Skagway

In 1896, gold was discovered in Canada’s Yukon Territory, which kicked off a stampede of adventurous and brave prospectors who flocked north by the thousands during what has come to be known as the last great gold rush. Skagway, at the time of discovery just a teeny tiny settlement at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal, served as the jumping-off point for the long, arduous journey over the snowcapped Coast Mountains to the Klondike gold fields. A boomtown if ever there was one, Skagway saw its population surge to over 10,000 in just two years. By 1898, locals were frequenting newly established stores and saloons on well-laid-out streets bordered by wooden sidewalks. Today, visitors will find the boomtown to be perfectly preserved, thanks to the efforts of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The glorious wilderness surrounding the townsite offers limitless adventures that celebrate the pioneering spirit of the bygone era.

Skagway

Getting Ashore

From the cruise ship docks, it’s a short and easy 10-minute walk into the heart of Skagway. A shuttle runs frequently between the pier and the town center.

Fast Fact

Located roughly 100 miles north of Juneau, Skagway is the northernmost port along Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Port Shopping

Many shops are located on Broadway between 2nd and 7th avenues.

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White Pass & Yukon Route Railway Depot

The railroad depot is the starting point for the 20-plus-mile train ride with dramatic panoramas of glaciers, cliffs, gorges, waterfalls, and the impressive White Pass Summit, 2,865 feet above sea level.

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Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The outlandish facade of this structure makes it one of the most photographed buildings in Alaska.

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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

The protected habitat is situated about 20 miles from Skagway alongside the shallow, never-freezing, narrow Chilkat River.

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Skagway Mountain And Train
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Skagway: Rich in Gold Rush History

In 1896, gold was discovered in Canada’s Yukon Territory, which kicked off a stampede of adventurous prospectors during what has come to be known as the last great gold rush. Skagway, then...
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Go Wild in Skagway

While Skagway’s history is the deserved focus of many tours, the surrounding wilderness is simply unmatched. Don’t pass up a chance to explore it....

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White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway is Skagway’s most popular attraction and rightfully so. It was built in 1898—against all odds—up and ov...

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Embark on a dynamic helicopter ride as you soar high above Skagway’s rugged terrain before landing on Denver Glacier for an exhilarating dog-sledding voyage.

Delight in Skagway’s breathtaking mountain scenery and explore the fascinating history of the area as you travel along the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.


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Downtown Skagway

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Where
Along Broadway

What
Native art, Alaskan treasures, gold souvenirs, and more

Currency
U.S. dollars


Brands in Skagway

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Bremont

Bremont

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Diamonds International

Bulova

Bulova

Chopard

Chopard

Color Diamonds By Effy

Color Diamonds By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Danyal Paraiba

Danyal Paraiba

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Milano Diamond Gallery

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Divina Yellow Diamonds

Divina Yellow Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Ernst Benz

Ernst Benz

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

Fope

Fope

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Hublot

Hublot

Kabana

Kabana

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Diamonds International

Korite Ammolite

Korite Ammolite

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Diamonds International

Le Vian

Le Vian

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Movado

Movado

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Shinola

Shinola

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

Zenith

Zenith

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Diamonds International

Did You Know?

The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway is recognized as an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty.