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Skagway, Alaska

In 1897 gold seekers poured into Skagway. The town went from a tent city to a bustling town. Today it is bustling with tourists...at least when the cruise boats arrive in summer. Although there are a few museums, the entire town is the museum. It isn't difficult to visualize just what it was like here during the turn of the century. Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Talya Inlet. It is located 90 miles northwest of Juneau.
U.S./Canada Travel
Alaska Cruise

Hiking Trails

Dewey Lakes Trail
Chilkoot Trail
Smuggler's Cove Map
Yakutania Point & Smuggler's Cove
From 1st Ave. head west to Main St. Turn left at the airport fence and continue south for two blocks. Turn right and continue west past the airport terminal. Cross the Skagway River on the footbridge and follow the trail signs to Yakutania Point. To continue to Smuggler's Cove, follow the trail to the right just before the bathroom.
0.8 miles to Yakutania Point
1.0 miles to Smuggler's Cove
Lower Dewey Lake Map
For description and pictures, click link above
Skagway driftwood building Main street skagway Boat dock in Skagway Skagway from the ship Skagway Alaska Skagway Town Map

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

Motorcoach to Klondike Summit

White Pass & Yukon Railway

Gold Rush Tours

Red Onion Saloon

Outdoor Activities

Main Street
Considered one of the most scenic railways in the world, this tourist train is 41 miles roundtrip and journeys up to historic White Pass. It has been designated an International landmark.
Learn all about the 100,000 people who passed through this area on their way to the Klondike gold fields. In town, there is a visitors center, ranger presentations, ranger-led historic district tours and 30-minute films.

Town Self Tour

Learn all about the 100,000 people who passed through this area on their way to the Klondike gold fields. In town, there is a visitors center, ranger presentations, ranger-led historic district tours and 30-minute films.
If you arrive but have no vehicle, you can take a tour bus up to Klondike summit. The route runs parallel to the White Pass & Yukon rail route. Klondike summit is several hundred feet higher than White Pass. In route, guides share stories of the hardships faced by stampeders who crossed on foot.
You can tour camps, pan for gold and meet costumed characters who will show what life was like during the boom-town days of the 1800's.
During the Gold Rush, it was Skagway's most exclusive bordello. It is now a bar and restaurant and a National Historic Building. Inside the "ladies of the night" are dressed in full regalla.
Many activities base camp out of Skagway like Dog Sledding, rock climbing, hiking & biking tours, kayaking, nature watching, flightseeing, ziplining, etc.

The Legend of Soapy Smith

During the Gold Rush criminals and con artists set up shop, the most notorious being "Soapy" Smith. Preying on the homesick, Soapy erected a fake telegraph company and charged $5.00 to send a message home. The telegraph wire ended just at the edge of town.
The building made of driftwood
Walking around town
Skagway from the ship
Boat dock in Skagway
Skagway street car tour Brothel Museum Tours AB building Bike Skagway
Skagway Alaska Street Car Tour
Brothel Museum Tours
Take a bike tour from White Pass down to Skagway....looks like a blast!
AB building outside made of driftwood
Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery
Big gold chunk in the Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery
Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery Skagway Tours
Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery view
Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery
Skagway Viewpoint
Skagway from the scenic viewpoint on the road to Dyea