Make Skagway your base to follow in the footsteps of the Tlingit people and the gold prospectors who headed off from the port to the Yukon in the 1890s. Tour the century-old buildings of the restored downtown, visit a saloon, and ride the gold train to the summit of White Pass.
Port of Skagway
Broadway, Skagway, Alaska
Since Skagway is so small, it’s easy to explore in a single day—often with time leftover for an excursion farther afield. Many travelers docking in Skagway head out on a half-day excursion across the border into the Yukon, Canada’s westernmost territory. No matter what side of the border you’re on, there are numerous ways to explore. Keep an eye out for wildlife during an ATV tour of the Mineral Mountain wilderness, trek the moderate Chilkoot Trail, learn about dog sledding at an Iditarod training camp, or take a picturesque ride along the White Pass Summit Railroad.
Things to Know Before You Go
Most Skagway shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at the Skagway port.
Don’t forget your passport, especially if you’re taking a shore excursion to Canada's Yukon territory.
Food and other essentials are often more expensive in Skagway than other nearby ports of call.
Don't leave Skagway without sampling some of the fresh seafood.
How to Get to Skagway From the Skagway Cruise Port
Cruise ships drop anchor at three deep-water docks—the Broadway, Railroad, and Ore docks—all within easy walking distance of Skagway’s historic downtown. A small ferry dock just outside of town sometimes serves smaller vessels. Shuttle bus services take passengers from the docks into town for a small fare, and are wheelchair-accessible.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Skagway, but there’s also an ATM at a Wells Fargo bank on the corner of 6th and Broadway. The US dollar is the official currency. Alaska has close to two dozen co-official languages, including English, Tanacross, Ahtna, and Unangax.