Skagway Travel Guide

  • The White Pass Yukon narrow gauge train.
    The White Pass Yukon narrow gauge train.
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  • The Skagway fish Company.
    The Skagway fish Company.
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Skagway Things to Do

  • Historic Lake Bennett area

    There are no roads leading to Lake Bennett. The only way you can get there is by hiking the Chilkoot trail all the way from Skagway, paddling down the lake from Carcross, or riding the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway train like we did. Back in the Klondike days, the town of Bennett grew to an impressive size since it was located at the end of the...

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  • White Pass & Yukon Route railroad...

    This was without a doubt the highlight of our 10-day trip to Alaska & the Yukon. Back in 1898, construction of the White Pass railroad began to bring gold rushers from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. It seemed like an impossible thing to do, but railroad engineer Michael J. Heney's quote is now famous: “Give me enough dynamite and I’ll build...

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  • The Red Onion Saloon & Brothel Museum

    The reason why I'm putting this tip in the Things to do section rather than the Nightlife one is that it's much more fun to visit the Red Onion Saloon in the daytime, when the place is packed with people coming off the cruiseships, which makes for a loud and rowdy atmosphere, just as it should be given the history of the place. The Red Onion Saloon...

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Skagway Hotels

  • Westmark Inn

    Third & Spring Street, Skagway, Alaska, 99840-0515, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

Skagway Restaurants

  • Good food,food beer, what more could you...

    The origins of the Skagway Brewing Co. can be traced back to 1897, when brew master Herman Barthel came to Skagway to meet the demands of thousands of thirsty gold rushers. When Skagway's population began to decline after the Gold Rush, the brewery eventually ran out of business and had to cease its operations. About 100 years later, local resident...

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  • What a disappointment!

    We had to be at the train station early to get on the White Pass Railroad train, but our friends insisted we had breakfast at the Sweet Tooth Cafe before leaving Skagway. It looked like a charming place and I figured that 45 minutes would be more than enough to eat breakfast so we agreed to go. There were many things on the menu that looked...

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  • The Patio is Where to Be!

    This cafe and the neighboring Skagway Fish House are on the path from town to the cruise docks. Despite this they both are more than tourist spots, drawing a large number of locals. The Stowaway has recently been sold, so let's hope that the new owners keep up the standards. It's not a large menu, but always includes breakfast items for those of us...

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Skagway Nightlife

  • Closing Moe's

    Moe's is the quintessential local dive watering hole...Skagway style..it's dank and smokey and a whole lotta fun (cept for the smoke).Moe's has been open since 1915 and rumor has it that this is the last year... You have to be dressed , I think

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  • i'm going to the "R.O."

    By day its a busy touristy bar, restaurant and also brothel tours...5 bucks for 15 minutes just like in 1898. At night its mostly locals and seasonal workers enjoying great beers and pizza and smoke free as of 2006!!!.... in this classic gold rush saloon. Entertainment, jam nights, charity functions (including a yearly 'drag show') that is the...

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  • Hammered at the "R.O"

    The Red Onion goes back over 100 years, the site of an old brothel..its a great locals place as well as tourists...great food as well...pizza and hummos.....mmmmm hummos..and a killer bar...During the day you can take guided tour of the brothel.."5 bucks for 15 minutes...just like in 1898" lots a tourists in daytime...at night its more of a classic...

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Skagway Transportation

  • Walk on Fast Ferries

    A lot of people enter into Skagway via walk on fast ferry and Chilkat Cruises is a good option for this. They run a regular service between Haines and Skagway.Here I am aboard one of the fast ferries entering Skagway harbour.

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  • The Skagway/Haines Fast Ferry

    Chilkat Cruises runs two 150-passenger high speed jet catamarans that make the35 minute crossings between Haines and Skagway up to 28 times per day. This would be a great day trip from either community. This is the most scenic portion of the inside passage. Each cruise is staffed by a native naturalist. On the weekends the same ships make the 2.5...

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  • Renting a Car in Skagway

    Avis Car Rental is located in Skagway at 3rd and Spring street. At $75/day, it is not cheap. A tour for two over to Carcross would cost you $160. The train is scenic and historic adventure to all I talked to on the trip, but you will see much more by car than by train. The train turns around at White Pass which is less than the halfway point on our...

