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White Pass Summit Rail and Bus Excursion

5 Stars

Yukon Rail and Bus Adventure

Skagway City & White Pass Summit Day Tour in Alaska

Skagway City and White Pass Summit

4.5 Stars

White Pass Summit Rail and Yukon Suspension Bridge

Bennett Scenic Journey Cruise Excursion from Skagway

Bennett Scenic Journey

Self-Guided Jeep to the Yukon

Self-Guided Jeep to the Yukon

Chilkat, Ferebee and Meade Glacier Discovery Helicopter Excursion in Skagway

Helicopter Glacier Discovery

Scenic Waterfall Adventure

Scenic Waterfall Adventure

Yukon Klondike Adventure by Bus

Yukon Klondike Adventure by Bus, Puppy Camp, and Lunch

White Pass Summit and Yukon Suspension Bridge

White Pass Summit and Yukon Suspension Bridge

Skagway Helicopter Dog Sledding at Denver Glacier

Helicopter Dog Sledding Adventure

Wildlife & Wilderness Excursion in Haines from Skagway, Alaska

Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing Tour from Skagway

Skagway Ocean Raft Adventure Cruise Tour in Alaska

Ocean Raft Adventure

Chilkoot Trail Hiking & Taiya River Raft Floating Excursion in Skagway

Scenic Hike and Float

Chilkat River Rafting Excursion through Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve from Skagway, Alaska

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Skagway

Sightseeing Tour in the Yukon to White Pass Summit & Klondike Highway from Skagway, Alaska

Yukon Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing Yukon Cruise Tour from Skagway | Emerald Lake & Carcross Desert

Deluxe Yukon Sightseeing Tour

Taiya River Raft Float Day Tour in Skagway, Alaska

Scenic Skagway Float

Gold Panning Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp Tour in Skagway, Alaska

Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake

Hike Chilkoot Trail, Float the Taiya River and Summit White Pass

Hike, Float and Summit

Chilkoot Lake State Park Kayak Day Tour from Skagway

Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour from Skagway

Extended Summit Drive

Extended Summit Drive

Inside Passage Sea Kayaking

Inside Passage Sea Kayaking

Skagway Jet Boat Adventure on Chilkat River with Chilkat Mountains

Jet Boat Adventure from Skagway

White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

Wildlife Safari and Bear Viewing - Haines

Wildlife Safari and Bear Viewing - Haines

Alpine Lake Canoe Adventure from Skagway

Alpine Lake Canoe Adventure from Skagway

Chilkoot Lake Canoeing

Chilkoot Lake Canoeing

Caribou Crossing Dog Mushing Camp Shore Trip from Skagway | Yukon Quest

Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour

Historic Gold Rush Scenic Drive

Historic Gold Rush Scenic Drive

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Private Skagway Highlights

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Skagway Zipline and Adventure Park

Private Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting

Private Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting

Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing Skagway

Private Chilkoot Lake Nature and Wildlife Viewing

Private Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayaking

Private Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour from Skagway

Private Hike, Float and Summit

Private Hike, Float and Summit

Private Chilkat Valley Photography Tour from Skagway

Private Chilkat Valley Photography Tour from Skagway

Skagway excursions.

Though Skagway is a small city, home to less than one thousand people, there is something for every visitor. Nestled in the northernmost reaches of the Inside Passage, it features a wide variety of entertainment venues, streets lined with wooden boardwalks, and restored buildings that look just as they did 100 years ago! Noted for its friendly inhabitants and exceptional hospitality, our collection of Skagway shore excursions and tours offers visitors all the amenities they desire for a relaxing, adventurous, and unforgettable vacation.

Sightseeing Tours Galore

Skagway may be small, but it is packed with some of the best sightseeing opportunities in the entire nation. Skagway is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, and there's no better way to take it all in than on a sightseeing tour. From the majestic beauty of the Tracy Arm Fjord to the towering glaciers of the Juneau Icefield, there's no shortage of awe-inspiring sights to see. Take a guided tour by land, air, or sea and experience the true beauty of Skagway.

For the adventurous types, we offer Skagway Excursions for hikers, boaters, bikers, kayakers, and those who love the thrill of Jeeps and helicopters. Try zip-lining your way through some of Alaska's largest pines, or take a heart-pumping glacier ATV tour! You can even try one of our bundled excursions like our popular Helicopter Dog Sledding Adventure , where you can go flightseeing on a helicopter and then sledding with Alaskan huskies

For the more laid-back tourist, we have Alaskan cruise excursions for photographers, gold miners, and anyone who simply wants to discover the breathtaking beauty of the Skagway wilderness and wildlife. Explore Alaska's wild interiors by taking a train ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad or do a private walking tour through the scenic Chilkat Valley in Haines. No matter what you choose, you'll have plenty of photo opportunities.

Experience the Gold Rush Era

Skagway played a pivotal role in the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century, and the town is steeped in the history of this exciting era. Take a trip back in time and experience the gold rush for yourself on one of our many historic tours. Go gold panning on our Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Excursion , hike through the Chilkoot Trail with a tour guide, or take a ride on the historic White Pass train. These excursions offer a fascinating glimpse into the past and are a must-do for any history enthusiast.

Walk Around Downtown Skagway

Downtown Skagway is a quaint and charming area filled with historic buildings, unique shops, and delicious eateries. Try picking up some souvenirs from local shops or stroll down Broadway Street before or after your excursion. Explore the town's rich history, culture, and local flavor. Visit the Skagway Museum and Archives to learn more about the town's fascinating past, or stop by the Red Onion Saloon, a brothel-turned-saloon that serves up refreshing drinks and tantalizing bites

Please note that the following tours are only a few of the wonderful excursions offered in Skagway and may not work with your itinerary. Find excursions for your cruise ship itinerary.

  • Bennet Scenic Journey ($299.00)
  • Chilkoot Lake Canoeing ($242.00)
  • Chilkoot Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting from Skagway ($263.00)
  • Helicopter Dog Sledding Adventure ($719.00)
  • Inside Passage Sea Kayaking ($255.00)
  • Jet Boat Adventure from Skagway ($345.00)
  • Ocean Raft Adventure ($171.00)
  • Scenic Hike & Float ($162.00)
  • Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour ($219.00)
  • Deluxe Yukon Siteseeing Tour ($139.00)

Skagway is a destination that is sure to captivate and amaze. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and endless opportunities for adventure, Skagway excursions are the perfect way to experience the best of this incredible Alaskan town. Book your tour today and start exploring with Shore Excursions Group!

Skagway excursions to Alaska port.


  • Yukon Discovery Tour

Yukoner Beyond White Pass

  • White Pass Summit & City
  • White Pass & Rafting Combo Day

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Frontier Excursions & Adventures 3rd and Broadway at The Golden North Hotel Skagway, Alaska 99840

1 877.983.2512 – toll free, 1 907.983.2512 – local, email: [email protected].

  • Yukoner – Beyond the White Pass



Skagway & yukon tours.

Skagway White Pass

Summit and Historic Highlights 2.75 Hours, $70.35

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Full Day Yukon Tour to Emerald Lake 6.5 hours, $152.25

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Explore Nature-To Summit and Dyea 5.5-7 hours

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Why Choose Frontier

In operation since 1987, we have been providing quality tours at a reasonable price for 35 years in Skagway. Our professional tour guides are fully trained and happy to go the extra step to make your tour experience memorable. We have hundreds of 5 star reviews. We are the owners and operators of our tours and guarantee their quality. You are not booking through a middle-man with us. You can also come by our office in Skagway to meet us in person and have a contact location in case of problems.  We are also only a phone call or email away. We are very responsive to any questions or concerns you may have.

