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Skagway, Alaska

When gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory (just across the border from Alaska), it resulted in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. As thousands of gold-crazed adventurers sought the best starting point for their arduous trek, they found the deepest penetration possible by boat was at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal. This is how Skagway was born.

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Skagway, Alaska

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss

Take the unforgettable journey aboard the 'Scenic Railway of the World' and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass – an 875 m (2,865 foot) elevation. Ride in vintage rail cars as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit. This fully narrated tour features panoramas of mountains, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites. See the original Klondike Trail of '98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls that passed this route in search of fortune. Experience this unique railway that symbolises accomplishment in the adventure of pioneering – triumph over challenge.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • Take a helicopter ride away from civilisation to the Chilkat Glacier system, where frozen rivers of ice surge between high mountain peaks.
  • Combine helicopter glacier flightseeing with one of Alaska's favourite sports – dog sledding.
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and blow your own glass art in the Last Frontier – complete with real gold in your finished piece!

Sporting Adventures

  • Experience one of Alaska's most breathtaking valleys while horse riding through historic Dyea.
  • Cruise to a remote beach at Glacier Point, then get aboard an 11.2-metre (31-foot) canoe and explore spectacular icebergs.
  • Take a helicopter to discover glaciers, where you'll land and hike across this huge sheet of ice while your guide points out crevasses and other features.
  • Join professional mountain guides for a rock climbing and abseiling adventure on the granite walls of Alaska! Choose between over a dozen climbing routes that offer something for all abilities.
  • Kayak on the crystal clear waters of a glacially carved lake in the alpine terrain of the Tormented Valley.
  • Walk on raised balance beams, cross suspension bridges and fly through the air on a series of zip lines at Skagway's adventure park.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Try a true Alaskan salmon bake – a dining experience you'll never forget. The meal will include wild Alaskan salmon and assorted side dishes.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Skagway, Alaska


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 28.8° -1.78°
Average Low 18.8° -7.33°
Mean Temperature 24° -4.44°
Record High 52° 11.11°
Record Low -11° -23.89°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 4.9 in 12.45 cm

    Before You Visit

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