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Skagway Shopping

  • Shopping on Broadway

    Enjoy the old building and boardwalks because 90% of the stores sell items NOT made in Alaska. The buildings are fun though. Check the windows for signs that say Alaska owned. There is one jewelry store whose items are made in Alaska, and most of the Ulu knives are also, but be careful if you are trying to buy locally. The Ulu Knife is an Alaska...

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  • Stay out of the cookie cutter jewelry...

    Shop changed owners to Janet--the most beautiful red hair you've ever seen--still the same great selection. A great atmosphere of local art work ranging from prints, original flat work, jewelry, carvings and one of a kind pieces. Nothing "made in China" or mass produced. My friend works here and sells her glass work "donnabadonna"--very cool...

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  • Camp Skagway

    Predictably, Skagway's main industry is tourism. Here's just one of many souvenir shops, this one called Camp Skagway. The entire front of the building is faced with pieces of driftwood.At all our stops we found friendly shopkeepers selling a wide selection of wares at fair prices. Although tourism clearly drives the area's economy, we didn't feel...

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Skagway Local Customs

  • Solstice amongst us

    The longest day of the year is of course June 21st and in Alaska people celebrate it like its New Year's Eve. In Fairbanks they play a special baseball game at midnight...with no lights...Anchorage rocks like its the last day on earth!! Skagway has a nice all day celebration near 7th Pasture, commemorating this, the longest day of daylight...

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  • Conversations Overheard at Moe's...

    Stealing the BlackbirdsThe locals at Moe's Frontier Bar were busy plotting a scheme during our visit. The scheme is to fly to Haines from Skagway to steel the blackbird figurines behind the local bar. You see, Moes has no birds. The Pioneer Bar in Haines has one. (They recently stole one from Juneau) Juneau has three. (I believe they are in the...

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Skagway Warnings and Dangers

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    by lucythedog Written May 28, 2007

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    If ya ring it, ya gotta buy the WHOLE PLACE a drink!!! Thats right...if you dare to ring that bell that is is most all of the bars in all of Alaska...you better break out your credit card, cuz you just bought 62 of your best friends a drink of THEIR choice....and they will hold ya to it...don't think for a second that they won't...you have been warned...

    ring the bell & check limit on yer credit card do ya really want to buy ALL these drunks, drinks?
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Skagway Tourist Traps

  • Canadians cannot rent a car to go to...

    I read on line the following from a Cruisemates page for Skagway"Whitehorse in the Yukon is a two hour drive from Skagway and makes a good day trip by car. Canadian citizens should note that you cannot drive into the Yukon from Alaska in a car rented in Alaska so you'll need to stay on the Alaska side of the border when renting in Skagway."We...

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  • Salmon Fishing....????

    A fishing trip based out of Skagway Oh, I could get some folks mad at me for this one but I must be honest. With so many tours to choose from and so many other ports to fish from...skip Skagway for the fishing. I'm a boater and from experience you will not have smooth waters by any resemblance of the word not to mention the area is not know for...

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  • "made in China"

    Any of the gift shops that carry fake Alaskan art. If you see a totem pole for a few dollars look at where it was "poored". If you are on a buget--buy something small like an abalone shell and wrap it in a 50%off t-shirt (all over the place). Most of these gift shops are run by out of staters just wanting to sell cheap products and have nothing to...

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Skagway What to Pack

  • Layers Layers Layers

    The weather changes quickly here so expect anything!!! Raincoat, windbreaker, sweatshirt, fleece, T-shirts No hospital in Skagway or pharmacy...bring your meds! Digital camera and leave lotsa room for zillions of pics good hiking boots, great trails nearby!

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  • Packing for late Spring

    Bring Layers. I packed a rain/weather proof jacket, a fleece jacket and then various short and long sleeve shirts. That way I could start off heavy and gradually peel off clothes if the weather happened to be nice that day. I would also suggest weather proof walking shoes. In late spring we still ran into some snow at high elevations. Digital...

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  • Pack Light and Casual

    Maximum of two per person both of which will pass the carry-on test. Pack for half the trip. Do laundry if you need to, or better don't take anything you wouldn't wear twice and could combine to make a new outfit. Alaska is most definitely not a fashion show. Layers Layers LayersGood hiking boots or very comfortable walking shoes with good soles...

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Skagway Off The Beaten Path

  • WILDERNESS CABOOSE CABIN

    This caboose cabin came into sight as the White Pass & Yukon Route train rounded a bend high in the pass. The train conductor said that the Caboose is available to rent out and is fully capable of rooming tenants up to six people, but getting back to town is only when the train comes by.If you enjoy the peaceful calm of only the animals and nature...