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What to Expect

Our knowledgeable guides will always provide you with an exceptional tour experience. They are friendly, courteous, offer personal service and welcome your questions. Our equipment is clean and professionally maintained, as your safety is always our first concern.

All tours are fully narrated and feature plenty of photo stops where you can disembark the bus and breathe the fresh mountain air. Our tours travel up the Klondike Highway, one of the most scenic highways in North America, through multiple climate zones with dramatic vistas around every turn. Our knowledge of the area allows us to adjust our routes/stops to make the most of the day. We actively search for wildlife and will stop for sightings as long as it is safe to do so.

Do you pick up at the ships?

Yes, we pick up pierside where the pier meets land outside of security gates. This is also where ship tours meet. This is our default pick up location. (See more pier specific details in next section). For all our tours, you do have the option to meet at our office downtown at the Golden North Hotel, 3rd & Broadway. There are SMART bus city shuttles providing transportation to town from the ships for a nominal fee or it is approximately a 10-15 minute flat walk from the ship piers. Your confirmation from us will provide you with full details on meeting instructions and our contact information.

Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure. Please be on time and in the pre-arranged pick up location for the tour. Due to scheduling, if you are late, we may not be able to wait and we cannot give refunds in this case. Please call 1-877-983-2512 or 907-713-7527 if you are having problems locating the tour.

At the conclusion of the tour, you will have the option of returning to your ship or you may be dropped off in town. We guarantee we will return you to your cruise ship before departure time. However, if you choose to be dropped off in town, we are not responsible for your return to the cruise ship before departure.

How can I find you at the dock?

For Broadway and Ore docks, we will meet you at the area where the pier meets shore outside security. This is the tour waiting area (where all ship tours meet as well). At Broadway dock, walk across a short pier with a large parking area in front of your cruise ship. At the Ore dock walk across a short pier at the side of the cruise ship and there is a red shelter next to a large parking area. You will look for someone with a FRONTIER EXCURSIONS sign.

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What if our ship changes docks?

We will be notified if your ship changes docks. Stay at your ship pier tour waiting area, and we will locate you!

What if our ship arrives late or doesn't arrive at all?

In the case of late arriving of ships (very uncommon), we will try to accommodate you on a later tour. If this is not feasible, you will not be charged. If your ship doesn’t arrive due to unexpected problems, we will be notified. In this circumstance, there will be no charge.

Is there a chance of missing my cruise ship departure?

In all our years of operation, we have NEVER missed a ship! Even though your ship may suggest an all aboard time of 1-2 hours prior to departure, the gangway remains in place for at least 30 minutes prior to departure.  30 minutes prior to departure is the official all-aboard time for your ship and ship sponsored tours will be returning to the pier close to that time.  We always have at least 1 hour of buffer time before a ship all-aboard time in order to get you back with a comfortable margin of time.  We carry a GPS communication device on all vehicles that allows messaging to our base in Skagway in case of emergencies or delays. We will not book you on any tour that is not back with time to spare to make your ship departure. We do drop off at the ship per and we guarantee that you will make your ship, or we will pay for your transportation to the next port. (This only applies to cruise ships docked in Skagway. If your ship docks in Haines and you choose to make your own transportation plans to Skagway for a tour with us, we cannot guarantee your passage back to Haines.  If there is a ferry breakdown or some other complication in you getting back to Haines for your ship all-aboard there, we are not responsible and will not pay for your transport to the next port). If you choose not to be dropped off at the ship pier after the tour but in town instead and then subsequently miss your ship, we do not take any responsiblity for that as it is up to you at the point of drop off to get back to your ship before the all-aboard time.

What are Passport Requirements and restrictions to crossing the borders?

All our tours travel the scenic South Klondike Highway, which crosses the Canadian border just 15 miles north of Skagway. The USA border station is only 7 miles from Skagway and Identification is checked there on the way coming back into Skagway from the White Pass. Passports are REQUIRED for the USA and Canada border crossing. You will need an Original Valid Passport, Passport Card, Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST) for crossing the border to Canada. Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) are only allowed for the USA border crossing and can be used only on the White Pass Summit & City tour.

For some nationalities, additional documentation (like a Visa) may be required for entry to Canada and/or USA. Single-entry Visas are acceptable for entry to Canada at this border on a tour. Canada Visas (if needed for your nationality) are required on all tours except the White Pass Summit & City Tour which is the only tour that does not cross through Canada immigration. Passports (and USA Visa if required) are still needed on the White Pass Summit & City tour. Children with USA or Canada citizenship (15 and younger) accompanying parents should have a Passport OR an original or certified (raised seal) of birth certificate (no copies allowed). If one or both parents are not traveling with the child, a letter of authorization from the absent parent(s) is also necessary to cross into Canada. Canadian Border Service Agency recommends that parents who share custody of their children carry copies of their legal custody documents. You must carry a consent letter to provide authorization for you to take them on a trip and enter Canada if you share custody and the other parent is not traveling with you, OR if you are NOT the parent/legal guardian of the children you are traveling with. The consent letter must include the custodial parents’ or legal guardians’ full name, address and telephone number, child’s details, and person’s details of who they are traveling with. Having the letter notarized will support its authenticity, especially if you are taking a longer trip and crossing the border several times. Border services officers may ask additional questions to the children you are traveling with if you are not the parent/guardian or are traveling without both parents/guardians.  Here is a link to a sample letter that can be filled out before travel.

Those who lack the necessary identification will not be allowed to board the tour, and, as a consequence, may miss it. No refund will be given under these circumstances. While we will do everything possible to accommodate passengers lacking identification, there is no guarantee that suitable arrangements can be made. If you have any questions regarding proper identification for the border crossing, please contact us.

Passengers with a criminal conviction (misdemeanor or felony) including severe traffic violations, such as DUI or Hit & Run, will be denied entrance into Canada so should not join any tour besides the White Pass Summit & City tour or our rafting tours in Dyea.

How do I pay for the tour?

For most of our tours (White Pass Summit & City Tour, Yukoner, and Yukon Discovery) we have an automated booking system in place for you to enter your Payment information online at the time of booking (through RezdyPay). There is $5 deposit per order charged at the time of booking. The balance on the order will be charged on the day of the tour. (If you pay the $5 deposit with PayPal we will send you a payment link to pay the remainder in full.) Your order will be Pending once entered and we will send it back Confirmed once we review your information and verify availability. For our more White Pass & Rafting combo tour we have you fill out a Reservation Request form. After we receive your Request form, we will email you to confirm we have the space and get any additional information we need from you then send you a confirmation by email and Payment link to pay in full in advance (or we can call you to get a credit card for $5 deposit and charge the balance on the day of the tour). Finally, if you do not show up for the tour, your credit card on file in RezdyPay will be charged the full amount. If we don’t have a credit card on file but have sent you a payment link for the balance of the tour and you do not pay by 24 hours before the tour we will cancel your booking; See our Cancellation Policy below.

What is your cancellation policy?

In booking a tour you are agreeing to pay for all the seats you reserve, unless you give Frontier Excursions & Adventures 24 hours notice of cancellation or changes to your reservation. Failure to give notice of cancellation or changes to your reservation will result in your credit card being charged for all the seats you reserved for the tour. (The only exception is if your cruise ship does not make its scheduled stop at Skagway, if the ship is delayed arriving to port and we cannot reschedule your tour, if you are quarantined in your cabin for illness, or if Frontier Excursions & Adventures must cancel the tour for any reason.) Frontier Excursions retains the right to cancel a tour for any reason, in which case you will receive a full refund. If you do cancel before the 24 hour period we will refund your $5 deposit or your full amount if you have paid in advance.

