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.