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Welcome to Skagway

The Klondike Gold Rush ended a century ago, but the “Call of the Wild” is still strong in Alaska’s historic frontier town of Skagway. North of Juneau, Skagway entices visitors to discover the Yukon Territory’s mining past and spectacular wilderness of forests, glaciers, mountains, and waterfalls. In the late 1800s, prospectors stopped here on their way to the gold fields further north, but today, this tiny settlement on the Taiya Inlet is a popular cruise-ship stop for Skagway shore excursions. Experience what life was like for those first plucky miners on a city tour of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park downtown, with its original clapboard buildings and period wooden boardwalk. Go back in time to a 19th century mining outpost and pan for gold at Liarsville Camp, hike the Chilkoot Trail gold-rush route, and stop at the Gold Rush Cemetery. Don't miss the Skagway Scenic Overlook for snapshot-worthy views of the mountains above and the town below. Skagway has long been the gateway town to the surrounding peaks, so hop aboard the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that switchbacks up steep tracks to the White Pass summit as far as Emerald Lake. Take a bus tour along the Klondike Highway towards Canada, or go dog sledding through the countryside. Meet Alaska's wild eagles, beavers, brown bears, moose, and waterbirds up close and personal at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, or chance a sighting by kayaking along the Chilkat River.

Top 10 attractions in Skagway

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White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

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Inching up steep tracks carved into the sides of mountains, the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway is a fun, historic way to see spectacular scenery. A number of routes travel through White Pass, a mountain route that links the port town of Skagway, Alaska, with the Yukon Territory capital city of Whitehorse in Canada. Climb aboard this International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and experience mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and historic sites from the comfort of a century-old railcar along “the railway built of gold.”More
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the history of Skagway’s gold rush days. During the boom of the 1890s gold rush, Skagway’s population swelled from just a handful of residents to over 10,000 lured by the possibility of gold. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of these prospectors by visiting historic buildings, trails, mines, and even saloons built during the boom.More
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Gold Rush Cemetery

Gold Rush Cemetery

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The Gold Rush Cemetery is a fascinating place, allowing a glimpse into the past of the area’s people. The dates listed on the stones date back to 1897, and one of the most famous is that of Jefferson “Soapy” Smith, a notorious con artist and Old West gangster, known for opening businesses where he quietly robbed his customers and for manipulating political campaigns. Visitors will also find the graves of many individuals involved in the Gold Rush, while an informative entrance display provides even more insight into the cemetery and its inhabitants.If you enjoy hiking, continue past Gold Rush Cemetery to Lower Reid Falls, a popular trekking route that’s about two miles (3.2 km) each way. The actual falls are gorgeous, a gushing narrow cascade gliding over rock and mountainside. To better understand the trails—especially if you want to explore more of the area—head to the Skagway Visitor Information Center before visiting the cemetery and pick up a trail map.More
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Chilkoot Trail

Chilkoot Trail

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Retrace the rugged and scenic 33-mile (53-kilometer route that led prospectors from the coast to the Yukon goldfields during the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s. Following old trails used by the Tlingit people for centuries, the prospectors found a path from Dyea to Bennet through the arduous Coastal Mountains. Today, the Chilkoot Trail is a popular backpacking destination.More
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Skagway Museum

Skagway Museum

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For a quick introduction to Skagway’s rich and colorful past, a visit to the Skagway Museum is a must. Artifacts, photographs, and historical records bring Skagway’s past alive from the original Tlingit settlers to the Klondike Gold Rush and present-day Alaskan life. Housed in Alaska’s first stone building, the museum’s granite facade is a sight in itself.More
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Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp

Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp

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Located in Skagway, the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Campbrings Gold Rush history to the present. The camp offers a number of memorable experiences and is especially great for families wanting an educational yet fun experience. Along with its beautiful surrounding scenery that includes a waterfall and White Pass, the camp is also known for its salmon bakes. Meals at Liarsville are all-you-can-eat and consist of wood-fire grilled Alaskan salmon, chicken, rice, corn bread, pasta beans, salad and cake.Even with the enticing food, the main draw is the gold panning experience. Visitors get to try their hand at the historic activity and can even keep their findings. The camp also has a comedic performance involving sourdoughs and dancehall girls that keeps the audience laughing and is complemented by a reading of the poem, “Bard of the North” by Robert Service, who was known for his Yukon-inspired poetry. Don’t leave without exploring the old trail camp, which adds to the exposure to local history and culture that Liarsville provides.More
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Mascot Saloon Museum

Mascot Saloon Museum

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During the Klondike Gold Rush days, Skagway was a rough-drinking town, boasting more than 80 saloons. The Mascot Saloon was one of the longest operating gold rush era saloons and is now owned and operated by the National Park Service as a museum and monument to Skagway’s colorful past.More
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Jewell Gardens