How should I dress?

Weather may be windier/wetter/cooler/warmer on the tour than at the time of departure as we travel through different climate zones. The best way to dress is in layers, so that you can shed a layer when warm, or add a layer if cool. Top your shirt with a sweatshirt/sweater/fleece, plus a wind/waterproof jacket, and you should be comfortable for the day. Heavy parkas are usually not recommended for summertime. If you come from a warm climate you may also consider bringing a hat or gloves for warmth. Temperatures can vary from upper 30s at the White Pass in cooler weather to 90 in the Yukon on a warm summer day. So, consider the general weather of the day before deciding how many layers to bring. For example, if it is a warm and sunny day in Skagway you will most likely not need raincoats or warm sweaters/hats/gloves. But if it seems cooler/cloudy/rainy then bring more layers. Comfortable shoes are also recommended. Bring a camera and binoculars are recommended although our vehicles have one for use.

Are restrooms available on tour?

Our mini-buses are not equipped with restrooms. Our tours follow the South Klondike Highway through much wilderness but with very limited facilities. There are primitive outhouses available for use on all tours and the 6.5 hour Yukon Discovery tour has modern restrooms available at Caribou Crossing and/or Carcross at mid-point of the tour. Our Yukoner (4 hour) tour stops at the Yukon Suspension bridge and there is a modern restroom available. Be aware there may be the possibility of up to 1.5-2 hours or so without a restroom break. If you have issues with needing more frequent restroom stops, you may be better off booking a roundtrip train tour or bus tour on a large motorcoach equipped with restroom. These are available through your ship offered tours.

What type of vehicles do you use?

For our bus tours, we use comfortable custom mini-coaches, with a 13-to-28 passenger capacity (depending on group size). All feature large touring windows, bucket seats and PA systems. We have an on staff mechanic, and our vehicles are meticulously maintained for safety.

Our vehicles are NOT wheelchair or scooter accessible. If you are semi-ambulatory and use a walker or can transfer from a wheelchair and go up and down a few steps with assistance, we can most likely help you off and on our buses. Please inform us of any limited mobility situation when you book. We would also need to save space on the bus for a walker or folding wheelchair.

How do I decide which tour is best for me?

When considering your tour choice, keep in mind your preferences as to group size, time available, and budget.

To see the most and best variety in your day, consider the Yukon Territory (Yukoner and Yukon Discovery). The scenery is different than what you’ll see along the Inside Passage which is temperate coastal rainforest. As you travel over the White Pass and farther inland toward the Yukon, the climate becomes drier and ecosystems change. You’ll get above the treeline into sub-arctic alpine tundra at the White Pass, then travel into Boreal forest wilderness as you approach the Yukon. Also, regardless of the weather in Skagway, it’s usually better in Canada over the White Pass. Our best chances of seeing wildlife, such as bears, also improves as you go toward the Yukon (though is possible on any of our tours).

If you want a shorter tour that covers the main highlights on a budget and leaves more free time for you to shop or do a second tour during your day in port, then the White Pass Summit & City Tour give you the history of the gold rush and some incredible scenery in the shortest time frame at 2.75 hours. The Yukoner, at 4 hours is also a good option for a shorter tour.

For more active tours and outdoor adventure consider our sister company,  Skagway Float Tours.   We have a Combo day where you can combine one of our shorter bus tours with either the Scenic River Float or the Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float.

Will we see wildlife?

For wildlife sightings such as bears, moose, mountain goats and others, the Yukon is the best possibility. Approximately 30-50% of Yukon excursions see some type of wildlife. Wildlife sightings are most active in May and June. For water-related wildlife, such as eagles and seals, the Skagway Float Tours (Chilkoot Trail Hike & Float or Scenic River Float) are best. Remember, wildlife sightings, while occurring frequently, are at the whim of Mother Nature!

What's the difference between your tours and the train?

The train is a great trip through the mountains and an engineering landmark, and train buffs should plan on including it in their visit to Skagway. However, if you want a great tour no matter the means of transportation, you’ll find that our bus tours do parallel the train route in part and offer advantages including multiple photo stops and a chance to interact with your guide. At the stops all passengers can get out to take in the fresh mountain air and to take as many photos as desired where as the train is in constant motion. Also you can get personalized attention from your guide as you have the opportunity to ask questions and capture family photos with the guide as your photographer. In addition, you’ll find our bus tours offer great value for the money.

How soon should I book?

We highly recommend you book early (several months in advance) to guarantee your desired tour. You may book via our website or call us. Our longer tours to the Yukon and Yukon border book up fastest. Our White Pass Summit and City tour often has closer in availability.

Can I book a tour after arriving in Skagway?

Yes, our sales office is located in the Golden North Hotel building at 3rd and Broadway in the heart of downtown. There is a shuttle stop across the street from our location, so if you take a shuttle from the ship, you can request a drop off at our office. Your best rate will always come by booking directly through us. We may also be reached by phone at 907.983.2512, or out-of-town toll free at 877.983.2512. Please be aware that some tours may be sold out on the day of your arrival, especially busy port days like Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

"Most amazing part of Alaska/Northwest was our 6hr trip into the Yukon with Frontier Excursions! Scenery, bears, porcupines, marmot, snow, lakes, sled dogs and pups, goats, horses, great meal and a great tour guide oh my! We loved her: funny and smart! I would say this was definitely the best part of our cruise."

"our tour guide, mike, helped make the tour one of the highlights of the entire cruise. his knowledge and sense of humor is second to none. i know i emailed multiple times prior to our arrival and each time you provided a quick response. i truly appreciated that. frontier excursions far exceeded my expectations and i will definitely recommend and use you for my future bookings.", "my mother and i took the yukon discovery excursion and had a fantastic time the van was very comfortable and our tour guide, brooke, was fun and knowledgeable. we made plenty of stops to view the beautiful scenery and take photographs.", "just wanted to take a minute and tell you how much we thoroughly enjoyed our tour with frontier excursions. beverly was an absolutely fantastic guide. she was very friendly, knowledgeable, walked the cemetery with the group and up to the falls. stopped at beautiful sites for us to take pictures, took some pictures for us with our cameras. she was a great driver . certainly recommend frontier excursions to anyone i know.", premier skagway tours, frontier excursions & adventures.

brings you incredible natural beauty, unique Gold Rush history, and world-class scenery around every turn.

Our goal is to provide a high-quality tour, friendly and helpful service, and a fun day for your family on a Skagway tour. We make lots of stops for viewing, photography, and breathing the fresh mountain air!

We hope you’ll join us for a great tour day in Skagway.

We pick up at the Cruise ship docks and our office – 3rd and Broadway, at the Golden North Hotel, Skagway, Alaska.

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Visit skagway & the yukon, spectacular scenery:.

Gold Rush Trail White Pass Yukon Territory Pitchfork Falls Bridal Veil Falls Moore Creek Bridge Welcome to Alaska Sign Summit Lake Tormented Valley Yukon Suspension Bridge Welcome to Yukon Sign Lake Bennett Carcross Desert Emerald Lake Caribou Crossing Chilkoot Trail Dyea Valley Taiya River


Sightseeing Scenic Driving Photography Rafting Hiking

Watch for Wildlife:

Bears Moose Caribou Eagles Dall Sheep Mountain Goats Marmots


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THE 10 BEST Skagway Shore Excursions

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  • Photography Tours
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  • Cultural Tours
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  • The ranking of tours, activities, and experiences available on Tripadvisor is determined by several factors including the revenue generated by Tripadvisor from these bookings, the frequency of user clicks, and the volume and quality of customer reviews. Occasionally, newly listed offerings may be prioritized and appear higher in the list. The specific placement of these new listings may vary.

