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It’s hard to find a better cruise port of call than Skagway, and that’s due in no small part to the variety of Skagway shore excursions available that will introduce you the area’s magnificent glaciers, incredible wildlife, exquisite scenery, and Native American culture and folkways. Whether you choose to see all that Skagway offers by railroad or helicopter, boat or bus, on foot or even on a dogsled, you’re bound to be delighted by any tour you choose.
Skagway, located at the northern end of the Inside Passage, is the gateway to the Yukon, making it the perfect venue for exploring. And, there’s lots to explore and discover on a Skagway cruise excursion, including Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, set up to preserve the history of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98, the White Pass Summit, and the Gold Rush Cemetery.
One of the most exciting ways to experience the beauty of Alaska’s Yukon area is to book one of several Skagway shore excursions aboard the White Pass & Yukon Railroad, long considered to be the most scenic railway in the world. In retrofitted vintage railcars, you’ll take a 20-mile journey from the ground up over 2,800 feet to the summit of White Pass, passing the way of the stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush.
If you’re up for the coolest time ever (literally and figuratively speaking) suit up with boots and vest, and board a flightseeing helicopter. Soar over Skagway’s peaks and valley to land atop a glacier, and be amazed as you walk about a glacier discovering blue ice pools and crevasses.
For Skagway shore excursions that cater to your most sports-minded self, try your hand at Alaska’s official state sport, dogsledding. Meet with professional mushers at their training camp, let them show you how it’s done, then take a turn on a sled with a team of dogs for a ride through Tongass Forest. No less exciting, is a chance to play a round of golf on a nine-hole course with spectacular mountain views and binocular-outfitted wildlife stations throughout the course.
There are single and combination wildlife tours over water and along the Chilkoot Trail to delight every age: Visit a bald eagle preserve or a wildlife refuge, ride on horseback for a chance to view eagles and see the salmon run, or climb aboard a high-speed raft for sightings of whales, seals, mountain goats, bears, and elk.