the downtown Visitor Center and be transported to a bygone era as you stroll along Skagway’s historic main street, Broadway Avenue. Protected by the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, the street features a showcase of restored shop fronts, restaurants and wooden sidewalks. You’ll see locals in period costumes and fascinating recreations of the Skagway that boomed during the late 19th-century gold rush, when prospectors poured into the Yukon region. You can experience this historic area with free walking tours held daily throughout the summer. Stop by important historical buildings, including the Mascot Saloon Museum, an early brothel building and the town’s first cabin.

One of the best ways to get to know this mesmerizing landscape is with a trip on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. Climb the steep mining-boom route in a vintage train and see mountain vistas unfold before you. Spot scenic landmarks such as Glacier Gorge, Dead Horse Gulch and the Bridal Veil Falls on your stunning journey.

Explore the network of hiking trails that link Skagway’s downtown area to magnificent outlooks and historical landmarks. Trek to alpine lakes and thundering waterfalls and visit the historic gravesites of infamous Skagway residents. You can also link up with the steep but rewarding Chilkoot Trail and follow the footsteps of thousands of gold-rush prospectors on the 4-day hiking trail to the Klondike Gold Fields in Canada.

Skagway is located in southeastern Alaska. It is easily accessible by boat, in luxury on a cruise ship or conveniently via the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. You can also reach the town by air from Alaska’s capital, Juneau, or drive along the Canadian South Klondike Highway. Step off your ship and into another world in the beautifully preserved landscapes of Skagway.

Things to do in Skagway

Take a round-trip railway journey through this mountain pass and see breathtaking peaks, beautiful glacial valleys and rumbling waterfalls.

Visit a historic park commemorating the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century and join a ranger-led walking tour of Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike.

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Take a scenic drive into the Yukon, heading over the snow-dusted slopes around White Pass as you dip into Canada. Hop on the Kawasaki Cart and enjoy a sled dog mushing experience with a team of husky sled dogs on this engaging day trip.

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Venture out of Skagway for a half-day adventure along the Klondike Highway into Canada's famed Yukon Territory. Hear about the region's fascinating Gold Rush history, admire the natural scenery and wildlife, and stop to pose for photos at the Welcome to Alaska sign at White Pass.

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Zip around Skagway's glacier-carved valleys and ocean-front roads on a peppy scooter with an experienced local guide. Park your ride at scenic lookouts that offer sweeping views of the valley, see historic sights that date back to Gold Rush days, and listen to tales about this frontier town's past.

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Spend a day following in the footsteps of 19th-century prospectors as you seek out Gold Rush heritage and natural gems in the Yukon. Travel along the fabled Klondike Highway, stopping along the way to visit a wildlife museum and take in the view at dazzling Emerald Lake.

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At the end of the 19th century, Skagway was a booming Gold Rush town, packed with Wild West saloons and a notorious red light district. Dive into the past of this historic settlement, and then follow in the footsteps of the old gold prospectors hoping to find their fortune on the famed Klondike Highway.

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Explore the historic and exciting city of Skagway in the state of Alaska! Home to another major city during the Gold Rush days, you will learn about the boom that took hold of the city at the Klondike Gold Rush N.H.P Museum.