Jewell Gardens

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Thanks to fertile soil and long summer days, Skagway is known as the “Garden City of Alaska” and has a rich tradition of vegetable gardening and flower landscaping. Jewell Gardens and Garden City Glassworks is a popular attraction for Skagway visitors and features beautifully manicured wildflower gardens, organic vegetable patches, and Alaska’s only glassblowing studio open to guests.More
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Skagway Overlook

Skagway Overlook

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For a birds-eye view of downtown Skagway, the historic harbor, and the surrounding snow-capped peaks, take the scenic drive along the road to Dyea and stop off at the Skagway Overlook to admire the views. From the viewing platform, you can capture panoramic shots of this historic Gold Rush-era town and the narrow Taiya Inlet, which connects Skagway to the rest of Alaska’s Inside Passage.More
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Port of Skagway

Port of Skagway

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A century ago, Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields of the Klondike; now, the Skagway Cruise Port is one of Alaska’s most popular ports of call and a departure point for exploring the vast Yukon. The scenic cruise port still has the feel of its Gold Rush past though, complete with an historic downtown filled with false front buildings and wooden sidewalks.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Skagway

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White Pass Bus Tour
Helen_L, Aug 2019
White Pass Deluxe Tour from Skagway
Views of the mountain, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife sightings ( bald eagles) atop electric poles are plenty.
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Great Day!!!
Steve_O, Jul 2018
DIY Jeep Tour
Went to see Emerald Lake and had a picnic lunch along the way.
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Skagway was our favorite town. Salmon...
Terry K, Aug 2013
Skagway Shore Excursion: Liarsville Gold Rush Camp, Gold Panning and Salmon Bake Combo
Real frontier people to see and talk to.
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Great way to see Skagway and the...
Michelle_T, Nov 2016
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
Great way to see Skagway and the white pass is taking the train isn't your cup of tea.
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Funny tour guide. Lots to see...
Deborah C, Sep 2015
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
Disappointed he would not wait more than 5-10 mins to see a Black bear, amazing experience in order to rush back to a dire view of Skagway.
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The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Arthur D, Sep 2015
White Pass Deluxe Tour from Skagway
It was a very comfortable way to see some of Skagway and I think it was very worthwhile.
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Best part of the trip!!
mlienau987, Jul 2018
Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition
It was easy to meet the transport to the zipline, there were easy to see representatives in green just as we exited the ship.
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First of all, Tomas was absolutely...
Evelin P, Jul 2017
Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge
It is great for people with kids and for those who want to see and experience the area who don't have enough time to hike.
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Our trip with awesome tour guide...
Russell T, Jun 2017
Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge
As our small bus climbed into higher, we stopped at a small waterfall and got our first looks into the valley.
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We were very pleased with our...
Tatiana F, Sep 2014
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
It was very interesting to see real beautiful land shafts and nature.
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Bob was our guide. He was...
Donald G, Jun 2015
Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour
I would love to take this hike again in late June or early July to see the changes in this temperate rain forest.
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Great way to see the surrounding...
William M, Jul 2013
Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour
Great way to see the surrounding area of Skagway.
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3 hours to remember
Tracey_A, May 2019
White Pass Deluxe Tour from Skagway
My husband and I did the 3 hour tour to the White Pass with Joe, the driver/ narrator (story teller) What a fabulous way to see Skagway and the surrounds.
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Very informative guide who made many...
Florence , Sep 2014
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
A particular highlight was the short walk to a beautiful waterfall from the Skagway cemetery where we saw the graves of Soapy Smith and Frank Reid after hearing of their exploits in Skagway's early days.
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Had very knowledgeable driver/tour...
Clare B, Aug 2016
Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge
We still got to see everything that we were supposed to and got our pix at the Yukon border.
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We chose this shore excursion because...
Sarah C, Jun 2017
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
This tour was under 50 per person and we still got to see many sights that the train ride would have shown us.
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We were fortunate enough to get...
Charles K, Jun 2016
White Pass Deluxe Tour from Skagway
We stopped at waterfalls, overlooks and the famous Alaska Sign.
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This was a great half day tour...
Evelyn H, Jul 2017
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
Skagway is a beautiful little town, especially at this time in the summer and the tour started with a look at the historic cemetery before heading up Whites Pass and over the border into Canada.
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We had a wonderful experience with...
Thuan T, Aug 2017
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
We made several stops along the way including a short hike to the beautiful Lower Reid Fall.
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Great value for the money! Very...
JUSTYNE H, Nov 2016
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
Stopped at an unusual cemetary but I only wished we were informed that there was a waterfall at the top which only a few persons got to see.
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