Skagway is renowned for unspoiled natural beauty and a storied history steeped in the Gold Rush of the late 1880s. Known now as the "Gateway to the Klondike," Skagway was originally home to the Chilkoots and Chilkats Native Americans. Today, this sleepy town seemingly frozen in time showcases a plethora of landmark buildings along the main thoroughfare. Walking along the historic 7-block stretch, don't be surprised if you bump into residents wearing late 19th-century attire.
Adventure seekers will want to take a ride along the late 19th-century White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and travel the very same route in a vintage train car that the miners of yesteryear traveled in as they set out in search of gold. Named an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, the train takes Guests through steep climbs and cliff-hanging turns, through tunnels and atop towering bridges, past glaciers and picture-perfect waterfalls.
Places to Explore
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
Walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers with a stroll through this historic downtown district from the Klondike Gold Rush. Featuring more than 15 buildings from the city's illustrious past, the park includes a visitor center which offers various guided tours and scenic hikes.
- Skagway Museum and Archives
Immerse yourself in Skagway's intriguing history through a fine collection of relics, mementos and photographs in the historic McCabe College Building which was once a federal courthouse and a jail.
- White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
An International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, this 1898 narrow-gauge train takes a 3.5 hour journey following the trail taken by miners during the Gold Rush-past legendary sites Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch up 2,865 feet to the summit and back.
- Jewell Gardens
Sitting on the site of a farm that once grew produce for miners, the gardens include various types of flowers, herbs, berries and vegetables. A glassblowing studio and a miniature railroad train add to the fun.
Conveniently located on the main street through town, find quaint boutiques brimming with gold rush-inspired treasures including gold nuggets, jewelry, fur hats and train paraphernalia.
English is universally spoken.
U.S. currency is accepted, as are all major credit cards.
- How to Get Around
- To explore the region in greater detail, a car is recommended. You will find agents for car rental services downtown.
- SMART Buses run from the ship to the shops at the north end of town for approximately $1.50 USD.
- Much of downtown can be easily explored on foot.
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