Things to do in Skagway
Gold Rush Boomtown: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Skagway
Strikeout for gold on a journey back to the rough and seductive roots of the Klondike Gold Rush’s most famous boomtown. This tour will take you from the docks of present-day Skagway to the historic businesses and buildings that comprise this National Park town. We’ll travel back in time to experience Skagway in its heyday when there were wooden boardwalks, ladies of the night calling from windows and gunslingers sidling up to the local bar. You’ll hear stories of the foolhardy stampeders, industrious native guides, quick-thinking ladies, wild west mobsters and desperate entrepreneurs who gave this stretch of Alaska’s coastits living legacy. After the tour, you’ll know a lot more about this quirky frontier town that gets up to one million visitors each summer. This tour is a must for any curious mind looking to discover Skagway’s close connection to the land and entrepreneurial spirit. Join me on an insider’s guide to the Gateway to the Klondike.
Skagway Self-Guided Audio Tour
Explore the historic and exciting city of Skagway in the state of Alaska! A major city during the Gold Rush days, you will learn about the boom that took hold of Skagway at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Centre. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this fascinating city. On this audio tour you will discover the many walks and trails surrounding the city along with locals dressed in period clothing. To discover this vibrant city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. The tour will take approximately two hours, but you can pause the audio guide when needed. Grab a bite to eat or do some shopping along the way. Please note that this tour is only available in English.
White Pass Deluxe Tour from Skagway
Join a 3-hour highlights tour of Skagway with a knowledgeable guide. Hear stories from the Gold Rush and see amazing waterfalls, azure glaciers and mountain views that seem to never end. Visit the Gold Rush Cemetery and a sub-arctic Alpine valley called Tormented Valley, where everything is dwarfed and distorted. This tour has several photo opportunities including the The Welcome to Alaska Sign at the summit, waterfalls, and the Skagway Overlook where you can capture the beauty of Skagway and ships in the inlet! Travel in comfort aboard a 24-passenger mini-bus with bucket seats and large windows, perfect for sightseeing along the way. PLEASE BRING PASSPORTS. PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED.
Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour
When your cruise ship docks in Skagway, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best sights of the city and take in the views from the majestic White Pass Summit area. Following the Klondike Highway by mini-bus, you'll have the opportunity to photograph the Gold Rush Cemetery, Skagway Scenic Overlook and the "Welcome to Alaska" sign. All passengers must have a valid passport.
Private Tin-Type Photography Experience in Skagway
Tin-type photography also know as wet-plate Collodion is a vanishing art. After this experience you will understand the process of authentic Tin-type photography and walk out same day with a photo of you or your group.
Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour
Combine sightseeing and river rafting on this relaxing Skagway shore excursion. Enjoy a beautiful 10-mile (16-km) drive along the coast to the Dyea Valley, an old Gold Rush settlement rich with history. On the drive, you may spot seals, eagles and other wildlife. See the start of the famous Chilkoot Trail, where thousands journeyed in pursuit of gold in 1898.
2.5-Hour Taiya River Scenic Float from Skagway
Escape the crowds of Skagway into the wild Tongass National Forest. Enjoy a beautiful 10-mile drive along the rugged coast of the fjord to the starting point of the historic Chilkoot Trail, the ghost town of Dyea, and the gorgeous Taiya River Valley. Your professionally trained boatman will guide your raft down the gentle Taiya River, pointing out wildlife, talking about the local history, and telling stories of the Gold Rush. Don't forget your camera as snow-capped mountains, hanging glaciers, and wildlife abound! Dyea is a peaceful getaway from bustling Skagway and a perfect opportunity to feel like a part of the great Alaskan outdoors.
Nature Tour to Dyea
Leave the crowds of Skagway behind and join a small group tour (14 maximum) to nearby Dyea. In 1898, Dyea boasted over 8,000 residents and had a busy Main Street crowded with gold-crazed miners. What little of the town remaining today has been taken over by nature. This area is protected as part of the Klondike National Historical Park. Start with a scenic, nine-mile drive along the rocky seacoast. Every month brings something different to Dyea. Wildflowers, migrating salmon, harbor seals, bald eagles and even the occasional brown bear each peak at different times. Your naturalist guide knows the area well and knows the best places to get out of the vehicle to take it all in. The tour highlight is a half-mile walk along a flat trail lined with fragrant spruce trees and wildflowers that once was Dyea’s Main Street. You’ll return to your ship with more than photos. You’ll have gained an appreciation of the impermanence of man and the profound and lasting power of Alaska nature.
Skagway Shore Excursion: Liarsville Panning for Gold & All You Can Eat Salmon
Situated by a waterfall at the foot of the White Pass. This shore excursion offers you the once in a lifetime to pan for Gold whilst enjoying all you can eat Salmon bake.
