Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields for the thousands who flocked to Alaska and the Yukon with the hope of striking it rich. Skagway may have boasted the shortest route to the Klondike, but it wasn't the easiest.
Over 100 years ago, the White Pass route through the Coast Mountains and the shorter but steeper Chilkoot Trail were used by countless stampeders. Many a would-be miner perished on the treacherous Chilkoot Trail.
The gold rush was a boon and by 1898, Skagway was Alaska's largest town with a population of about 20,000. Hotels, saloons, dance halls and gambling houses prospered. But when the gold yield dwindled in 1900, so did the population as miners quickly shifted to new finds in Nome.
Today, Skagway has less than 1,000 residents. It still retains the flavor of the gold rush era.
The "Scenic Railway of the World" links Skagway with Yukon, Canada. A 41-mile roundtrip offers an unforgettable journey to the summit of the White Pass at nearly 3,000 feet in elevation.
Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go for a ride on a dog sled, horseback riding, hiking, river rafting, flightseeing, ziplining and more.
The Klondike Summit, also called the White Pass Summit rises 3,292 feet above sea level along the Klondike Highway. The journey, running parallel to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, offers breathtaking views of waterfalls, glaciers, scenic vistas and glimpses of the original Brackett Wagon Road and Tormented Valley.
Gold Rush History
Relive the color and history of the Yukon Gold Rush. Tour the camps, pan for gold or meet a few costumed characters who'll show you what life was like during the boom-town days in the 1800s.
Yukon is a wilderness playground with an extensive network of waterways. On the scenic 65-mile drive from Skagway, the lush coastal landscape gives way to rugged wilderness. Its capital, Whitehorse, is the center for the Yukon's mining and forestry industries.
Pristine beauty and an abundance of wildlife define Haines. Just 14 miles from Skagway by water, the town is renowned for huge convocations of bald eagles and one of the planet's longest fjords.
Red Onion Saloon
During the Klondike Gold Rush, the Red Onion Saloon was Skagway's most exclusive bordello. Now this colorful establishment is a bar/restaurant and a National Historic Building.
Meet professional mushers and their amazing canine companions in an introduction to Alaska's state sport. Take a flight to a glacier to experience flying over the snow, or visit the summertime training grounds for a ride in a wheeled sled.
Special Child Pricing Available! Children age 12 and younger, savings up to 50%.
Local Connections: Skagway Street Car City Tour with Storyteller
1.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-150S G Y - 1 5 0
Gold Rush History
Experience Skagway on Alaska's original city historical tour for an informative fun-filled 90 minutes "To All Points of Interest!" Led by a costumed storyteller, you'll tour the historic district, visit the Scenic Overlook and the Gold Rush Cemetery and witness a recounting of the notorious Soapy Smith gunfight.
Follow the original Gold Rush Trail of '98 up one of North America's most breathtaking mountain roads on this narrated excursion along the scenic Klondike Highway with numerous photo opportunities and views from the top of the 3,290 foot-high West White Pass Summit.
Local Connections: Ghosts & Goodtime Girls Walking Tour Created by Madam Jan
2 hours | Skagway | SGY-380S G Y - 3 8 0
Gold Rush History
Red Onion Saloon
Step back in time with one of the funny and informative "madams" of the Red Onion Saloon on a guided walking tour of Skagway that finishes with a tour of the establishment's haunted brothel museum created by saloon owner and "head madam," Jan Wrentmore.
Step back in time and soak in Skagway's colorful beginnings and scenic views. This entertaining tour unveils Skagway's gold rush history and its striking mountains on a drive along the Klondike Highway to the 3,290-foot White Pass summit. You'll also take in a show that portrays Skagway's history with singing, dancing, comedy and drama.
Easy Skagway: City, Summit & The Days of '98 Show (Wheelchair Accessible)
3.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-101S G Y - 1 0 1
Gold Rush History
Step back in time and soak in Skagway's colorful beginnings and scenic views. This entertaining tour unveils Skagway's gold rush history and its striking mountains on a drive along the Klondike Higway to the 3,290-foot White Pass summit. You'll also take in a show that portrays Skagway's history with singing, dancing, comedy and drama.
Relive the exciting days of saloons and dance halls, shootouts and lynch mobs, floozies and cancan girls on a fun-filled tour through Skagway's colorful history. Visit some of Skagway's unique attractions -- the Gold Rush Cemetery, Skagway Museum and breakfast at the historic Red Onion Saloon.
Thrill to the excitement of the Gold Rush when you explore a recreated tent city complete with entertainment and the opportunity to pan for gold. Follow the Trail of '98, the route of countless prospectors on a scenic drive along the Klondike Highway to the 3,290-foot White Pass summit.
Local Connections: Hands-On Kitchen Science with Alaskan Chef
2.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-315S G Y - 3 1 5
Meet Karl Klupar, the chef and owner of The Historic Skagway Inn as he takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at the science that transforms Alaska's farm and seafood items into delicious meals. Conduct fascinating food experiments, taste freshly caught fish and make your own gourmet ice cream.
