Cruising to Skagway, Alaska

Cruises to Skagway.

Skagway, AlaskaSkagway is a place in Alaska where the past lives on, the cries of “gold in the Yukon” still echo from steep canyon walls and the sounds of barroom pianos and boomtown crowds ring out in the night. Skagway, located in the Upper Lynn Canal and is considered the northernmost point in Southeast Alaska, is 80 air miles from the capital city of Juneau and 110 road miles from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

The Port of Skagway

The Port of Skagway is the northernmost ice-free, deep-water port in North America, and serves as a year-round transportation hub between Alaska, the Yukon Territory, Northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Europe. The Municipality of Skagway Borough encompasses 452 square miles.

Skagway rarely disappoints visitors. A seven-block corridor along Broadway features historic false-front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings, many of which are part of the National Park Service-managed Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Beginning in 1897, Skagway and the nearby ghost town of Dyea was the starting place for more than 40,000 gold-rush stampeders who headed to the Yukon primarily by way of the Chilkoot Trail.

Five times a day during the summer, National Park Service rangers lead a free, 45-minute walking tour of the historic district, stopping at historic buildings like the Mascot Saloon Museum, the first cabin built in Skagway and one of the town’s earliest brothels.

Skagway Attractions

The Best City Tour in Alaska

Since July 1923 when U.S. President Warren G. Harding climbed aboard the very first Skagway Street Car tour, thousands have joined us for the most complete and entertaining way to see more of Skagway and learn more about this famous Klondike Gold Rush town. With your costumed conductor on your yellow 1927 sightseeing bus, you’ll explore the Waterfront and National Park Historic District and enjoy the panoramic views from the Scenic Overlook. Have your camera ready for the recounting of the Soapy Smith gunfight at the Gold Rush Cemetery and for the Residential District, famous for its flower gardens.

White Pass & Yukon Route

Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, the White Pass & Yukon Route is a marvel of engineering despite the harsh weather and challenging geography faced by thousands of railroad construction workers. Relive the gold rush with the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway as it steams through its second century of history! This forty-mile roundtrip train ride climbs from tidewater at Skagway to the Summit of the White Pass, a 2,865 foot rise in elevation! Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Experience the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from the comfort of vintage parlor cars.

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