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1. Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon

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2. Yukon Suspension Bridge and Summit Tour

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3. Sled Dog Adventure and Pan for Gold in the Yukon

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4. Wild Adventure Yukon Tour into Canada + White Pass Summit

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5. Private luxury shore excursion Skagway, AK to Emerald Lake, Yukon.

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6. Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

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7. Half-Day Skagway City Tour and White Pass Summit Adventure

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8. Summit Experience & Yukon Suspension Bridge Tour

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9. Skagway Shore Excursion: Yukon Discovery Tour

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10. Summer Sled Dog Remote Yukon Camp & Summit Tour

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11. Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing - 6.5 hrs from Skagway

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12. Sled Dog Discovery in Skagway

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13. Skagway Shore Excursion: Yukon Dog Sledding and Sightseeing Tour

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14. Inside Passage Sea Kayaking from Skagway

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15. Summit Lake Canoe Adventure from Skagway

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16. Skagway Shore Excursion: White Pass Summit and Skagway City Tour

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17. City and Mountain Summit Shore Excursion in Skagway

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18. Half-Day Yukon Sightseeing Shore Excursion from Skagway

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19. Yukon Husky Puppy Play Time & Summit Tour

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20. Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

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21. Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition

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22. Skagway City & Summit Tour

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23. Bridge, Puppies, and Summit Triple Combo in Skagway

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24. 2.5-Hour Taiya River Scenic Float from Skagway

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25. Half Day Tour to Yukon and Suspension Bridge

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26. Guided Winter Wonderland Tour to Canada

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27. Pet the Pups 7-hour Scenic Journey to the Yukon and Dogsledding Camp

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28. Musher's Camp and S'more Roasting Experience

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29. Yukon Escapade: Lakes, Wilderness, and Hidden Gems

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30. Yukon Extended Summit Drive Tour (From Skagway)

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  • Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge
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11 BEST Skagway Shore Excursions For An Alaska Cruise

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What are the best Skagway shore excursions? Is Skagway walkable from the cruise port?

After living in Alaska for nearly a year, we learned a lot about the best Alaska cruise ports with Skagway consistently being ranked in the top three! If you aren’t sure where Skagway is, it’s a small town located in Southeast Alaska and is known for its rich history during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Skagway is a very walkable town, with most of the main attractions and shops located within a few blocks of the cruise port. However, if you want to explore more of Skagway and its surrounding areas including its glaciers and mountainous regions known for epic wildlife viewing, that’s where the shore excursions come into play.

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This Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon is undoubtedly the #1 tour on this list!

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If you’re planning on visiting Skagway on a cruise ship, you may be wondering about the best shore excursions and if it’s actually worth investing the time and money into these tours. We totally get it!

In this guide, we’ll go over some of the top-rated Skagway shore excursions and include ample information on the best time to visit Skagway, our #1 pick when it comes to Skagway tours, and even what to pack for your tour!

11 BEST Skagway Shore Excursions

1. skagway shore excursion: full-day tour of the yukon.

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Unquestionably one of the best tours on this list, the Skagway Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of the Yukon offers an unforgettable full-day expedition along the scenic Klondike Highway, providing stunning views of mountains, waterfalls, and possibly even wildlife. Not to mention additional stops at the Yukon “Larger than Life” sign as well as Wild Adventure Yukon and an epic viewpoint overlooking Bove Island!

You’ll also visit the iconic Carcross Desert and witness the mesmerizing beauty of Emerald Lake, all with the guidance and knowledge of a seasoned local tour guide. Not only does this tour offer numerous photo opportunities of the untamed wilderness, but it also includes a hearty lunch to fuel your adventure.

Perfect for people of all ages, this tour invites you to cross the border between Alaska and Canada’s famed Yukon along one of the most scenic highways in the world!

2. Summit Lake Canoe Adventure from Skagway

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Thanks to Skagway’s stunning location on the border of British Columbia, guests are treated to epic alpine lakes right at their door! The Summit Lake Canoe Adventure from Skagway offers a tranquil escape into nature, featuring a peaceful paddle across the stunning Summit Lake. With breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, this tour provides ample opportunity to escape the crowded cruise port and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

With the guidance of expert tour operators, this 4.5-hour excursion includes a scenic drive along the Klondike Highway and includes views of the White Pass, Denver Glacier, Bridal Veil Falls, and even the Tongass National Forest!

Providing ample opportunities to witness wildlife in their natural habitat, this amazing canoe adventure is perfect for those looking to get a good paddle in. But, don’t worry, the canoes come with an outboard motor to assist in your experience.

3. Skagway Shore Excursion: Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge

Full-day Skagway shore excursions may bring you to the Yukon Suspension Bridge and the White Pass Summit

For those with limited time or seeking a shorter adventure, the Half-Day Tour to the Yukon Border and Suspension Bridge provides a fantastic taste of the region’s remarkable landscapes. This 4-hour tour will take you through some of the Yukon’s top sites including the historic Captain William Moore Bridge, Pitchfork Falls, and the exceedingly popular Yukon Suspension Bridge.

Prepare to be enthralled as you make your way to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, where you can walk across and gaze upon the roaring Tutshi River below. It’s quite high above the river (57 feet), so if you don’t like heights, bear this in mind.

Additionally, this exciting half-day trip offers the chance to explore the Yukon border and get photos at the “Welcome to the Yukon” sign! With dedicated and knowledgeable guides sharing insights into the area’s history and ecology, the journey is as educational as it is visually stunning.

4. Skagway Shore Excursion: Scenic River Float Tour

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For those who seek a gentler adventure wrapped in the beauty of Alaska’s landscapes, the Scenic River Float Tour offers a serene way to take in the sights and sounds of Southeast Alaska’s Dyea Valley. This family-friendly 2-to-2.5-hour tour glides you down the Taiya River on a relaxing river float.

Once aboard the raft, guests are treated to the tranquility of the slow-moving waters, which provide an excellent platform for wildlife viewing! Your knowledgeable guides are also well-versed in the history of the Gold Rush era and the natural history of the surrounding flora and fauna.

This scenic float is perfect for those who want to experience Alaska’s grandeur without the exertion of a hike or climb. It’s a gentle, soul-soothing journey down one of the area’s most picturesque waterways, allowing for ample relaxation and wildlife-spotting opportunities.

5. Yukon Suspension Bridge and Summit Tour

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A fantastic option if you’re seeking a quick tour that gets you to the White Pass Summit, the Yukon Suspension Bridge and Summit Tour invites guests to journey along the historic White Pass Trail, famously trodden by the prospectors during the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. As you ascend the White Pass Summit in comfort, take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding peaks and the deep valleys below.

Afterward, upon reaching the Yukon Suspension Bridge, be prepared for an exhilarating experience as you traverse the sturdy, yet swaying, bridge 57 feet above the tumultuous waters of the Tutshi River. This bridge is not only a marvel of engineering but also serves as a vantage point offering unprecedented views of the wild, untamed landscape.

At just 3 hours long, this tour makes it possible for those on a short Alaska cruise stop to see some of the best views in the Yukon! Plus, cruise port pick-up and drop-off are included, so you don’t have to worry about transportation logistics.

6. Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition

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The Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition presents an exhilarating canopy experience for those in search of adventure in Skagway, Alaska. During this 4-hour tour, thrill-seekers will find themselves soaring through a dense Alaskan rainforest, gliding across numerous zip lines with each line offering a unique vantage point of the stunning natural landscape, including pristine forest terrain and cascading waterfalls.

Guided by experts with a strong emphasis on safety, participants will also navigate suspension bridges, adding another level of excitement to the course. Plus, you even get to ride in a local Unimog when navigating wet terrain!

Suitable for adventurers of all skill levels ages 6 and up, this tour is a fantastic option for those visiting Skagway.

7. Skagway Highlights Electric Bike Tour with Gold Panning

Gold panning is a popular Skagway shore excursion

Experience the best of Skagway’s scenic beauty and historical allure on the Skagway Highlights Electric Bike Tour with Gold Panning ! This 3-hour tour is a unique blend of active adventure and a journey into the captivating history of the Gold Rush era. As you pedal along Skagway’s panoramic coastal roadways on an easy-to-ride electric bike, the beautiful views of this charming Alaskan town provide a picturesque backdrop.

The tour begins with an orientation to the electric bikes, ensuring that riders of all experience levels can navigate with ease. You’ll trace the path along the historic railway, stopping at various strategic viewpoints for photo opportunities. Sharing tales from the late 1800s, your guide will transport you back to the days when fortune-seekers thronged the area and even stop by the Gold Rush Cemetery.

As you ride back into the heart of Skagway, the adventure concludes with a fun and informative session of gold panning, where you can try your luck at filling your pockets with gold!

8. Ocean Raft Alaska

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Prepare for a heart-pumping adventure with the Ocean Raft Alaska Wildlife Adventure ! This 2.25-hour journey is an invigorating dive into Alaska’s wild side as you zip across the crisp waters of the Lynn Canal, North America’s deepest fjord.

Clad in a weatherproof exposure suit and mask, you’ll brave the elements aboard a high-speed ocean raft, allowing for a truly intimate encounter with Alaska’s breathtaking coastal environment.

Your expert captain and guide will lead you to the best spots where you could witness the majesty of local wildlife such as humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and bald eagles. This tour not only promises adrenaline but also provides an unmatched opportunity to witness the raw beauty of Alaskan wildlife in its natural habitat.

Ideal for photographers and adventure enthusiasts, this is easily among the most exciting tours on this list!

9. Skagway Scooter Gold Rush Adventure

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For those who crave adventure with a taste of history, the Skagway Scooter Gold Rush Adventure is an exhilarating way to see Skagway and learn about its Gold Rush past. Across 3 hours, you’ll hop on a comfortable scooter and zip along Skagway’s streets on a fast-paced 19-mile excursion!

The tour begins with a safety briefing and instructions on handling your scooter, ensuring a fun and secure experience. The route highlights Skagway’s most picturesque spots and historic sites, with frequent stops for photos and storytelling by your knowledgeable guide.

This adventure is suitable for all riders, whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced scooter enthusiast. Limited to just 8 riders, this small-group tour guarantees personalized attention from your guide and a more intimate experience of Skagway.

10. Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Some Skagway shore excursions offer canoe trips

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the Glacier Point Wilderness Safari ! This 6-hour excursion takes you from the historic Skagway harbor to the pristine natural beauty of Glacier Point. You’ll journey through fjords via a high-speed catamaran, marveling at the sheer rock faces and lush greenery that border the waters while searching for local wildlife including whales, seals, sea lions, eagles, and more!

Upon reaching the glacier, you will transition to a special wheeled vehicle to traverse the beach, then set off on a short hike through the rainforest, leading to a point where you can stand face-to-face with the iconic Davidson Glacier.

The safari includes a guided canoe trip around the glacier’s meltwater lake, giving you the chance to glide along its iceberg-studded surface. The breathtaking scenery, with the glacier’s blue ice serving as a silent, powerful backdrop, offers an unparalleled experience.

Designed for nature lovers and adventure seekers, this is easily among the best shore excursions in Skagway, Alaska!

11. Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting

A visit to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is one of the best Skagway shore excursions you can take

Congregating by the thousands, the Chilkat Preserve is one of the best places in the world to spot bald eagles fishing for salmon! And what better way to get up close than on a Chilkoot River Rafting Tour ?

This 6.5-hour guided adventure will have you gliding along the peaceful waters of the Chilkat River, surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests.

Seasonal highlights include a chance to watch for bear and moose sightings along the shore, majestic bald eagles soaring above, and a brilliant display of wild salmon running in the summer months. With stable kayaks and comprehensive paddling instruction provided, this tour is suitable for beginners and experienced rafters alike.

FAQ: Skagway Shore Excursions

In this last section, we’ve provided some helpful information regarding the best shore excursions in Skagway including the ideal time to visit, where you can see glaciers, how to get around the port, and more!

What is the Best Excursion in Skagway?

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In our opinion, the best Skagway shore excursion is this Full-Day Tour of the Yukon ! It offers the most of any tour on this list including crossing the iconic Klondike Highway, visiting several stunning lakes including Emerald Lake, and even making a unique stop in the Carcross desert.

Undoubtedly one of the top tours on this list, the Full-Day Tour of the Yukon is perfect for all ages and provides an unmatched experience in terms of scenic views, wildlife sightings, and local expert knowledge from your guide!

Is Skagway Walkable from the Cruise Port?

Fortunately for travelers, Skagway is a small and very walkable town that can be easily reached from the cruise port !

Many of the restaurants and shops are located within a few blocks of the cruise port, making it easy to explore on foot. However, for those looking to venture further out or visit surrounding areas, booking a shore excursion is recommended.

Do Most Skagway Alaska Shore Excursions Depart from the Cruise Port?

Many shore excursions in Skagway depart directly from the cruise port

Conveniently for guests arriving in Alaska via cruise, most shore excursions in Skagway depart from the cruise port or one of the streets very close by .

We’ve also noticed that even if the excursion doesn’t depart directly from the cruise port, they’ll have someone with the local company meet people coming off the ship right on the dock with a large sign so you know exactly where to go!

This makes it easy to plan and schedule your day without worrying about transportation to and from the port.

Is It Worth Taking a Skagway Shore Excursion?

It is undoubtedly worth taking a shore excursion in Skagway ! While the town itself is charming and walkable, the majority of worthwhile attractions lie a considerable distance outside of the main area and can only be accessed through an excursion or rental car.

We’ve talked about how Alaska isn’t necessarily a budget-friendly destination, however, if you’ll be visiting on a cruise, then it’s well worth budgeting for a shore excursion to get the most out of your time in Skagway.

Otherwise, you’ll just be spending the day some Alaska souvenir shopping which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re hoping for a rest day, but it’s also not very exciting either. Depending on your goals for Skagway, you may or may not want to consider a shore excursion for the day!

How Much Do Shore Excursions in Skagway Cost?

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On average, you might expect to spend anywhere from $50 for simple walking tours to upwards of $300 for more extensive adventures, such as helicopter rides to glaciers or full-day train journeys. However, the cost of shore excursions in Skagway can vary widely depending on the type of activity and duration.

It’s essential to consider your budget and what experiences are most important to you when selecting an excursion. Many visitors find that investing in a unique experience, like trekking on a glacier or a scenic train ride through the White Pass, is a highlight of their Alaskan cruise, making the cost well worth it.

What Should I Pack for Skagway Shore Tours?

