This historic frontier town is filled with stories about gunfights, bandits and an unquenchable thirst for gold.
Most of Skagway, Alaska is set within the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. And although the year-round population here sits at just 950 locals, the summer brings a boom of travelers who want to experience a taste of the region’s colorful history.
Many of these visitors arrive by cruise ship at one of the town’s three deep-water berths. From there, downtown is just 10 minutes away. Stroll along wooden sidewalks past false-front shops and beautifully restored buildings dating back to the 1900s.
Learn about Alaska’s most notorious outlaw, Soapy Smith, by taking in the ‘Days of ‘98’ theatre production and then drop by the historic Red Onion Saloon to unwind.
If you’re up for a short hike, head to the lookout just outside of town for sweeping views of Skagway and Lynn Canal. Or take a ride on the iconic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, which passes by waterfalls, gorges and countless stunning vistas.
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