Skagway Independent Shore Excursions

Overview

Skagway is located at the northern most point of the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska. Skagway is one of Alaska’s 1st gold rush towns and like most gold-rush towns has a very interesting history. It’s at the beginning of the Chilkoot Trail which was the main transportation route the Yukon for the Klondike gold rush. It’s a small borough with a population of 968 according to the 2010 census. However, during the summer tourist season almost a million visitors will come to Skagway – the majority on cruise ships.

What to See and Do

Skagway is an amazingly preserved artifact of North America’s most-storied gold rush - the Klondike gold rush. Most of the downtown is part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Heritage Park.

The White Pass & Yukon Route railroad is worth looking into particularly on a nice day.

History

The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration of an estimated 100,000 hopeful prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon between 1896 and 1899. Skagway is at the beginning of the Chilkoot Trail which was the main transportation route miners used to make their way to the Yukon. The arduous trek into the Yukon was replaced in later years by the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad. By 1899 the gold rush was winding down and Skagway’s economy began to collapse. Today tourism is Skagway’s main economic base.

Weather

Skagway has a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures range from 45-67F. Skagway is in a rain shadow and therefore receives less rain than other areas in Southeastern Alaska.