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Skagway, Alaska

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Skagway, with a population of 862, is located at the northernmost point on the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska, 100 air miles north of Juneau and 110 road miles south of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush during the days of '98, and continues to hold on to its boom-town roots today. It is the traditional home of the Chilkoot and Chilkat people, who called the place “Skagua,” meaning “windy place.” They hunted and fished in the area for centuries, developing trading routes with the inland First Nations. These trading routes proved useful for early prospectors, and after gold was discovered near Bonanza Creek in 1896, these routes expanded and modified to accommodate the hundreds of prospectors who took off to the Klondike through the Chilkoot Pass.

Skagway-Jeep

What to do in Skagway

There is a lot to experience in and around Skagway. You can explore White Pass and the Yukon by Jeep, learn the art of gold panning and sit down for grilled wild Alaskan salmon in Liarsville.

Click here for five ways to enjoy Skagway!

 

In 1897, the first steam-wheelers from San Francisco, Portland and Seattle arrived in Skagway, packed with gold-seekers.  Gold-seekers were required pack and carry one ton of goods over the Chilkoot Pass if they wanted to reach the Klondike. The average man took about 40 trips to haul his ton of supplies 33 miles to Bennet. Most gold-seekers took three months to complete the task. Soon, Skagway boomed and peaked at a population of 10,000 people, many of them prospectors in the midst of their journey, but many were permanent residents offering goods and services to the gold-seeking hoards. In 1900, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway was completed, connecting Skagway to Whitehorse and ending the heyday of travel along the Chilkoot Pass.

Today, you can reach Skagway by road via the South Klondike Highway. The highway is open year-round and connects Skagway to the Yukon.  Skagway is also served by scheduled and charter air services from Whitehorse, Juneau and Haines. Many hundreds of visitors also arrive to Skagway each year via cruise ship.

Businesses - Regular Listings

A Fine Line Alaskan Gifts

Alaska Christmas Store

Alaska Knife & Ulu Store

Alaska Liquor Store

Alaska Marine Highway

Assembly Of God

Beyond Skagway Tours

Bonanza Bar & Grill

Broadway Video/Radio Shack

Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints

Cliffside Restaurant

Corner Gas Station

Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters

First Presbyterian Church

Frontier Excursions & Adventures

Glacial Smoothies & Espresso

Gold Digger Restaurant

Gold Rush Gifts

Gold Rush Trail Camp & Salmon Bake

Gray Line Alaska

Haines Convention
& Visitors Bureau

Happy Endings Saloon

Historic Skagway Inn

Jewell Gardens & Garden City Glassworks

Jewell Gardens Gift Shop & Glass Gallery

Life Link & Fellowship Church

Mile Zero Bed & Breakfast

Olivia’s Bistro at the Skagway Inn

Packer Expeditions –
The Mountain Shop

Poppies at Jewell Gardens

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Pullen Creek RV Park

Richter’s

Sgt. Preston’s Lodge

Skaguay News Depot & Books

Skagway Brothel Museum

Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau

Skagway Float Tours

Skagway Museum & Archives

Skagway Outlet Store

Skagway Salmon Bake At Liarsville

Sockeye Cycle – Skagway

Sport Yukon’s Klondike Trail Of ’98 International Road Relay

St. Teresa Catholic Church

Starfire

Train Shoppe, The

Westmark Skagway

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