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  • Skagway in the evening

    Most visitors don't get to see how quiet Skagway becomes once the cruise ships have departed in the late afternoon. If time allows you to do so, I'd recommend spending an evening in Skagway to see the town under a completely different light. Broadway Avenue especially takes on the eerie feeling of a ghost town, being so full of action during the...

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  • White Pass Railroad trip

    Since this was a round-trip I decided it didn't belong under transportation. And it certainly is off the beaten path. We were enormously fortunate that it was a beautiful sunny morning when we took the trip. We booked the summit round-trip through our cruise line, Holland America and chose the 8:30am trip, which we did not regret as the perfect...

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Skagway Sports & Outdoors

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    by Colewade Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are three excellent and EASY day hikes from Skagway.

    Lower Dewey Lake departs from downtown and circles a beautiful alpine lake with town views along the way. Go east on 2nd Ave. past the railway depot. Turn left and walk between the creek and the tracks about 100 meters north to the trailhead(0.7 mile to lake; 2 miles around lake, 1-2 hours)

    Reids Falls starts in the Gold Rush Cemetary, north of town, and continues for two miles to this lower portion of a very substantial waterfall. (2 hours, 4 miles round trip)

    Yukatania Point is a beautiful walk (1.5 hour rt) along the rocky coast to a particularly nice picnic area and view point. Walk west along 1st Ave. and around the south end of the airport runway. Cross the foot bridge and turn left, following the trail past the exercise stations. Continue along the narrow footpath to Yakutania Point picnic area and viewpoint.

    There are other much more challenging local trails that also may interest you. Check out the Klondike National Hostorical Park link below. You can also get more information on hiking the Chilkoot Trail at this site.

    Equipment: A layered outfit with long pants hard soled shoes or hiking boots. Rain gear. You may need the extra layers on the waterfront or at high elevations.

    Lower Dewey Lake
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Skagway Favorites

  • Tread lightly

    There's lots of graves in the Gold Rush Cemetery, located at the far side of town. Please respect the dead and watch where you tread. For you could be stepping on one of the few "unknown" graves that are scattered about. Such a shame, that no one remembers these people. But dead and forgotten, that's how it is for most.

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  • Hiking towards the Dewey Falls

    If you're on a cruise ship, which most likely you will be, it's a long walk into town. The pier's so far from it. Keep walking towards the right hand side where the mountains are, past the railroad tracks. You'll come to a set of trails, these trails will eventually lead you to Dewey Falls. It's a nice tranquil place. You wouldn't have known there...

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  • At the dogsledding camp!

    Once we took off from Skagway, the pilot took us up into Denver Glacier. It was here that we landed and proceeded by a special vehicle to the camp. My favorite thing about Skagway was this very excursion I took. It was expensive but worth it. Once you arrive at camp, you're escorted by a short walk to it. You're greeted by the mushers. These...

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Explore Deeper into Skagway
Chilkoot Trail: Follow the steps of Stampeders!
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Self-guided walking tour of Skagway
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Don't miss Lower Reid Falls!
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Gold Rush Cemetery
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Shopping on Broadway Avenue
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Shopping on Broadway
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Crab Legs Galore:)
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A Local Hangout
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Good Atmosphere and Food
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Watch the family learn to fish.
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Time to sail!
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Internet access.
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Try the King Crab legs.
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Skagway Self Guided Walking Tour.
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Fishing.
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Haines - Wildlife tour 3.
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Haines - Wildlife tour 2.
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Haines - Wildlife tour.
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Take the ferry to Haines.
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White Pass Ukon train trip.
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Skagway Street Car Tour.
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The Arctic Brotherhood building.
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Red Onion Brothel tours!
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Our first view of Skagway.
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Sailing to Skagway.
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Mascot Saloon
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Yukon Gold Rush National Historical Site Museum
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Lower Dewey Lake Trail
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
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Klondike Highway
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Gold Rush Cemetery
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Save Big Money on Tours: Toursaver Coupon Books
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WHITE PASS & YUKON ROUTE
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TAKE TO THE AIR TO SEE THE GLACIERS
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Whitehorse Pass & Yukon Railway
Off The Beaten Path
White Pass & Yukon Rail-Bus Combo
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SKAGWAY MUSEUM
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CAMP SKAGWAY
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FREE WALKING TOUR!
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SNOW PLOUGH
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Map of Skagway

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