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Adventuring Through Skagway, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska, a historic frontier borough, is known for its rich history as well as beautiful landscape, and is a must-see stop when visiting Alaska. Skagway, Alaska is an old mining town, as many flocked to the area in the late 1890s in search of gold. Remnants of the town’s gold rush are still visible today and offers a popular tourist spot for cruise ships and visitors alike. Approximately 100 original buildings still remain as remnants of the late 19th century exhibition for gold.

When visiting Skagway, there are a number of things you have to do that are unique to the Skagway Alaskan experience. One thing to do while in Skagway is dog sledding. Tour participants are pulled by huskies through the Alaska wilderness! This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will not want to miss. There are a number of great tour companies that can arrange for you to dog sled during your time in Skagway. Find some of the best offerings by searching for dog sled tours and reading the details and reviews!

Arguably the biggest and main attraction of Skagway, however, is the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad is known as “The Scenic Railway of the World,” and stretches 110 miles. The railroad was built in 1898, originally designed to carry ore out to the port to be loaded onto ships during the gold rush. Today, while the route no longer is designed to carry ore, the railway still stands and is open to tourists to ride its rails. The Railway offers a number of must-see excursions, with ticket availability, pricing, etc. subject to change. For a list of all of the excursions, click here.

In addition to dog sledding and riding the stunning railway through the mountain pass, the Chilkoot Trail is another great activity to do during your time in Skagway. The Chilkoot Trail is located within the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and stretches 33 miles in length. The Chilkoot Trail is an old trade route and trail gold prospectors used to pass through the area. To hike the entire trail, the trip usually lasts anywhere from three to five days. Backpackers must obtain a permit in order to hike the trail and can stop along the way at camp sites.

The Klondike Gold Fields, also called Alaska 360 now, are located along Mile 1.7 on the Klondike Highway. Visit the site of where miners panned for gold back in the day. The Klondike Gold Fields have fun activities for the whole family, including panning for gold, a tour of an original gold dredge used in the mining process, sled dog demonstration, food, shopping and more. Panning for gold is an experience you won’t want to miss as you sift through troughs to find gold of your own! For more information on visiting the Klondike Gold Fields and pricing, click here.

Whether you are looking for an authentic dog sledding experience or want to try your luck panning for gold, Skagway, Alaska is sure to not disappoint. Discover the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness by planning your trip to Skagway today! For more information on visiting Skagway, Alaska, click here.


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