White Pass Scenic Railway
SGY-200 | Skagway, Alaska |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
You will see:
Approx. 3.5 hours
Experience the most popular attraction in Skagway! Convenient dockside service allows you to board alongside the ship instead of making your own way to the train depot. Your fully narrated, 40-mile round-trip adventure on the historic, narrow gauge railroad is an unforgettable way to see the beauty of the area and to learn its colorful history.
The White Pass & Yukon Route is unlike any other railroad. Against all odds, the iron trail was carved through some of the North's most rugged terrain in 1898. Built during the Klondike Gold Rush, this engineering wonder is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, an honor shared with the Eiffel Tower, the Panama Canal and the Statue of Liberty. Considered an impossible feat, the railway was completed in 26 months by blasting through the mountains with 450 tons of explosives. The 110-mile railroad was officially completed when a final golden spike was hammered into place on July 29, 1900 in Carcross, Yukon.
The fully restored cars, pulled by vintage diesel locomotives, climb nearly 3,000 feet over 20 miles of steep grades and around cliff hanging turns. You'll retrace the original route to the White Pass summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch. Take in the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from your large, picture windows. As you travel, the train agent serves as your guide, recounting fascinating tales of Gold Rush history. You'll even see the original Klondike Trail of '98 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls who passed this way in search of fortune.
At the completion of your excursion, convenient dockside service returns you directly to your ship.
No ID is required as you do not disembark the train at the summit. Actual tour duration varies between 3 and 3.5 hours depending on traffic on the train tracks.
This tour can accommodate electric wheelchairs and scooters. Passengers with disabilities must contact the onboard Tour Office 48 hours prior to the excursion so that arrangements may be made to meet their particular needs.
Provided: All Aboard souvenir magazine, bottled water
Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
12 years & under only