Packing for Skagway shore tours means being prepared for Alaska’s temperamental weather. Here is a list of some items we’d recommend having with you on your excursion:

  • Layers of clothing : The weather in Skagway can change quickly, so it’s always best to dress in layers. Bring a waterproof jacket, warm sweater or fleece, and long pants.
  • Comfortable walking shoes : Many shore excursions involve hiking or walking, so make sure you have sturdy and comfortable shoes with good traction.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses : Even on cloudy days, the sun in Alaska can be quite strong and may cause sunburns. Protect your skin and eyes by packing sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Camera : You’ll want to capture all the beautiful scenery and wildlife you encounter on your excursion. Don’t forget to pack a camera or fully charged phone with you!
  • Bug spray : Especially if you’re planning on hiking or spending time in nature, bug spray is a must to protect against mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Cash or credit card : Be sure to have some form of payment with you for any extras on your excursion, such as souvenirs or snacks. Some tours may also require cash tips for the guides.

Overall, it’s always best to pack for a variety of weather conditions when visiting Alaska, so you can be prepared for whatever comes your way during your shore excursion in Skagway. Some tour operators will also have their own list of recommended items to bring, so be sure to check with them as well!

Can You See Glaciers in Skagway?

Some Skagway shore excursions go to the Davidson Glacier

Yes, you can see glaciers in Skagway and they are one of the city’s most popular attractions ! The most famous of these is the Davidson Glacier, which is often visited on boat and canoe excursions.

These trips allow you to witness the breathtaking beauty of the glacier up close and provide an opportunity for epic photos. Additionally, helicopter tours can offer an aerial view of the glaciers, providing a unique perspective on their vastness and the intricate crevasses and ice formations.

What is the Best Time to Visit Skagway Alaska?

The best time to visit Skagway, Alaska is during the summer months, from May to September . This period provides the warmest weather and the longest days, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the outdoor excursions and breathtaking scenery.

The summer season also coincides with the peak of the cruise ship arrivals, ensuring that all tours, shops, and attractions are open and fully operational. However, those looking for a quieter visit might consider the shoulder months, May and September, when there are fewer tourists and the natural beauty of the region can be enjoyed in relative solitude.

What Cruise Lines Visit Skagway?

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Several major cruise lines visit Skagway, including:

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Princess Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line

These are just a few of the many options that offer itineraries to Skagway. Be sure to research and compare different cruise lines to find one that best fits your interests, budget, and preferred travel dates.

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Whether you’re interested in visiting the iconic White Pass Summit, taking a canoe ride around a glacier, or wildlife sightings, there’s an excursion for everyone in Skagway! A Skagway shore excursion is an excellent way to make the most out of your visit to this charming Alaskan town, even if you’ll just be visiting for a day via cruise.

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20 Best Things to do in Skagway Alaska Cruise Port – Complete Guide

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Skagway, Alaska is a popular cruise port with a fascinating history. Cruisers who stop in Skagway will find a town that has retained its gold rush era charm and activities and excursions that will appeal to a variety of ages and interests. 

In fact, Skagway may just be a highlight of your Alaska cruise !

In 1898, Skagway became a base camp and supply station for thousands of Yukon gold rush miners. People seeking their fortunes would start in Skagway and then choose either the steep (but shorter) route over the White Pass Trail or the Chilkoot Pass Trail located in nearby Dyea. 

Growing up in Alaska, I was able to experience many historical gold rush towns. It is enthralling to step into the past and learn about the grit and determination of early Alaskan settlers.

In this post, I share the best things to do in Skagway on a cruise, including shore excursions as well as inexpensive or free activities. I’ve also included the information you’ll need to know about visiting the Skagway cruise port for the day and answered common questions.

Skagway Cruise Port 

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Most cruise ships arriving in Skagway will dock at at one of three locations right on the edge of town: Ore Dock, Railroad Dock or Broadway Dock. 

The city of Skagway is within easy walking distance of the cruise port. There are many shore excursions to choose from, including the popular and historic White Pass Trail, that are accessible to cruise passengers.

What Cruise Passengers Need to Know About Skagway Cruise Port


Although close to Canada, Skagway is located in Alaska (USA). The official currency is the USD (United States Dollar). 

Businesses in Skagway will accept cash, credit and debit cards.

In Alaska, you might hear some unusual vernacular including “Lower 48” (the 48 contiguous United States), “break-up” (spring time when ice and snow finally melt) and “cheechako” (a newcomer), but the primary language is English. 

90% of Alaska (including Skagway) is within the Alaska Standard Time Zone. Alaska Standard Time Zone is one hour behind Pacific Time and four hours behind the Eastern Time Zone. 

In Skagway, the weather will range from the 40s to the low 60s during Alaska cruise season.  Skagway has the driest climate of any of the Southeast passage port towns, which means you’ll probably enjoy sunny weather during your visit. 

Tip: When considering what to wear on your Alaska cruise , it’s a good idea to dress in layers. Mornings will start off cool, but the weather can warm up significantly later in the day.

Getting Around Skagway

It is very easy for cruisers to get around Skagway on foot. It’s only a short walk from the dock to downtown Skagway. Overall, this city is very walkable. 

Public Transit


The Skagway Municipal And Regional Transit (SMART) offers a SMART shuttle bus. Their  “Dock to Downtown” Loop runs every 15 minutes during cruise season.  

An all-day SMART bus pass costs $5 per person or you can pay $3 per person for a one-way pass. 

Electric Bikes (EBikes) 

Renting an E-Bike will give you independence and speed as you explore Skagway. 

You can also book a self-guided tour through Klondike Bikes, and even arrange to have a picnic lunch ready for pickup when you arrive. All rentals include helmets and bike locks. 

Car Rentals

There aren’t many car rental options in this small town. DIY Jeep Tours is one innovative option that combines a rental car with a built-in tour guide. Each rental includes a CD that will give you mile-by-mile guide explaining historic and scenic spots. 

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The 10 Best Skagway Shore Excursions


The variety of shore excursion options is one reason why Skagway is such a popular stop for cruise ships. From gold mining history to rainforest bicycle tours, it might be hard to narrow down your list of things to do.

Here are some of the best Skagway excursions.

1. Ride the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway 


This breathtaking train ride will take you on the White Pass Summit route  that gold miners took in 1898. You’ll see glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and even signs of the original Klondike trail worn into rocks. 

The train ride lasts from 2.5-2.75 hours and goes 40 miles round trip. You do not need your passport to ride the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, but be sure to bring your camera. 

If this is your first Alaska cruise , the White Rail Pass is a shore excursion to consider.

2. Feel the Rush of a Dog Sled Ride


Skagway offers a very unique opportunity to learn about the history of dog sledding and experience an exhilarating dog sled ride. 

There are several different companies that offer sledding experiences including a dogsled ride on a wheeled “summer sled.” Watching trained huskies pull a dog sled is an awe inspiring experience. Not only are sled dogs powerful, they also love what they do (and it shows). 

The dog sledding and musher’s camp shore excursion is a popular Alaska cruise line excursion.

3. Pan for Gold at Liarsville Goldrush Camp

You’ll be transported back to Skagway’s gold rush days with this entertaining excursion that takes two hours and includes transport to and from the cruise ship aboard a bus. 

An all-you-can-eat salmon feast awaits you once you arrive at the “Liarsville” camp. Afterwards, you’ll head to a gold rush era trail camp, for a melodrama performance with costumed 19th century characters. 

You’re guaranteed to strike gold as you learn all about gold panning. Use the rest of your time to walk through the camp’s laundry, bordello and gift shop. 

4. Head to the Yukon Boarder on a Mini Bus Tour 


On this guided tour, you’ll travel 100 miles roundtrip to the Yukon border. Along the way, there are numerous photo stops and opportunities to see wildlife including bear, moose, caribou and bald eagles. 

