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of fortune-seekers passed through this small town on the northern
end of Lynn Canal during the gold rush of 1898, inflating the
population to over 10,000. Today’s
White Pass and Yukon Railroad follows the trail to the gold fields
of the Klondike. The
spirit of the gold rush lives on in Skagway, with wooden sidewalks,
horse-drawn carriages, and old-fashioned saloons.
ships dock at the pier and it’s a short walk on Broadway to
downtown. At Fifth and
Broadway you’ll find the Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau
where walking maps are available. Several
times a day free guided tours leave from the Klondike Gold Rush
Historic Park located at the corner of Second Avenue. Stop
at the Trail of ’98 Museum, which houses the finest collection of
Gold Rush artifacts in Alaska.
White Pass and Yukon Route Railway is one of the most popular shore
excursions, transporting visitors in the vintage parlor cars of this
narrow-gauge railway from the dock to the boundary of the United
States and Canada at White Pass Summit. Motor
coach tours cover the same route of the “Trail of ‘98” and are
preferred by shutterbugs because of the stops along the way for
helicopter and flight seeing tours fly over the trail and offer the
thrill of landing on age-old glaciers.
For the less adventurous, take a spin around Skagway by
Streetcar. Taking performance
art to a high degree, guides attired in period costumes are just as
likely to relate the latest scandal interspersed with a bit of
song-and-dance and historic sights.
Red Onion Saloon is the spot in town to wet your whistle at the
turn-of-the-century mahogany bar. Originally
a honky-tonk tavern in Skagway’s lawless gold rush days, it housed
the obligatory bordello on the second floor.
small galleries and shops display artworks and handicrafts created
by local residents. For tee-shirts and sweatshirts, head for the
Skagway Outlet Store.
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