Skagway – Gateway to the Klondike

I consider Skagway, Alaska as one of the must-sees in the state.  I highly recommended the White Pass and Yukon route Railroad.  This depot was built in 1898 and follow the Trail of ’98.  It was completed in 1900 after the big rush was over.  The train climbs to 2865 feet.  You travel past the Gold Rush Cemetery into Tunnel Mountain past Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch (3,000 pack animals died here of exhaustion).  There is a steel bridge over the White Pass Summit.

Also in town is the National Historical Park Visitor Centre where there is a walking tour map available.  You can learn about Soapy Smith & his gang.  The National Park service has restored many of the original buildings.  Skagway’s most famous trail is the Chilkoot, its entire length taking 3-5 days to hike.

While you are in town don’t forget to taste the local brew at the Red Onion Saloon!  Have a wonderful visit to Skagway!