Welcome to Skagway


During the 1898 gold rush, 40,000 stampeders passed through the nascent settlement; they were a sometimes-unsavory cast of characters who lived against a backdrop of brothels, gunfights and debauched entertainment wilder than the Wild West. Today, the main actors are seasonal workers, waitstaff posing in period costume and storytelling national-park rangers. Indeed, most of the town’s important buildings are managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and this, along with Skagway's location on the cusp of a burly wilderness with trails (including the legendary Chilkoot) leading off in all directions, has saved it from overt Disneyfication. Dive in and join the show.


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$115.50 Shore Excursions

Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon

When your cruise ship docks in Skagway, begin your adventure by by mini-bus up the Klondike Highway north to the US/Canadian border, which parallels the 1898 Gold Rush Trail. Cross into Canada and traverse through the spectacular Northern Boreal Forest, which includes Bove Island, Tutshi Lake and Tagish Lake. We will have many photo stops the route, including the White Pass Summit and Welcome to Alaska and Welcome to the Yukon signs.  Near Carcross see the beautiful beach at Lake Bennett and unique Carcross Desert, the "World's Smallest Desert".  Emerald Lake, our turnaround point, is a gorgeous gem of the Yukon!For our lunch stop we visit Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum where you can relax and enjoy a tasty, satisfying lunch of baked chicken with BBQ sauce, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner rolls, donuts and coffee (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free option of lentil curry also available). After lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in the North Country. As you stroll through the 9,000-square foot (2743-square meter) museum, you will find the quality of the wildlife exhibits to be truly remarkable. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age recreations to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also, included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.  There are also displays on Gold Rush and Canadian Mountie history.Also at Caribou Crossing is a sled dog camp featuring the lovable Huskies preparing for the Yukon Quest dog sled race. Spend some time with the dogs and interact with the adorable puppies!  As you journey both to and from Skagway, keep your eye out for possible wildlife sightings, such as bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and mountain goats.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$80.85 Shore Excursions

Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Frontier Excursions & Adventures, Skagway, AlaskaSightseeing bus tour with Frontier Excursions & AdventuresDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Yukon Suspension Bridge, Stikine Region, British ColumbiaView and cross Suspension BridgeDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Welcome to Alaska signPhoto opportunity at White Pass Summit at Welcome to Alaska sign.Duration: 10 minutes

$54.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Skagway, White Pass Summit, Tormented Valley Shore Excursion

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Frontier Excursions & Adventures, Skagway, AlaskaNarrated mini-bus tour with Frontier Excursions & AdventuresDuration: 3 hoursPass By: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AlaskaDriving through historic city center of Skagway that is part of the National Historical Park.Pass By: Pitchfork Falls, Skagway, AlaskaView of WaterfallStop At: Bridal Veil FallsView roadside WaterfallDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Welcome to Alaska signPhoto stop at White Pass Summit with Welcome to Alaska signDuration: 10 minutes

$115.50 Outdoor Activities

Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

This guided 2.0-mile (3.2-km) hike on the world-famous Chilkoot Trail runs through spectacular temperate rainforest. It’s a moderate-strenuous hike and is fairly steep over uneven terrain for the first half mile (0.8 km), going uphill for about 300 feet elevation (92 meters) and then back downhill the same elevation and distance, with the remaining mile on level ground for the last mile. This is an active tour for people wanting to get some good exercise with great scenery and beautiful nature surroundings.Your guide will point out wildlife and native plants and tell stories of Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. Retrace the footsteps of stampeding prospectors who bypassed Skagway's White Pass Trail, to hike the Chilkoot Trail in order to reach the headwaters of the Yukon River. The Chilkoot Trail was the most direct route leading from the Skagway/Dyea area to the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon.At the end of the hike, you will board an eight-eleven man rubber raft with your guide for a peaceful river float through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park on the Taiya River, which runs parallel to the historic Chilkoot Trail. As you continue floating down the Taiya River, you will see little evidence of human civilization. However, you may see or hear signs of wildlife, including bears, otters, salmon and eagles, all of which make their homes in the Taiya River Valley.After your Taiya River float, you will be treated to a riverbank snack before ending your adventure back in Skagway and boarding your cruise ship.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$39 Outdoor Activities

White Pass Deluxe Tour from Skagway

Begin your tour with convenient pickup from the docks or a designated meeting place. See downtown Skagway, a quaint city comprised of 6.5-blocks. Go to the Gold Rush Cemetery. Hear tales of Soapy Smith and Frank Reed from your knowledgeable guide. Head up the mountain with stops at various overlooks, such as Trail of 98, Frazier Valley and Bridal Vail Falls. Bring a bottle to get glacier water. Look for goats and bears at Moore Bridge. Stop at the Welcome to Alaska sign and city overlook for great photos. Prepare to go through U.S. Customs on the way down the mountain. Remember to bring your passport. Return to your original departure point at the end of the tour.This tour is in Skagway and departs from Skagway. If your ship is docked in Haines then you will have to book Haines to Skagway Fast Ferry at your own expense. There will be no refunds for missed tours due to not having passports or not being in Skagway at the time of tour departure. 

$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.