Skagway is a town with a population of less than a thousand in Southeastern Alaska. It is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System. It sprang up during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1899, and now subsists almost entirely on tourism. The historical interest and natural beauty of the area make it a worthwhile place to visit.
The most common way to get to Skagway is by boat, whether cruise ship or Alaska Marine Highway ferry. It is also accessible by commuter flight from Juneau, and by car or via the Canadian South Klondike Highway.
Start by stepping away from any buildings and turning 360 degrees for an impressive view of the nearby peaks that enclose Skagway.
address: 271 BroadwayBuilt as the railway's depot, completed in December 1898, after a long history this building was transferred to National Park Service in 1976, with restoration completed in 1984, returning its appearance to the 1908-1915 time period. It now serves as the KGRNHP's Visitors Center and Headquarters. The National Park itself includes much of the historic downtown: the railway Administration Building, Soapy Smith's Parlor, Mascot Saloon and several other buildings, owned and restored by NPS and others, some leased even today for ordinary commercial purposes, to recreate the city's bustling activity.
Skagway Centennial Statueaddress: 271 BroadwayRemembers the miners coming to Skagway in the Gold Rush.
Skagway Museum and Archivesphone: +1 907-983-2420Photos and artifacts from Old Skaguay including a Tlingit canoe, a Portland Cutter sleigh and Bering Sea kayaks as well as Gold Rush era tools, baskets, beadwork and carvings. Also gold rush genealogy research.
Footbridge to Yakutania Point & Smuggler's CoveTrails, exercise course, picnic spots.
Skagway Sculpture Garden
Skagway Overlookaddress: Mile 2 on Dyea RdTurnoff and platform.
phone: +1 907-983-2111Unique flowers and vegetables, including some giants.
Gold Rush Cemeteryaddress: Alaska StOld cemetery which includes the grave of Jefferson "Soapy" Smith and "The Largest Nugget in the World" which is really just a giant boulder painted gold. Trolley tours offered to the cemetery, but if you wish to walk from downtown it will take about 20 minutes.
phone: +1 907 766-3007address: 132 2nd AveMountain Flying Service does charter flights and flightseeing out of Skagway and Haines primarily. They have a spectacular plane with very large windows for flightseeing. Paul the pilot has been flying tours in the area longer than anyone else.
address: 2nd AvRailroad was built to transport miners from Skagway to the gold. It was in service until the early 1980s, servicing the Yukon's Mining Industry. Today, a portion of the railroad is restored and still in operation. An out-and-back day trip offers great views as the train snakes along the sides of mountains overlooking the river far below; although it goes into Canada, passports aren't required because you don't get off the train. The restored/replica passenger cars feature reversible seats so that passengers face forward both outbound and when the train reverses course to return to Skagway. Excursions start from $110. International trips to Fraser and Bennett Lake, British Columbia are also available. The railroad also offers a transport service for hikers returning from Bennett Lake after completing the Chilkoot Trail.
Granny's Galleryphone: +1 907-983-2775address: 272 State StAntique native carvings, art and jewelry.
phone: +1 425 306-8297address: 4th and BroadwaySpecial showing of Alaskan Multimedia Artist, Tresham Gregg, working in woodcarvings, silk screen prints, tribal jewelry, puppets, paintings, and more. Plus exotic silver and stone jewelry.
You Say Tomatophone: +1 907 983-2784address: State StNatural whole foods, fresh bread and produce, provisions for hikers.
Skagway Fish Co.phone: +1 907 983address: Congress WayFISH. Halibut fish and chips, Alaskan king crab.
The Stowaway Cafephone: +1 907 983address: 205 Congress WayDINE. More upscale and overlooking the small boat harbor.
Red Onion SaloonHas that Gold Rush era feel. "Meet the Ladies of '98".
phone: +1 907 983-252140 rooms.
phone: +1 907 983-2040address: 488 8th AveOne male dorm, one female dorm, one co-ed dorm, and one private room (sleeps 2). Kitchen facilities and outdoor barbecue. No lockouts or curfew. Open May through September.
phone: +1 907 983-2131address: 3rd and Main StKitchen facilities, outdoor barbecue, free internet. Guests are assigned one chore. Same-sex dorms (sleeps 3 each) inside the main house; co-ed dorm in a bunkhouse in back (sleeps 8). People with pet allergies note that there is one cat and one dog living in the hostel.
Bed and Breakfast
phone: +1 907 983-9000address: 8th and Main St