Historic Building in Skagway

Explore Skagway: Uncover the Treasures of Alaska's Historic Gem

Explore Skagway: Uncover the Treasures of Alaska's Historic Gem

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Welcome to Skagway, Alaska; traditional lands of the Chilkoot Tlingit people. For over 10,000 years it’s place name was, Shgag̱wéi, which means “roughed up water” for our tumultuous coastal weather and “heartwooded place” for our driftwood filled tidelands.

Skagway is a charming, uniquely walkable town, nestled in the heart of Alaska's Inside Passage. Known for its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality, Skagway offers a plethora of unforgettable experiences for travelers seeking adventure, culture, and natural beauty. From exploring the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to embarking on the Scenic Railway of the World, Skagway has something for everyone. Join us as we delve into the best things to do in Skagway and discover the wonders that await you in this Alaskan gem.

Northern Lights over Skagway

1. Step Back in Time at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: Immerse yourself in the captivating history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the original “Grease Trail” of the Jilkaat Lingít People, The Chilkoot Trail. Explore the preserved, Gold Rush era, false-front buildings and exhibits that tell the tale of the hopeful prospectors who flocked to Skagway in search of fortune. Or stroll through the park's trails, learning about the hardships and triumphs of the gold rush era. For more information, visit

2. Ride the Historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway: Embark on a scenic journey aboard the Historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, an engineering marvel that winds through awe-inspiring landscapes. Traverse steep cliffs, breathtaking canyons, and cascading waterfalls as you relive the gold rush era. Marvel at the panoramic views from the comfort of vintage railcars, and learn about the railway's fascinating history. Book your tickets and plan your adventure at

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad

3. Discover Skagway's Natural Beauty on a Hiking Adventure: Skagway is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a myriad of hiking trails that showcase the region's stunning natural beauty. Lace up your boots and embark on a trek through the Tongass National Forest, through lush forests and alpine meadows. Explore the Dewey Lake Trail system, showcasing an overlook of the Port of Skagway, picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and the shimmering lakes. Or explore a more leisurely hike along the shores of Lynn Canal on the Yakutania Point and Smuggler’s Cove Trail System. Find more information and trail maps at

Skagway's Natural Beauty

4. Experience the Attractions, Excursions & Tours: Immerse yourself in the Alaskan tradition of dog sledding. Rush through the treetops on a zipline. Take a ride up the breathtaking Klondike highway in a rental car. Or let one of Skagway’s finest, hospitable and knowledgeable professionals be your guide. There’s also fishing, gold panning, sailing, river rafting, bicycle tours, brothel tours, musical shows and more. Learn about every offering that Skagway has and book your unforgettable adventure at

5. Indulge in Local Cuisine and Shopping: Skagway's vibrant downtown offers a delightful array of local shops, galleries, breweries, a distillery, and restaurants. Sample fresh Alaskan seafood, savor locally brewed beers, and indulge in homemade treats like fudge and candied nuts. Explore the unique boutiques and art galleries, where you'll find handcrafted jewelry, Native Alaskan artwork, and souvenirs to commemorate your journey. Discover the best places to dine here And incredible shopping here.

Skagway's Local Shopping

6. Attend Skagway's Vibrant Community Events: Skagway is known for its lively community events that celebrate the town's rich heritage and vibrant culture. Don't miss the annual Duff’s Skagway Marathon in June, Skagway’s 4th of July celebration, Skagway Arts Council’s Annual Maggio Fun-Raiser in August and The Klondike Road Relay in September. No matter when you choose to visit there is bound to be an exciting event on the horizon. Stay updated here.

Community Events

7. Self-Guided Walking Tour: If you are looking for a more intimate way to explore the sights and sounds of Skagway, you can do it all on your own. Take a self-guided tour which starts on Skagway’s famous Broadway strip. It’s not long before this route twists and turns off the beaten path to 23 exciting historical sites that you won’t want to miss. If you love marching to the beat of your own drum, this is an option that it just your speed.

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