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Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest.

Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.

The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.

Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.

Points of Interest

  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Klondike Summit
  • Gold Rush History
  • Yukon (Canada)
  • Haines
  • Red Onion Saloon
  • Dog Sledding

More about Skagway, Alaska Points of Interest

  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad -

    The "Scenic Railway of the World" links Skagway with Yukon, Canada. A 41-mile roundtrip offers an unforgettable journey to the summit of the White Pass at nearly 3,000 feet in elevation.

  • Outdoor Adventures -

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go for a ride on a dog sled, horseback riding, hiking, river rafting, flightseeing, ziplining and more.

  • Klondike Summit -

    The Klondike Summit, also called the White Pass Summit rises 3,292 feet above sea level along the Klondike Highway. The journey, running parallel to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, offers breathtaking views of waterfalls, glaciers, scenic vistas and glimpses of the original Brackett Wagon Road and Tormented Valley.

  • Gold Rush History -

    Relive the color and history of the Yukon Gold Rush. Tour the camps, pan for gold or meet a few costumed characters who'll show you what life was like during the boom-town days in the 1800s.

  • Yukon (Canada) -

    Yukon is a wilderness playground with an extensive network of waterways. On the scenic 65-mile drive from Skagway, the lush coastal landscape gives way to rugged wilderness. Its capital, Whitehorse, is the center for the Yukon's mining and forestry industries.

  • Haines -

    Pristine beauty and an abundance of wildlife define Haines. Just 14 miles from Skagway by water, the town is renowned for huge convocations of bald eagles and one of the planet's longest fjords.

  • Red Onion Saloon -

    During the Klondike Gold Rush, the Red Onion Saloon was Skagway's most exclusive bordello. Now this colorful establishment is a bar/restaurant and a National Historic Building.

  • Dog Sledding -

    Meet professional mushers and their amazing canine companions in an introduction to Alaska's state sport. Take a flight to a glacier to experience flying over the snow, or visit the summertime training grounds for a ride in a wheeled sled.

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Easy Skagway: City, Klondike Highway & The Days of '98 Show

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-100 S G Y - 1 0 0

Easy Activity

From $74.95

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Easy Skagway: City, Klondike Highway & The Days of '98 Show (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-101 S G Y - 1 0 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $74.95

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Klondike Summit,Liarsville Experience & Gold Panning

3.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-110 S G Y - 1 1 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $99.95

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Klondike Summit, Suspension Bridge & Salmon Bake

4.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-120 S G Y - 1 2 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $124.95

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Red Onion Saloon Breakfast & Historical City Tour

2.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-130 S G Y - 1 3 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $94.95

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To the Klondike Summit

1.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-140 S G Y - 1 4 0

Easy Activity

From $49.95

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Local Connections: Skagway Street Car City Tour with Storyteller

1.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-150 S G Y - 1 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $49.95

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Experience the Yukon & Suspension Bridge

8.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-170 S G Y - 1 7 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $179.95

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Yukon Expedition & White Pass Scenic Railway

8.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-180 S G Y - 1 8 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $254.95

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White Pass Scenic Railway

2.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-200 S G Y - 2 0 0

Easy Activity

From $154.95

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White Pass Scenic Railway (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-201 S G Y - 2 0 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity

From $154.95

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White Pass Scenic Railway - Luxury Class

2.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-210 S G Y - 2 1 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $429.95

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Local Connections: White Pass Rail Bennett Lake & Yukon Adventure Created by Train Historian

8 hours | Skagway | SGY-220 S G Y - 2 2 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $329.95

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White Pass Rail & Klondike Highway - Multilingual

3.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-225 S G Y - 2 2 5

Easy Activity

From $189.95

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Best of Skagway: Rail, Salmon Bake & Saloon

7 hours | Skagway | SGY-230 S G Y - 2 3 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $299.95

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Rail, Summit & Suspension Bridge with Brunch

6 hours | Skagway | SGY-240 S G Y - 2 4 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $209.95

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White Pass Rail, Summit, Gold Panning & BBQ Lunch

5.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-250 S G Y - 2 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $254.95

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Sip & Summit: White Pass Scenic Rail & Skagway Brewing Company

5.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-290 S G Y - 2 9 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $229.95

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Local Connections: Hands-On Kitchen Science with Alaskan Chef

2.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-315 S G Y - 3 1 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $109.95

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Legends & Lies: Gold Rush Saloon Experience & City Tour

2.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-320 S G Y - 3 2 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $129.95

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Skagway in Focus Photography Tour

3 hours | Skagway | SGY-330 S G Y - 3 3 0

Moderate Activity

From $109.95

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Ultimate Gold Panning, Sled Dogs & Scenic Railway - a Discovery Exclusive

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-350 S G Y - 3 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $269.95

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Gold Fever Experience: Gold Panning & Alaska Sled Dogs

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-355 S G Y - 3 5 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $114.95

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Gold Fever Experience: Gold Panning & Alaska Sled Dogs (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-356 S G Y - 3 5 6

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $114.95

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Kroschel Wildlife Refuge - an Animal Planet Exclusive

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-370 S G Y - 3 7 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $269.95

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Local Connections: Ghosts & Goodtime Girls Walking Tour Created by Madam Jan

2 hours | Skagway | SGY-380 S G Y - 3 8 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $54.95

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Adventure Park & Ziplines

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-400 S G Y - 4 0 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $149.95

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Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition

4 hours | Skagway | SGY-405 S G Y - 4 0 5

Strenuous Activity

From $229.95

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Ultimate Musher's Camp Experience: Dog Sled Ride, Gold Panning & S'mores

4 hours | Skagway | SGY-415 S G Y - 4 1 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $269.95

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Alaska Nature & Wildlife Expedition

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-420 S G Y - 4 2 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $199.95

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Bear & Eagle Quest

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-421 S G Y - 4 2 1

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $219.95

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Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Experience

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-440 S G Y - 4 4 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $199.95

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Musher's Camp & S'more Roasting Adventure

2.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-445 S G Y - 4 4 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $149.95

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Klondike Summit To Sea Bicycle Tour

2.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-450 S G Y - 4 5 0

Strenuous Activity

From $129.95

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Rainforest Bicycle Tour

2.75 hours | Skagway | SGY-455 S G Y - 4 5 5

Strenuous Activity

From $119.95

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Klondike Rock Climbing & Rappelling

3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-490 S G Y - 4 9 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $119.95

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Wilderness UTV Adventure

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-515 S G Y - 5 1 5

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $259.95

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Haines Wilderness Odyssey by Jet Boat

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-700 S G Y - 7 0 0

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $249.95

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Ocean Raft Adventure

2 hours | Skagway | SGY-710 S G Y - 7 1 0

Moderate Activity

From $159.95

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Chilkoot Trail Hike & Float Adventure - a Discovery Exclusive

4.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-740 S G Y - 7 4 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $164.95

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Haines Eagle Preserve Rafting & Wildlife Quest

6.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-745 S G Y - 7 4 5

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $259.95

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Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-760 S G Y - 7 6 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $299.95

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Klondike Summit Lake Canoe

4.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-765 S G Y - 7 6 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $199.95

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Chilkoot Lake Kayak Experience

6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-775 S G Y - 7 7 5

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $209.95

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Glacier Discovery by Helicopter

2 hours | Skagway | SGY-800 S G Y - 8 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $409.95

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Dog Sledding & Glacier Helicopter Flightseeing

2 hours | Skagway | SGY-840 S G Y - 8 4 0

Moderate Activity

From $709.95

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