Calling all novice and serious photographers - grab your camera for an intimate look at Alaska's natural wonders led by a professional instructor. Visit one awe-inspiring setting after another while picking up valuable tips and techniques to enhance your unforgettable images.
Join expert mountaineering guides for this award-winning excursion. Climb the granite walls of the White Pass; all abilities welcome. Choose from over a dozen climbing routes and a 70-foot rappel on this 3 1/4-hour adventure. No experience required for this surefire thriller!
Take part in an immersive activity amongst truly breathtaking beauty! Join our expert guides on an approximately 3 1/4-hour exhilarating experience in an Alaskan adventure park. Traverse a suspension bridge, maneuver along a raised balance beam and propel through the air on a series of ziplines - it's an experience you won't forget!
Celebrate the stunning beauty of the Klondike as you explore its majestic vistas, ascend the White Pass Summit and thrill to the spectacular Yukon Suspension Bridge, 57 feet above the roaring rapids. Then, enjoy a savory salmon bake feast prepared in a recreation of a tent city from 1898.
Venture beyond downtown Skagway to experience an explosion of flowers, a hand-blown glass art show and tantalizing organic cuisine! This easy, three-hour tour is a magical blend for art lovers, gardeners and model train buffs alike. And you can shop for glass art creations made on site and enjoy gourmet treats with some ingredients fresh from the garden.
Legends & Lies: Gold Rush Saloon Experience & City Tour
2.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-320S G Y - 3 2 0
Gold Rush History
Step back in time to the days when Skagway was a wild gold rush town with a visit to the historic Skagway Inn, home of the infamous Saloon Room. Learn to make spirited concoctions, enjoy a light snack, and uncover tales of drama, despair and desperadoes that surround this landmark.
Calling kids of all ages – learn what it takes to be an authentic musher, play with cute sled dogs, make s'mores over an open fire, and breathe in the air scented with pine needles after an entertaining tour through downtown Skagway and along the stunning coast.
Experience the majestic, 3,290-foot White Pass Summit and Canada's legendary Yukon and visit the Yukon Suspension Bridge on this unforgettable guided tour. Motorcoach through breathtaking scenery, historic passages and into a picturesque Native town. A delicious BBQ lunch and abundant photo opportunities complete this exhilarating day.
Thrill to a two-hour ocean rafting adventure that has you racing through the spectacular Lynn Canal, America's deepest and longest fjord. Get up close to the rugged shoreline for awe-inspiring views of sparkling waterfalls, coves and abundant wildlife. Multiple photo stops and naturalist's commentary enhance this exciting Alaskan wilderness experience.
Complete your Alaska adventure by experiencing Alaska's state sport! This easy half-day tour features a dog sled ride in the Tongass National Forest. And there's a "Kennel Talk" with mushers at an authentic summer training camp, puppy play time, a crackling fire, and time to browse the gift shop!
Enjoy a scenic cruise aboard a catamaran to Haines where you'll join professional sea-kayak guides in a paddling adventure on Chilkoot Lake, one of Alaska's most pristine and treasured places, during this 6-hour tour of immense natural beauty.
A scenic cruise to Haines sets the stage for this breathtaking tour. Renowned naturalists, magnificent wildlife and an exploration of six ecosystems - ocean, estuary, river, lake, muskeg and rainforest - await in this area aptly nicknamed the "Valley of the Eagles."
Presented in multiple languages, travel the famous Gold Rush route and discover the beauty of some of North America's most scenic vistas. Travel by coach up the Klondike Highway along the spectacular St. Elias Range into British Columbia. Then, hop aboard the famous White Pass & Yukon Railway for breathtaking views of mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Available: Español, Deutsch, Français, Português, het Nederlands, Japanese, Mandarin and English.
Get the adrenaline pumping for an incredible adventure of gravity-defying, zip-lining fun! Whoosh over treetops and soar like an eagle through a course of ten ziplines and four suspension bridges that dangle above glacially-fed waterfalls.
Experience a quintessential Alaska adventure with the opportunity to view brown bears foraging along a scenic river during an evening in Haines. This tour is only offered during the peak of the salmon spawning in August and September and has limited availability.
Rev your engines on an exciting Razor-style UTV adventure through the remote Alaska wilderness in Haines and and along trails with scenic mountain and river views. Bring a camera, as you'll stop at several viewpoints overlooking the Klehini, Tsirku, and Chilkat River Valleys. Savor a picnic lunch before the return to Skagway.
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this dramatic land. Travel the "Scenic Railway of the World" in a vintage railcar, thrill to the sensational Yukon Suspension Bridge 57 feet above the rapids, drive down the historic Klondike Highway and savor lunch amidst the flora and fauna of Jewell Gardens.
