Skagway, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

The picturesque town of Skagway is famous for it’s hospitality, sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy scenic views of Laughton glacier and Parsons Peak, or take an evening walk across the swinging foot bridge to Yakatania point, where bald eagles and harbor seals fish for supper. No matter what you decide to do, you will be amazed with the sights and activities in and around Skagway.

Skagway is in Alaska, a state in the United States of America, situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent.

Ride the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a narrow gauge train which follows the path that pioneers in search of Klondike Gold used.

Maps are available at Skagway Visitors Center for walking tours of Skagway.

Book a Skagway Street Car Tour and learn about the port’s Gold Rush history onboard a restored yellow Mac Model B.

For more history, visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center.

The main shopping area is located on Broadway, here you will find lots of tourist type shops, bookstores and good local arts and craft stores. Gifts include jewelry, hand painted ceramics and knitwear.

The touristy Red Onion Saloon, a Gold Rush era meeting point, was a former brothel.

Stop at Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, originally set up by press men to report from the front lines of the Gold Rush.

For a unique (and expensive) experience, book a Dog Sledding and Glacier Flightseeing tour.

Visit the American Bald Eagle Center in downtown Haines, which is a ferry ride away.

Play on the 9 hole golf course, which is set at 60 degrees north latitude.

The disabled cruiser visiting Skagway

Where You’re Docked

Most cruise ships use one of three deep water docks. The Ferry Dock may also be used for smaller ships but all docks are a short walk into town.

There are no passenger facilities here.

Visitors can catch the municipal bus into town from the docks.

The Skagway Visitors Center on Broadway is around a 10 minute walk away.

Bike and car hire are available (it’s best to organize car hire in advance though).

Good to Know

Given that most goods and foodstuffs are flown or shipped into Alaska from the “outside,” you might be a bit surprised by the higher-than-average costs of food and other essentials.

Getting Around

On Foot: Skagway is an easy walking town. Most shops are on one street; Broadway.

On a Bike: You can rent a bike at Sockeye Cycles, 381 5th Avenue.

Renting a Car: To explore outer reaches of this region of southeast Alaska, you can certainly rent a car, advance reservations highly recommended; but you’re better off signing up for a tour of some sort; whether through your ship or via the handful of independent trip companies. Tour companies that serve cruise ships’ shore excursion departments typically will refer you back to the ship; or charge the same fee as the cruise line. Smaller, independent operators, many of whom have storefronts in town, may net more personal tours with fewer people, and the prices might actually be lower.

Currency 

Currency is the U.S. dollar. There is an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank at 6th and Broadway.

Language

English is spoken in Skagway.

Shopping

Hand-painted gold-mining pans are great souvenirs.

Fresh fish and seafood are the main staples on menus here, local dishes include Alaskan king crab and strip loin of elk.

Points of Interest

  • Skagway – a seven-

Skagway Accessible Excursions

Whether your cruise ship stops in 

Skagway Accessible Guided Tour

This 4 hour accessible