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Skagway, Alaska (Photo: Ruth Peterkin/Shutterstock)

About Skagway

In 1897, gold stampeders from all over the world arrived in Skagway by steamship, bound for the Dawson Gold Fields in Canada's Yukon Territory. It wasn't long before the rough-and-tumble tent town was festooned with boardwalks, dance halls, inns and saloons.

More than 100 years later, Skagway still retains the feel of those Gold Rush days, though most travelers now arrive by cruise ship and follow part of the original Gold Rush route by tourist train. (Learn more about the Gold Rush at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center on 2nd and Broadway.)

The immensely walkable -- four blocks wide by 22 blocks long -- historic downtown has also largely been restored to its roots, complete with false-fronted buildings and wooden sidewalks. It's an utterly charming place -- if a tad precious. But a brief walk off the beaten path of Broadway reveals fresh-faced businesses, like Skagway Spirits, offering a unique take on local business.

Skagway consistently ranks as one of Alaska's most popular ports. It's not unusual to find four ships docked there on the same day.

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Ovation of the Seas
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7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Sep 23, 2022
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15 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 11, 2022
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Majestic Princess
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7 Night
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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7 Night
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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10 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 1, 2022
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Leaving:Whittier
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jul 11, 2022
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 10, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 19, 2022
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
Jun 14, 2022
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 3, 2022
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Leaving:Seward
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Sep 16, 2022
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Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 16, 2022
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Why go to Skagway?

Pros:

Skagway is tiny, so it's easy for visitors to explore in one day.

Cons:

There's a lot to do out of town -- dog sledding, train rides -- making it tough to choose just one activity.

Bottom Line:

Plan carefully to maximize your time in and around this gold rush port.

Skagway Cruise Port Facilities?

Ships line up at one of three deep-water docks, all an easy walk from the heart of town. Small ships may dock at a fourth location, the Ferry Dock, also a few minutes from town.

The port doesn't offer a cruise terminal or facilities. Cruise ships share the port with industrial traffic. Inexpensive municipal buses run from the dock to town. Skagway Visitors Center, 245 Broadway, is about an eight-minute walk.

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.

Also be aware that many flightseeing tours, including dogsledding on a glacier, are weather dependent and could be canceled due to high winds or poor visibility. Keep a Plan B on hand to reduce disappointment.

Getting Around?

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

By Bike: You can rent a bike at Sockeye Cycles, 381 5th Avenue, 907-983-2851. Consider a ride down the White Pass Klondike gold route.

Renting a Car: To explore the outer reaches of this region of southeast Alaska, you can rent a car through Avis, located at the Westmark Hotel, Spring Street near 3rd, 800-331-1212, advance reservations highly recommended; Sourdough Rentals, 351 6th Avenue, 907-983-2523.

You're better off signing up for a tour of some sort -- whether through your ship or via the handful of independent trip companies.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the U.S. dollar. There is an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank at 6th and Broadway (the town's only bank).

Language?

English is spoken.


Skagway Cruise Reviews
Skagway was fun. The train ride was beautiful with spectacular scenery. A bridge was being worked on so we only got to mile 13. Still saw a lot. Downtown Skagway is coming back to life. The Red Onion saloon was fun.... Read More
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Locobill49
Skagway offers plenty to do. On this cruise, I hiked the trail to Yakutania Point. It's an easy hike, just a a few miles roundtrip from the ship. After my hike, I stopped by the Skagway Brewing Company to enjoy... Read More
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geoherb
We did the Rain Forest Biking which was lots of fun. Skagway is a cute town with lots of shops. We also hiked the Lower Lake trail (very strenuous and steep).... Read More
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mightymite19
Skagway the train ride is beautiful if you can go all way to the Summit right now our bridge is out but starting again in 2022 we highly recommend doing the train... Read More
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