The picturesque town of Skagway is famous for it's hospitality, sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy scenic views of Laughton glacier and Parsons Peak, or take an evening walk across the swinging foot bridge to Yakatania point, where bald eagles and harbor seals fish for supper. No matter what you decide to do, you will be amazed with the sights and activities in and around Skagway.
What to do in Skagway, AlaskaYou’ll find that the most popular things to do in Skagway revolve around its fascinating history as a gold-mining town or it’s amazing natural landscapes. The town of Skagway is very small. We recommend getting out into nature and exploring the amazing glaciers, rivers, and hill-scapes by air, off-road vehicle, or even dog-sled!
Hike, Kayak, Mountain-Climb, or Explore via HorsebackFor our more active cruisers, you’ll have plenty of chances to brake a sweat while exploring beautiful Skagway. Choose your favorite athletic mode of transportation and get deep into Skagway and all it has to offer.
Dog SleddingExplore Skagway like those early pioneers a hundred years ago. You’ll find a number of options to learn about the dog-sledding days and to experience it for yourself. It’s no wonder why this option is so popular with adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts and animal lovers alike.
White Pass Summit & Yukon RouteThe original gold prospectors battled this mountain landscape in search of gold. You can still see the original “Klondike Trail” worn into the rocks. On your way to the Summit, you’ll experience waterfalls, glaciers, tunnels, gorges, and many other natural phenomena and historical landmarks. One of the most popular ways to explore White Pass Summit is by train. But, make sure to book early as this sells out. Additionally, you can choose to go via bus, rental car, or by air!
Downtown SkagwayWhile very small, downtown Skagway is charming and worth exploring. You’ll find little shops lining the main street (Broadway) including jewelry stores, a candy shop, saloons, brewery and a museum. If you’re looking to fire off a quick email to your poor family back at home, the town’s Library offers free Wifi. While roaming the small, mining-town you may find yourself instinctively reaching for your six-shooter. But don’t worry, those times have passed. Relax, you’re safe.
Pan for GoldAs our great ancestors did, you too can actually pan for gold while in Skagway. This is an obvious favorite choice, and not just for those that love to play Mega Millions. You’ll experience Alaska’s beauty while hoping that shiny nugget makes its way into your pan. Many of these tour options also end with a delicious salmon bake. So, even if you don’t strike it rich, you still win in the end.
Glacier TourMost aren’t surprised to hear that Skagway, Alasa has glaciers. But, most aren’t aware of how beautiful and exciting are these natural phenomena. You can get up close by bus, ATV, ferry or by foot. Just make sure to bundle up.
Attractions in Skagway, AlaskaIf you’re looking to stay close to Skagway cruise port, you’ll find a few options in Downtown Skagway. The main town area is very small, so you could explore every one of these options during your short time in port.
Skagway Brewing CompanyGrab a pint or some lunch at this old-time brewery. If you’re looking for some local flavor, ask for the Spruce Tip Ale. Rather than hops, they use spruce tips! This local favorite is often sold out, but worth asking.
Gold Rush CemeteryThose were some rough times and not everyone made it. Well, nobody really made it that was alive back then, but you know what we mean. Some of the men and women who perished in the pursuit of gold can be found at the Gold Rush Cemetery. It’s found by the White Pass Railroad tracks at the north end of town.
Polar PlungeFeeling a little sleepy? Jump into the glacier-fed Dewey Lake within walking distance of your port. Water temps hover around 40 degrees so bring a warm coffee or hot chocolate as a reward for your bravery.
Red Onion Saloon (Brothel) TourYup, brothels were a real thing and this is the town’s last remaining one in Skagway. For $10, you’ll be guide through the attraction by a “madame” who has some secrets to tell.
Self Guided HikesThere are multiple hikes available by foot straight from your cruise ship. Save some money by this self-guided option. Ranging from simple to difficult, you’ll find these trail options within walking distance from your port: Yukutania Point, Lower Reid Falls and Gold Rush Cemetery; Smugglers Cove, Lower Dewey Lake or Sturgil’s Landing.
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Skagway, Alaska cruise port map
Skagway, Alaska Cruise Port TerminalsSkagway has three main cruise ship docks: White Pass Railroad Dock; Broadway Dock, and Ore Dock. All are located within the same general area and all easily walkable to downtown Skagway. As many as four cruise ships can fit into this terminal area at any given time.
Ore DockAptly named, Ore Dock once served useful in transporting the mineral out of the Skagway area. When the ore-trade slowed and tourism grew, usage was converted to a passenger cruise port.
Broadway DockBroadway Dock also offers very easy access to railroad excursions. The rail service picks up at the end of the pier, a quick walk from your ship. Broadway Terminal is centrally positioned in Skagway’s downtown area and offers convenience to those heading into town.
Railroad DockThe Railroad Pier is large enough to accommodate two large cruise ships. During Alaska cruise season, you’ll find two ships docked here more days than not. This dock is very convenient for those participating in a railway excursion, as the rail service is offered directly from the pier.