This narrated scenic tour will give you a better glimpse into the interior of Alaska and provide you with interesting gold rush history and nature information. 

This tour meets at the cruise ship pier. Because you’ll crosses over into Canada, passports are required for adults and children over age 16. Children under 16 need to have either a passport or an original raised seal birth certificate. 

5. Take in the Majesty of Glaciers with an Aerial Tour

It’s hard to describe the spectacular feeling of seeing a glacier in person. With an other-worldly blue color and colossal size, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to see (and walk on) a river of ice. 

If you choose an aerial glacier excursion , you can book it through the cruise line, take a SMART bus or walk 5-30 minutes to the helicopter port (depending on your dock location). After 15 minutes of preflight instruction and safety training, you’ll put glacier boots over your shoes and climb aboard a helicopter for a 40 minute round trip flight. 

Guides choose the best route and landing spot depending on weather, but explorers will potentially land on either the Chilkat, Ferebee or Meade Glaciers. After landing, your experienced glacier guide will spend 40 minutes with you on the glacier, teaching you about glaciers and answering any questions you might have before you return back to the helicopter port.

6. Float the Taiya River

For cruisers wanting to experience Alaskan outdoors and wildlife, a Taiya River Float Trip is an excellent choice. Your 2.5 hour trip includes a 10-mile drive along the Dyea Valley and 35-45 minutes floating down the scenic Taiya River. 

Because this river is fed by glacier water, it has a gorgeous green-turquise color. Bits of rock called “glacial flour” reflect sunlight, resulting in a beautiful and unusual color. 

There is a good chance you will see Alaskan wildlife including bald eagles, otters, moose, and potentially bears.  

7. Rainforest Cycling Trip

Did you know that Southeast Alaska is home to the nation’s largest rainforest? You can experience the beauty of a temperate rainforest in this active excursion. 

Your adventure begins with a 25 minute van ride through Skagway, up the coastal mountains to the summit of White Pass. You’ll then begin a 15-mile downhill, 1.5 hour bicycle ride on the paved Klondike Highway past waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and historic sites. 

8. Explore the Shores of North America’s deepest Fjord in an Ocean Raft 

Skagway is home to Lynn Canal, North America’s longest and deepest fjord. This is a high adventure excursion on a speed boat that will have you flying past gorgeous waterfalls, rocky beaches and wildlife. 

Each 17-25 person open air boat includes a captain and a naturalist that share interesting facts. The boats stop often for wildlife viewing and photo taking opportunities. 

This excursion is for ages 10 years and up, and you’ll be outfitted in a one-piece “exposure suit” (basically a giant warm and waterproof jumpsuit), a balaclava hat, goggles and gloves. 

9. Explore the Chilkoot Trail 

The 33-mile Chilkoot Trail is called “The World’s Longest Outdoor Museum” because of the artifacts left behind by hundreds of gold rush miners in the late 1890s. 

Cruisers can get information about the historic Chilkoot trail and a hiking permit at the Trail Center in Skagway, located on Broadway between 5th and 6th Avenues.

If you decide to Explore Chilkoot Trail, all hikers must watch a 30 minute mandatory trail orientation video scheduled at 8am, 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm daily  at the Trail Center during the permit season.

The trailhead starts in Dyea, a 10 mile drive from Skagway. SMART Bus has a shuttle that runs to Dyea for $15 a person. 

10. Rainforest Ziplining

You’ll get a bird’s eye view of North America’s largest temperate rainforest as you soar down a zipline in this active excursion. 

The Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition includes 10 ziplines and four suspension bridges. You’ll begin with a 35 bus ride from the cruise ship dock to Dyea. After safety training, you’ll have two hours to fly through the rainforest at speeds over 45 miles per hour over spectacular sights including glacier fed waterfalls. 

Cruisers of all ages will love this active adventure in Skagway. 

10 of the Best Free Things do do in Skagway Cruise Port

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1. Stroll Down a Gold Rush Main Street 

Skagway’s mainstreet is home to darling shops, restaurants and museums. You could easily spend a few hours enjoying the boardwalk and perusing shops that sell jewelry, furs, and unique-to-Alaska gifts and souvenirs.

The downtown boardwalk is about a 10 minute walk from the docks.

2. Enjoy a “Ranger’s Choice” Daily Talk

Every day from Early May to Late September, you can hear rangers from the National Park Service talk about their favorite Alaskan subjects at the Visitor Center. 

The NPS Visitor Center is less than a half a mile from most cruise ship docks, at 2nd and Broadway in the old White Pass & Yukon Route Depot building.

Talks range from 10-30 minutes and include a variety of subjects. 

3. Watch a Movie About the Gold Rush in Skagway

A free 25-minute film “Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike” is shown at the NPS Visitor Center. 

Check in to find out what time(s) the film is shown that day. You’ll leave with a great understanding of Skagway’s part in the Yukon Gold Rush. 

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4. Shop and Learn at Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory & Museum

If you love history and shopping, you’ll want to stop in at Corrington’s. The museum is tucked in the back of this high-end gift store and specializes in native artwork. It tells the history of Alaska in scrimshaw: artwork that is carved into ivory, whalebone and other materials. 

The museum itself takes 30-45 minutes to walk through. Afterwards, you can shop for your own scrimshaw, or another unique souvenir, to take home.

5. Marvel at the Snow and Ice Cutting Train on Broadway

Make your way down Broadway Street in downtown Skagway to get a picture of the snow and ice cutting train formerly used by the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. 

This massive train/snowplow was built in 1898 and cleared the tracks here until 1964. It was restored in 1995 and is now on display for visitors to enjoy. 

6. Take a picture of “The Most Photographed Building In Alaska”

The exterior of the Skagway Visitor’s Center, located in the historic Arctic Brotherhood Hallm is a tourist destination all on its own.The outside of this building is intricately decorated with over 8,800 pieces of driftwood. 

If you step across the street, you can see the letters “AB” (Arctic Brotherhood) and “1899” above the door. This unique building is a must-see!

7. Go Birding at Yakutania Point 

The trail head begins 15 minutes from the NPS Trail Center downtown. You’ll cross the Skagway River on a footbridge, then hike through trees until you come to a glorious overlook of the Lynn Canal fjord and docked cruise ships. 

Yakutania point is a great bird watching spot year round. You can read about the birds you might see and get a  Skagway bird species checklist here . 

This hike is 1-2 miles and will take you 1-2 hours roundtrip. 

8. Step Into History at the Gold Rush Cemetery and Lower Reid Falls

This historical cemetery is 4 mile round trip walk from downtown Skagway. You can also take the local SMART bus shuttle, which will drop you off about a half mile from the cemetery. 

There’s a fascinating list of people interred in the Gold Rush cemetery. You can see their ages and the common (and uncommon) ways that people died during in Skagway during the Gold Rush. 

Lower Reid Falls is a 10-15 minute hike behind the cemetery. This path is suitable for anyone with mobility issues. 

9. Experience the Tranquility of Lower Dewey Lake

If you want more a more challenging hike away from the cruise crowds, head to Lower Dewey Lake. 

It’s a little less than a mile to get to the trailhead frown downtown, and then 3.6 miles around the lake. 

The trail starts out with an uphill climb, but quickly evens out and becomes a leisurely loop. Chances are good that you’ll spot some wildlife as you experience peace and quiet.

Plan to spend 2-3.5 hours on this hike, depending on your speed. 

10. View Gold Rush Artifacts at the Skagway Museum & Archives

If you want to learn about the Yukon Gold Rush, the Skagway Museum and Archives is a fun (and inexpensive!) option. 

