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White Pass

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

White Pass runs through the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains, a major mountain range in Alaska. Appreciate the natural beauty from the comfort of a vintage train carriage. This area is known for its untouched wilderness and the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.

The White Pass trail dates back to the Klondike Gold Rush. It was one of two major passes used by prospectors at the time. The trail is a unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. This area is regarded as a national historic landmark, along with the small gold rush town, Skagway.

Learn about the history of this pass at the Gold Rush Museum in Skagway. This trail was known as a less difficult route than its Chilkoot Trail counterpart; however, it is steeped in history. Legends say that members of the notorious Soapy Smith gang and other con artists operated on this mountain pass and preyed on newcomers to the area.

Take the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, a marvel of engineering dating back to the late 19th century. This narrow-gauge railroad was built during the Klondike Gold Rush. Reach the summit of White Pass from Skagway on a round trip. Notice the snowcapped mountain peaks as you climb an elevation of almost 3,000 feet (900 meters) up the mountain range.

Travel past Inspiration Point on your journey up the mountain. This area peers over Skagway Harbor and looks out at the Sawtooth Range. Reach Dead Horse Gulch, an area scattered with the bones of perished gold-rush pack animals. Admire the headwaters of the Yukon River before you turn around at White Pass Summit.

Journeys along the mountain pass begin in Skagway. This small town is located about a 100-mile (160-kilometer) drive from Whitehorse Canada, which connects to parts of the United States via the Alaska-Canadian Highway. Find accommodations in Skagway among the available rustic inns, cottages and hotels.

For an authentic gold rush experience, book a steam locomotive excursion along the White Pass trail and enjoy the breathtaking natural views.


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Lodging Near White Pass

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Historic Skagway Inn
Historic Skagway Inn

Historic Skagway Inn

655 Broadway, Skagway
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Downtown Skagway, this inn is steps from Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History, Trail of '98 Museum, and Captain William Moore Cabin. Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum and City of Skagway Museum are also within 10 minutes.

    Westmark Inn Skagway $129
    Westmark Inn Skagway

    Westmark Inn Skagway

    3rd And Spring St, Skagway
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 151 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Downtown Skagway, this hotel is steps from Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum and Captain William Moore Cabin. Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History and Trail of '98 Museum are also within 10 minutes.

      Cozy Cove Cottage - Peaceful, Secluded, Private Beach, Bbq, Washer/dryer
      Cozy Cove Cottage - Peaceful, Secluded, Private Beach, Bbq, Washer/dryer

      Cozy Cove Cottage - Peaceful, Secluded, Private Beach, Bbq, Washer/dryer

      , Haines
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        This beachfront property is located in Haines, close to Chilkoot Lake. Area attractions also include Mount Ripinski.

        Chilkoot Haven Lodge on the Famous Chilkoot River
        Chilkoot Haven Lodge on the Famous Chilkoot River

        Chilkoot Haven Lodge on the Famous Chilkoot River

        , Haines
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 3 reviews
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          Situated by the ocean, this property is close to Chilkoot Lake. Area attractions also include Mount Ripinski.

          Aspen Suites Hotel Haines $118
          Aspen Suites Hotel Haines

          Aspen Suites Hotel Haines

          409 Main Street, Haines
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 72 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Haines, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Haines Borough Public Library, Hammer Museum, and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum and Southeast Alaska State Fair are also within 10 minutes.

            Hotel Halsingland $119
            Hotel Halsingland

            Hotel Halsingland

            13 Fort Seward Dr., Haines
               
              3.8
              of 5, from 44 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Haines, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fort William H. Seward, Alaska Indian Arts, and American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum. Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry and Haines Borough Public Library are also within 15 minutes.

              Highland Haven, Huge Deck, Bbq, Woodstove, Perfect for Families, Close to Town
              Highland Haven, Huge Deck, Bbq, Woodstove, Perfect for Families, Close to Town

              Highland Haven, Huge Deck, Bbq, Woodstove, Perfect for Families, Close to Town

              , Haines
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Haines, this vacation home is close to Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Hammer Museum, and Haines Borough Public Library. Also nearby are American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum and Southeast Alaska State Fair.

                The Cottage ~ Quiet Downtown Home, Stunning View, Walking Distance to Everything
                The Cottage ~ Quiet Downtown Home, Stunning View, Walking Distance to Everything

                The Cottage ~ Quiet Downtown Home, Stunning View, Walking Distance to Everything

                , Haines
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 4 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Haines, this property is steps from Hammer Museum and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.