White Pass Summit and Yukon Suspension Bridge Tour
This tour provides a wonderful opportunity to view the stunning scenery of the White Pass and the surrounding area with a local, high quality guide. Your three hour tour from Skagway, Alaska to the White Pass Summit and the Yukon Suspension Bridge is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour
The Chilkoot Hike and Float Tour is an active, family-oriented hiking adventure along the world famous Chilkoot Trail. This wilderness hike takes place in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and is Skagway's most affordable hiking and rafting adventure tour. When your cruise ship docks, depart Skagway for a 10-mile (16 km) van tour along the coastline to the Chilkoot Trail trailhead and then enjoy 1.5 to 2 hours of hiking and 45 minutes on the raft. Have your camera ready for occasional wildlife sightings both on land and in the water.
Musher's Camp and S'more Roasting Experience
We will pick you up on the dock right off your cruise ship. Your guides will be in green and holding a sign for your excursion so keep an eye out for them! Be sure to bring a copy of your reservation with you. After we pick you up, you'll experience a guided bus tour through downtown Skagway all the way to our basecamp located in scenic Dyea! Once you're done cuddling with Alaskan puppies and perfecting your s'mores roasting, you'll have some time to explore our basecamp which includes a cafe, saloon and gift shop! Afterwards, your guide will take you back to town and drop you off at your cruise ship dock!
Custom Small-Group Extended Yukon Drive from Skagway
Take a 5-hour guided journey into the incredible and “larger than life” Yukon Territory. Enjoy multiple photo stops and bask in its natural wonders as your guide takes you to explore the city of Carcross, famous for being the crossroads of the Klondike. Stop at the 'Welcome to Alaska' sign and many other amazing photo stops along the way to take in the sweeping landscapes, towering mountains, alpine lakes, hanging glaciers, and the world's smallest desert.
Sled Dog Discovery in Skagway
We know almost everyone is a puppy lover! Get ready for puppy overload because you're about to ride with a team of 16 powerful huskies many of which are veterans of the Iditarod! This is how their mushers keep them in shape during the summer season. Afterward, you'll cuddle with adorable Alaskan husky puppies that will one day grow up to be sled dogs themselves! Learn what it takes from both musher and sled dog to become an Iditarod champion!
Summit Lake Canoe Adventure from Skagway
Feel the seclusion and beauty of North Country wilderness as you canoe on Summit Lake in British Columbia. Paddle through virtually untouched alpine landscapes and marvel at the grandeur of towering glaciated peaks of White Pass. Our voyageur canoes are outfitted with a small outboard motor in case of wind or if guests become fatigued from paddling. Don't forget your camera, as the turquoise-colored lake is picture-perfect.
Yukon Dog Sledding Adventure in Skagway
Take a stunning trip into the Yukon Territory in comfort and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Look for wildlife and stop at scenic viewpoints on your way to Iditarod racer, Michelle Phillips' Mushers Camp. Once arrived at the destination, you will have plenty of time to hang out with some adorable Alaskan Husky puppies, explore the grounds and go for an exciting dogsled ride through the Yukon wilderness. This tour takes approximately 4-4.5 Hours.
Chilkoot Horseback Adventure
If horses are more your style, then you’re in luck! As the only horseback excursion in Southeast Alaska, you’ll ride you through the lush portions of the Tongass National Forest and past the old ghost town of Dyea! Your guides will tell you the tales of the area’s storied gold rush beginnings! Before you know it, you’ll emerge onto the flats with an immaculate view of the Taiya inlet. Unleash your inner cowboy and come see for yourself why we’re one of the top rated tour operators in Alaska!
Valley of the Eagles Golf Adventure
The Valley of the Eagles Golf Links is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. It is located directly along the banks of the Chilkat River in Haines with amazing views of the Cathedral Peaks, Chilkat Mountains, and the Lynn Canal. Beautiful blue glaciers and breathtaking waterfalls combine with the riverfront setting for an incredible experience for everyone! Enjoy a post-game snack of smoked salmon, cheese, crackers, and drinks before boarding your high-speed ferry back to Skagway.
Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition
Are you looking for a fun, fast, and exhilarating excursion? Then you're in the right place! Get ready to wind through the Tongass national rainforest while soaring over glacially fed waterfalls. Did we mention that we have more lines than any other zipline course in Alaska?
Full-Day Alaska Wildlife Voyageur Canoe Safari from Skagway
Explore the beautiful waters of southeast Alaska on a canoeing trip of a lifetime. Experience the astonishing scenery of the Inside Passage as you help paddle the voyageur canoe. Board a high-speed catamaran for a 45-minute trip to Haines down the Lynn Fjord. Once in Haines, your expert guides will drive you along the coastline and up the salmon-rich Chilkoot River to scenic Chilkoot Lake. Once at the lake, you'll receive all of the necessary equipment and instruction before heading out onto the water to explore the far reaches of the lake with your guide in a motor-assisted voyageur canoe. Your adventure will wrap up with a beach-side lunch with spectacular mountain and ocean backdrops before heading back to Skagway by catamaran.