Experience the 1898 Gold Rush, as the prospectors never could - in first-class comfort. Retrace the route from Skagway to the Klondike gold fields aboard "The Scenic Railway of the World," then travel via motorcoach along the Klondike Highway. At Dredge Town enjoy gold panning and an authentic BBQ lunch.
Experience the beauty of the legendary White Pass Trail of '98 from different perspectives on this exhilarating guided tour. Travel the Klondike Highway by motorcoach, over the White Pass Summit, into Canada's Yukon and culminate with a thrilling ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. This tour allows you to experience the beauty of the legendary White Pass Trail of '98 from different perspectives.
A motorized boat tour deep into the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve offers a true wilderness experience. Eagles, moose and bear are often sighted for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. The scenery alone is worth the trip for your very own Alaska wilderness experience.
Take the wheel of a four-wheel drive Kawasaki "Mule" as you drive through the lush forest of the pristine Alaska wilderness! Journey along the Takshanuk Mountain Trail on this 6.25-hour adventure - including a scenic cruise to Haines and a hearty lunch.
Local Connections: Golden Glassblowing Experience at Jewell Gardens Designed by Glass Artist
3 hours | Skagway | SGY-360S G Y - 3 6 0
This "hot shop" adventure designed by artist Sam Cornman invites you to create your own glass art in the Last Frontier, complete with real gold in your finished piece. Tea service, lunch or dinner is on the menu - a delicious way to end this unique hands-on experience.
Kroschel Wildlife Refuge - an Animal Planet Exclusive
6.25 hours | Skagway | SGY-370S G Y - 3 7 0
This is an interactive wildlife-viewing experience unlike any other in Alaska. You'll embark on a close encounter of the wild kind as you visit a wildlife park in the heart of the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
Go fishing amidst the magnificent beauty of Chilkoot Lake, a summertime haven for fishermen. The ones you catch make great pictures; the ones that get way make the best stories and the time you spend makes wonderful memories.
Relive life as a prospector on this fun-filled family tour that takes you back in time to the excitement of the Gold Rush. Ride the historic White Pass Railway with a costumed guide and celebrate your adventure at the summit with a one-of-a-kind Klondike toast. Learn to pan for gold and put your new skills to the test in our heated troughs. Meet our mushers and team of dogs and watch them race. Experience the conditions they face in the 40-below chamber. Cuddle the puppies before you go but remember to leave them with us!
Experience the best of Skagway on this extensive tour of its most celebrated sights and attractions. Ride the vintage cars of the White Pass Railway, travel the scenic Klondike Highway, live and eat like a prospector at Liarsville Gold Rush Camp and raise a toast at the infamous Red Onion Saloon.
Soar above southeast Alaska over glaciers and vast spruce-covered expanses accessible only by air en route to an Alaskan dog-sled camp! Meet professional mushers and their amazing canine companions on a unique glacier excursion that combines helicopter flightseeing with dog sledding.
Leave all traces of civilization behind and experience the infinite beauty of southeast Alaska's remote glaciers - accessible only by helicopter! Soar over glaciers and vast expanses of coastal temperate rainforest en route to touching down on a glacier for a guided walking tour of nature's wonders.
This award-winning tour combines a 31-foot voyager canoe ride to the face of a massive glacier with a fjord exploration cruise where you will watch for whales and other wildlife and land on a remote beach. Throughout your adventure the spectacular scenery is unsurpassed.
Burro Creek Waterfall Retreat & Crab Feast - a Discovery Exclusive
3.5 hours | Skagway | SGY-345S G Y - 3 4 5
Satisfy your hunger for spectacular sights, delicious food and cocktails, fascinating demonstrations, and picture-perfect moments with an excursion to Burro Creek Waterfall Lodge. After a cruise across the water you'll join a naturalist for a short hike through a pristine landscape of waterfalls followed by a seaside Dungeness crab and shrimp boil.
Local Connections: White Pass Rail Bennett Lake & Yukon Adventure Created by Train Historian
8 hours | Skagway | SGY-220S G Y - 2 2 0
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
The wilderness beckons you with a 67-mile journey aboard the White Pass Railroad to remote Bennett Lake on an excursion created by train historian Doreen Cooper. Explore this abandoned, gold rush town on a self-guided walk and visit the White Pass Museum.
Get your motor running with an exhilarating ATV adventure through Alaska's breathtaking wilderness! First, cruise down the Lynn Canal to the ATV base camp where you'll be outfitted and ready to hit the road in a rugged ATV. A picnic lunch adds to the day's fun.
Capture the romance of yesteryear aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Sit in first-class luxury, indulge in refreshments and listen to your private guide regale you with tales of the Gold Rush.
Combine a helicopter tour with a ride aboard the historic White Pass narrow-gauge railroad and a hike in the Tongass National Forest. This half-day guided adventure is a perfect mix of exercise and breathtaking scenery.