Few one-time boomtowns retain the flavor of the gold rush days like Skagway. This gateway to the Klondike is preserved as a national historic park with its rustic boardwalk and frontier-style storefronts. Due to its geographic location, Skagway enjoys a drier climate compared to the rest of southeastern Alaska, with an average annual precipitation of only 22 inches.
Possessing one of the oldest narrow-gauge railroads in the world, Skagway retains the flavor of days gone by and remains an important link to Alaska's rich history.
The Arctic Brotherhood Hall is the only remaining example of turn-of-the-century Alaskan driftwood architecture. Other buildings like the Trail of '98 Museum, Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History and the Alaskan Wildlife Adventure and Museum present different facets of prospecting times.
Lower Dewey Lake
Before hitting the famous Chilkoot Trail, there are other well-marked trails to try. Hiking to Lower Dewey Lake is an easy, 20-minute climb to break in your sea legs.