Getting to Skagway, Alaska
Whether you plan to travel through Alaska by air, highway or ferry, your vacation plans can and should include Skagway, the hub of any Alaskan vacation.
…By Automobile or Recreational Vehicle.
If you are traveling by car or a RV, you’ll join the growing number of visitors who travel the Alaska Highway each year. Skagway is only 110 miles south from the Alaska Highway, via the South Klondike Highway.
This modern two-lane highway is an easy drive, and passes through the historic community of Carcross – hotel, gas, food and other visitor services available – and past the ruins of the Venus Mine on Windy Arm of Tagish Lake. The lakes of the Yukon and British Columbia that you’ll pass along the way are the headwaters of the great Yukon River. Near the summit of the Klondike Highway Pass you’ll encounter a scene that resembles a moonscape more than any earthly vista. Ancient, twisted trees cling to rocks polished smooth by prehistoric glaciers, or crumbled by years of erosion. Myriad waterfalls, several glaciers and glimpses of the White Pass Railway and White Pass Trail are among the highlights of the drive from the summit to seaside Skagway.
Skagway is the northern terminus of the Alaska’s Marine Highway System. A fleet of modern, car carrying vessels serves all of Southeast Alaska. Northbound travelers can access the system at Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia; southbound travelers usually embark at Skagway or Haines. Each vessel has an observation lounge, bar, cafeteria and a solarium where camping is allowed free of charge. Mainline vessels also feature stateroom accommodations. Daily same time service without reservations May through Sept.
A 45-minute commuter flight from Skagway, Juneau is the primary domestic air entry point for Southeast Alaska and travelers on the Inside Passage. Juneau, the state capital, is served by Alaska Airlines and three local air carriers who offer several flights daily between Juneau and Skagway. To combine the best of flight-seeing and cruising, consider flying to Skagway and returning to Juneau by the state ferry system. An excursion from Juneau can be completed in one day, thanks to our long summer days. Whitehorse, Yukon is also a convenient point of entry for air arrivals. Scheduled air service is available between Whitehorse, Juneau and Anchorage.
The scenic route between Whitehorse and Skagway is served by both motorcoach and rail. A ticket on the historic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway includes bus service between Whitehorse and Fraser, British Columbia via the Klondike Highway. At Fraser you’ll board the narrow-gauge railway for the rest of your journey to Skagway. This is a spectacular trip over White Pass and the famous Trail of ‘98 Gold Rush route.