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How to Spend 2 Days in Skagway

How to Spend 2 Days in Skagway

With two days in Skagway, you’ll have plenty of time to see the town’s historic district and other Klondike Gold Rush landmarks, visit scenic White Pass Summit, and enjoy an outdoor adventure on a historic train, a kayak, or a dog sled. Here are just a few ideas for how to spend two days in Skagway. 

Day 1: Gold Rush Highlights

**Morning:**Start your morning at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center for a quick introduction to Skagway’s history. Then take a free ranger-led tour of Skagway’s historic district or download a self-guided audio tour and get to know the town at your own pace. 

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon exploring the gold rush landmarks just outside of town, including the Dyea Townsite and the Chilkoot Trail, a 33-mile (53-kilometer) trail that led prospectors to the Yukon during the gold rush. For some outdoor fun, combine a hike on the Chilkoot Trail with a float on the Taiya River or a horseback riding adventure. 

**Night:**Step back into Skagway’s gold panning days with a trip to Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, and enjoy a feast of Alaskan favorites such as salmon, rice, and cornbread. The camp also lets you try your hand at panning for gold—and you are welcome to keep any that you find. 

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures

**Morning:**Hop aboard a sightseeing train and head up the scenic White Pass & Yukon Route, or take a bus trip to White Pass Summit, a scenic spot on the Alaska-Canada border. You can also venture into the Yukon Territory on a full-day sightseeing tour or a mountaineering adventure. 

**Afternoon:**If you’re not on a full-day White Pass or Yukon tour, explore the natural beauty that surrounds Skagway on a kayaking, rock-climbing, zip-lining, or dog-sledding tour. Alternatively, if you want to learn more about Klondike Gold Rush history, you can head to the Skagway Museum. Avid gardeners and botanists also won’t want to miss the flowers at the city’s Jewell Gardens.  

**Night:**Continue the outdoor adventures on your final evening in Skagway by hiking along the coast, enjoying the sunset at the Skagway Overlook, or (if you’re visiting in winter) heading out to see the northern lights. You can also take a tour of the Red Onion Saloon, Skagway’s former brothel, and learn about Skagway’s debaucherous past.

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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

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The Chilkat Preserve is one of the best places in the world to find American bald eagles—thousands congregate there to feed on salmon during the fall and winter. This tour takes you on a scenic rafting trip along the Chilkat River—where the eagles put up residence during the summer—and provides the wilderness knowhow to spot the birds and other animals while navigating the river’s channels.
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White Pass Summit and Yukon Suspension Bridge Tour

White Pass Summit and Yukon Suspension Bridge Tour

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The area surrounding White Pass is an ideal location to see Yukon’s famous scenery, but it’s nearly impossible to reach from Skagway without a car. This tour picks you up from your ship or hotel, saving you the hassle of navigation, and takes you to White Pass Summit and the Yukon Suspension Bridge. Afterward, you’re driven back to your port of call or hotel.
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Yukon Dog Sledding Adventure in Skagway

Yukon Dog Sledding Adventure in Skagway

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Experience the thrill of a dogsled adventure through the pristine Yukon wilderness during a half-day shore excursion from Skagway. With pickup from the port, enjoy easy transportation in a comfortable vehicle and visit scenic lookout points. Go for a dog sled ride at a musher's camp and play with adorable Alaskan Husky puppies. This leaves just enough time for a photo stop at the "Welcome to the Yukon" sign.
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Chilkoot Horseback Adventure

Chilkoot Horseback Adventure

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The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is an ideal location to experience Alaska’s natural beauty and gold rush history. This tour saves you the hassle of (horse) navigation and gives the riding knowhow to travel the park’s trails on a horse, visiting Dyea ghost town and the Chilkoot and White Pass trails. Plus, your tour includes round-trip transportation from Skagway and local snacks.
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Half-Day Klondike Rock Climbing, Rappelling and Ziplining Tour from Skagway

Half-Day Klondike Rock Climbing, Rappelling and Ziplining Tour from Skagway

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Enjoy a half-day of active wilderness fun in Alaska on a rock climbing and ziplining tour from Skagway. Head up the Klondike Highway to a majestic rock cliff where your guide instructs you on the basics of rock climbing and rappelling. Choose from a number of routes that range from easy to challenging, and take in sweeping views of the Skagway River, White Pass, and the Yukon Route Railway. Next, soar along a zipline course that threads through the lush forest canopy. Includes guide, transportation, and use of equipment.
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White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

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Challenge yourself in the wilds of Alaska on a full-day alpine hiking tour on White Pass, a scenic ridge bordering the Yukon Territory. Depending on the season, trek through wildflower fields, scramble over boulders, or use crampons and ice picks for a snowy ascent to the summit of Feather Peak or Mount Cleveland. This mountaineering adventure is designed for experienced hikers and climbers.
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Skagway Self-Guided Audio Tour

Skagway Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore the historic and exciting city of Skagway in the state of Alaska! A major city during the Gold Rush days, you will learn about the boom that took hold of Skagway at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Centre. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this fascinating city. On this audio tour you will discover the many walks and trails surrounding the city along with locals dressed in period clothing. To discover this vibrant city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. The tour will take approximately two hours, but you can pause the audio guide when needed. Grab a bite to eat or do some shopping along the way. Please note that this tour is only available in English.
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