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There are many ways to explore the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Start by watching a short film about Skagway’s gold rush history at the Visitor Center and then take a ranger guided tour of the Skagway Historic District including such sights as the Mascot Saloon and Jeff. Smiths Parlor.
If you have more time, hike along the Chilkoot Trail, take a float trip down the Taiya River, or take a ride on the scenic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Opt for a gold rush-themed tour to see many of the top Skagway and Yukon attractions all in one day.
The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center is located in the White Pass and Yukon Route depot on the corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue in downtown Skagway. Most visitors arrive in Skagway via cruise ship and public bus service is available from the port to many downtown Skagway attractions. A shuttle service runs to the Chilkoot Trail and Dyea townsite.
The park visitor center and most attractions are open daily from early May through late September: during the winter season, the museum operates shorter hours and closes on Sunday and public holidays. Ranger-led tours are only offered during the summer months and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Book tickets ahead of time online or arrive before 10am during the busy summer months to ensure a spot on a tour.
The Chilkoot Trail is known as “the world’s longest outdoor museum.” This 33-mile (53-kilometer) trail was the major route from the coast to the Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s and is a popular backpacking trail today. Day hikers can explore the United States portion of the trail from Dyea, but a permit is required to hike the Canadian portion of the trail.