A century ago, Skagway was the gateway to the gold fields of the Klondike. Today, the scenic cruise port still has the feel of its Gold Rush past, complete with an historic downtown filled with false front buildings and wooden sidewalks. It’s one of Alaska’s most popular ports of call and a departure point for exploring the vast Yukon.
Since Skagway is so small, it’s easy to explore in a single day—often with time leftover for an excursion further 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.
- Food and other essentials are often more expensive in Skagway than other nearby ports of call.
- Don’t forget your passport, especially if you’re taking a shore excursion to Canada's Yukon territory.
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. Bus service takes passengers from the docks into town for a small fare.
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.