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The old train station has good displays on local history.

Carcross Desert, often considered the world's smallest desert, is the exposed sandy bed of a glacial lake. It's 2km north of town.

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$236.55 Day Trips & Excursions

White Pass Train, Emerald Lake Tour with Skagway Port Pickup

After pickup from the Skagway cruise ship terminal, drive by mini-coach along the scenic Klondike Highway before hopping aboard a replica vintage Gold Rush-era passenger train for your 68-mile (109-km) journey to Carcross in Yukon. You'll travel along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. This railway is designated as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, along with the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty. As you journey along the same route taken by the Klondike stampeders in 1898, enjoy views of some of the most picturesque landscapes vistas and remote wilderness areas in Alaska and Canada.Stop for a visit at the restored 1900s Bennett Station House, which has recently been transformed into a museum, nestled in an area only accessible by train. Here, you may take a self-guided walking tour. Afterwards, enjoy lunch on board the train between Bennett and Carcross (see itinerary for a sample menu).As your train journey continues to Carcross in the Yukon Territory, you can hop off to visit the Matthew Watson General Store -- the region's oldest operating store -- or enjoy a short stroll through historic Carcross. Next, make a brief visit to Emerald Lake -- arguably the most photographed lake in Yukon! During your return train ride to Skagway, your guide will entertain you with stories about Skagway and the Gold Rush Era as you savor views of cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, majestic mountains, glaciers and historic sites.When the train arrives at the station, you’ll be taken back to the Skagway cruise terminal. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Skagway port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$161.70 Outdoor Activities

Yukon Sightseeing Adventure by Hummer

Meet your guide at downtown Skagway or your ship dock and travel the route of the Trail of '98 from behind the wheel of a comfortable and spacious Hummer SUV. This limited, exclusive excursion will allow you to enjoy the scenery and history of the Klondike Gold Rush at a leisurely pace. Your small group of explorers will set out in comfort on an adventure from Skagway into the Yukon Territory via the famous routes taken by the hardy gold prospectors in the late 1800's. You'll be driving your Hummer into the heart of the wilderness along the Klondike Highway made famous by fabled gold rush legends Robert Service and Jack London.Your experienced tour guide, in the lead vehicle, will entertain you with tales of the gold rush era via an interactive, two-way radio system. Driving your own Hummer provides you the freedom, comfort and relaxation of exploring the Klondike Gold Rush routes from a bygone era in an intimate way.  This adventure allows you to experience the beauty of Skagway and the Yukon Territory away from the crowds.Your guide will lead your caravan to destinations such as Pitchfork Falls, Moore Bridge, Dead Horse Gulch, Bracket Wagon Trail, and Tormented Valley.  Additionally, you will visit the historic village of Carcross, named after the narrow Caribou crossing at the headwaters of the mighty Yukon River. After a short break, your caravan will travel to The World’s Smallest Desert, and finally, the highlight of this adventure, Emerald Lake, known for its vivid turquoise water.  You will also enjoy an Alaskan style snack prior to hearing the story of Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, Skagway’s most notorious outlaw, on your return trip to Skagway.  This spellbinding adventure crosses an international border.  You must bring your Passport and driver’s license.  Remember to bring a camera and some friends for this five-hour adventure. Your adventure ends at downtown Skagway or your ship dock

$302.50 Outdoor Activities

DIY Jeep Tour

• Pick your Jeep up at your convenience anytime after 7:30am at State St and 2nd Avenue • Drive the Klondike Highway into Canada all the way to Emerald Lake! • View waterfalls such as Pitchfork Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, & International Falls • Wildlife spotting possible including bears, caribou, elk, linx, eagles, moose, sheep & mountain goats • Venture deep into the Yukon Territory seeing a huge variety of landscapes and views • See Tutshi Lake, Carcross Desert, Lake Bennett, Emerald Lake & much more! • Take a picnic lunch or have lunch in Carcross, Yukon Territory • Plan at least 5-6 hours for you journey to Emerald Lake and back to Skagway! • Jeep Wrangler seats up to 5 people in your party with trunk area for backpacks and gear. • Jeep rental includes, maps, mile-by-mile guide as well as audio CD

$1480.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Yukon and Alaska Summits 5-Day Golden Aurora Circle Tour

Experience native culture and lifestyle by visiting local museums and traditional fishing villages. Both passes, White Pass and Chilkat Pass were used during the Klondike Gold Rush. The towns of Carcross and Skagway still retain the character of those times.Starting in Whitehorse with the more rounded mountains of the Yukon’s interior valley, the South Klondike Highway rises as you approach Carcross and the Southern Lakes region. The road borders some of these large, long, beautiful lakes before rising over the rugged coastal mountains and then descending into the Alaskan Coast, where Skagway and Haines is located. The Haines Road follows the wide valley of the Chilkat River until it steeply rises through thick forests to the magnificent mountain scenery of the Chilkat Pass. Kluane National Park and Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains Canada’s highest mountains and the largest non-polar icefield in the world.Day 1: Arrival WhitehorseAfter airport pickup, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Optionally, you are welcome to join one of the most sought-after Northern experiences, a Yukon vacation is only complete with a viewing of the Aurora Borealis cascading across the Yukon night sky. Accommodation: WhitehorseDay 2: SkagwayOn your way to Skagway, stop at the smallest desert in the world, the Carcross desert. Visit Carcross, a charming lakeshore village teeming with gold-rush and First Nations history. Optionally, you can join the famous White Pass and Yukon Route small-track train on the way to Skagway. Accommodation: SkagwayDay 3: Skagway - HainesExplore Skagway and Dye, the start of the Chilkoot Trail. Via ferry, travel through the Lynn Fjord. With some luck, you may see seals, whales, bald eagles and the giant Alaska brown bears, making this area their home. Haines is a picturesque fishing village. Accommodation: HainesDay 4: Haines – Haines JunctionLeaving Haines, the road travels along the braided banks of the Chilkat River. This is North America’s best eagle viewing area. The historic Klukshu Village is inhabited in the summer months only and there might be an opportunity to see Salmon in the river and to taste some traditional bread called bannock or smoked salmon. Accommodation: Haines JunctionDay 5: Haines Junction – WhitehorseVisit the Kluane National Park Visitor Information Centre for interpretive displays and an audio-visual presentation. Depending on the level of interest among the passengers, your tour operator can also organize a spectacular flight by bush plane over the immense glaciers of the park (optional). Return to Whitehorse in the early afternoon.