Skagway Tourist Attractions
The antique gold rush town of Skagway is part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. 9 miles west of Skagway is Dyea, another part of the park, where the Chilkoot Trail begins. Jack London was one of thousands who climbed the treacherous trail to get to the gold fields of the Yukon, another 430 miles north.Today Skagway can be reached by air, road or sea. The Klondike Highway meets the Alcan Highway near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. A small airport in Skagway is serviced by two year round airlines and an additional flightseeing airline and helicopter service in summer. The famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, built up the steep mountains at the height of the gold rush, still runs in the summer.The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry runs year round from Bellingham, Washington to Skagway, Alaska. The route winds up the famous Inside Passage and views of whales, dolphins, seals, bald eagles and other wildlife are common.In summer, flightseeing over the town and the glaciers is available as well as and trips over Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier dog-sledding is extremely popular. In town, city bus tours go past gardens, restored antique buildings, historic cemeteries and overlooks. Stops include tours of a real gold dredge from the Yukon, a garden tour with glass-blowing and a miniature train, museums and waterfalls.The Skagway Visitor Center has maps and walking tours available and is located downtown - but the downtown is only 6 blocks long and 2 blocks wide, so getting around on foot is the way most folks see Skagway. Shopping and walking the town is the most popular activity, free guided walking tours by the park rangers and a printed walking tour guide are available. Both the Skagway Museum and the Park Service Visitor Center have movies on the gold rush and the building of the Alcan Highway in World War II.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park maintains 15 restored buildings in the Skagway historic district to commemorate the Klondike Gold Rush from 1897-98.The park is also home to the Chilkoot Trail and White Pass. Visitors can attempt to hike the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail which begins at the Taiya River bridge.White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad Depot, one of Alaska's oldest, houses the visitor center. Two films are shown, the first is about the gold rush and the second is about hiking the Chilkoot Trail.
Address: Box 517, Skagway, AK 99840, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Sep 30: 8am-6pm
Oct 1 to Apr 30: 8am-5pm
Oct 1 to Apr 30: 8am-5pm
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Visitor Center is open daily early May - late September 8 AM - 6 PM. Fees are in place for using the campground and hiking the Chilkoot Trail.
Days of '98 Show with Soapy Smith
Days of '98 Show with Soapy Smith is a musical comedy which recreates the days of the gold rush. The event features a mock shoot out and mock card game with Soapy's money.
Jewell Garden is an organice vegetable and flower show garden. There is also a glassblowing studio on the grounds that is open to the public.
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