Located in a historical building on 7th Avenue & Spring Street, this museum now houses artifacts from Gold Rush Days, historical documents, photographs and even a taxidermied Alaskan brown bear!

A $2 donation is suggested. Your money will be well spent as you walk away with a better understanding of the importance of Skagway in Alaska’s history. 

Eat & Drink in Skagway


It can be an Alaska cruise mistake to not eat or drink in the ports of call. Consider having lunch or a local beer at one of the family owned restaurants.

Skagway Brewing Company is a popular favorite for locals, cruise travelers and cruise ship crew. Try a pint of Spruce Tip Ale for a unique taste of this Alaska beer.

The Red Onion Saloon is another popular restaurant in Skagway. Originally established in 1898 as a bordello for lonely gold miners during the Klondike gold rush era, the Red Onion Saloon is a historic landmark in Skagway. Now, you can grab a bite to eat while visiting the on-site brothel museum.


What is the best time of year to visit Skagway? 

Skagway has the mildest weather of any port town in Southeast Alaska, so it is a pleasure to visit any time during cruise season. The best time of year to visit is in July or August when the majority of shops and excursions are in full operation and the weather tends to be the driest. 

How far is downtown Skagway from the cruise port? 

Downtown Skagway is a quick walk from the cruise port. There are four different ports available for cruise ships to dock in Skagway. Depending on which port your ship is docked in, the walk from the cruise port to downtown Skagway is between half to three quarters of a mile long. 

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The charming port town of Skagway, Alaska lets cruise passengers step back in time to gold rush days through exciting excursions. Whether you walk through a historical museum, try your hand at panning gold or explore nature, this port will be a memorable stop on your Alaska cruise. 

In this post, I shared a complete guide of the 20 best things to do in Skagway Alaska when you’re on a cruise. 

Have you been to Skagway on a cruise? Please let me know what you enjoyed most in the comments below.

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10 Awesome Things to Do in Skagway Cruise Port (+ Port Info)

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Planning your Alaska cruise and wondering about the best things to do in Skagway cruise port?

Nestled in the northernmost point of the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska, Skagway, the capital of Yukon (Canada), is one of the most popular Alaskan ports offering stunning landscapes and a wide variety of activities.

The Alaskan cruise itinerary normally includes stops at both Juneau (167 km/104 miles south of Skagway) and Skagway and then from Skagway, there is a ferry available over to Haines, another incredible city in Alaska. In this Skagway cruise travel guide, read about:

  • Skagway cruise port (Skagway cruise terminal, getting around the port)
  • 10 awesome things to do in Skagway port & popular Skagway shore excursions

Visit also our cruise port guides to Juneau , Halifax , Galveston , Boston , Vancouver

Skagway Cruise Port

The port of Skagway consists of three cruise terminals or docks: Broadway Dock (situated at the end of Broadway), Ore Dock (located at the end of Main Street), and Railroad Dock (at the southern edge of the town).

At the end of Broadway, there is also a ferry dock that can accommodate smaller ships. All the docks are located within a short walking distance from downtown Skagway.

The main Broadway dock can accommodate up to 3 large cruise ships simultaneously. In that case, if your ship docked the last, please consider a minimum of 10 minutes of walking to reach the end of the pier where the entrance to the port is located.

The pier is long and flat with nothing except for small cars offering free transportation (mainly for people with mobility issues) to the end of the pier based on a schedule with limited availability. Each car can accommodate between 2-4 passengers at a time.

Skagway cruise port - aerial view - Alaska

Getting Around Skagway Port

  • Skagway is a small town with only 1100 inhabitants. The pier and downtown area are flat, making it accessible for people with walking difficulties/wheelchair users.
  • There is no taxi service in Skagway, as everything is within walking distance.
  • If you are into sightseeing, you can take the Street Car Tour which runs from a pier a few times daily for an extra fee.
  • Public S.M.A.R.T. shuttle buses are available at the end of the pier and they run on a specific schedule. They are white and blue, and you will find their bus stops all over town at the blue and white poles. These shuttle buses run in a loop every 20-30 minutes and include stops around the town, including Gold Rush Cemetery and Jewell Gardens. Wheelchair-accessible buses are available (with a ramp).
  • Keep in mind that the weather in Skagway may change so bring suitable clothing and be prepared for showers during the day.
  • A red booth is available at the end of the pier – this is the main tour booth for all cruise ships in port on that day. All guests from the cruise ship with a tour prepaid or booked onboard normally have their meeting time by the booth or at the end of the pier/entrance in the port (however, always double-check the tour’s meeting location/time indicated on your tour ticket).
  • Next to the red booth, one small shop sells souvenirs and a great Alaskan coffee not to be missed. There are no toilets available on the pier (they are only available downtown for an extra fee), and no free wi-fi available unless you purchase an item in specific locations downtown where you will receive code access.
  • The tourist information office that provides local maps is located on downtown’s main street, within a short walking distance from the end of the pier.
  • A few minutes’ walk from the end of the pier, you will spot White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad train station , offering the most incredible sightseeing train ride in the world. In case you book this tour on board, follow the instructions on your ticket as the train normally picks you up in front of the ship (so you don’t need to walk to the train station). 
  • Major cruise lines sailing to Skagway Alaska include  Seabourn Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and   Oceania Cruises.
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10 Awesome Things to Do in Skagway Cruise Port

1. downtown skagway.

The downtown has one main street where you can find numerous souvenir shops, authentic handicrafts, jewelry stores (Tanzanite International, Effy Jewelry, Diamonds International..), liquor stores, shops selling winter outfits with brands like North Face, Colombia, and a few others.

Also, Skagway Port is one of the best ports for dining ashore, so if you love seafood this is the perfect place for you! Downtown, you’ll find a variety of bars, restaurants, and takeout places offering delicious grilled salmon, King Crab legs, and other local dishes.

Coming to highlights of Skagway downtown, the most photographed building is located on the main street: Arctic Brotherhood Hall (A.B.Hall),  a historic, unusual-looking building that housed a club formed in 1899 by a group of gold prospectors who arrived in Skagway to set off for the Klondike gold fields seeking fortune. The building is now home to the Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Arctic Brotherhood Hall in Skagway cruise port

There are also a few other museums, such as the Trail of ’98 Museum (Skagway Museum), a small museum housed in an 1898 building featuring a great collection of artifacts showcasing the history of Skagway and the everyday life of its first settlers.

Housed in a historic Golden North Hotel, Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory Museum is another museum worth your attention, as it contains one of Alaska’s best collections of ivory art. The entrance is free of charge.

Another popular downtown attraction is a very famous excursion called Ghost & Goodtime Girls , a historic walking tour of the downtown guided by professional actresses dressed up in Klondike-style clothing.

The tour normally starts at the end of the pier and finishes at Red Onion Brothel Museum , with a champagne toast and visits to the rooms of the ancient brothel. The tour guides are very informative and you get to learn about the history of the Gold Rush and how the Goodtime girls survived during the late 1890s. Get more information on the Red Onion Saloon website

2. Gold Panning at Alaska 360

Alaska 360 , known as Dredge Town, is one of the most popular attractions near Skagway downtown located approximately 15 minutes drive from the end of the port Skagway.

This incredible place surrounded by mountains allows you to immerse yourself in the Klondike Gold Rush era, and learn the history of mining from the days of the Gold Rush up to the present day. You get to learn about modern sled dog racing, see Iditarod sled dogs and learn what it’s like to be a musher!

Visitors can experience the chill of being on the Iditarod trail in 40-below temperatures in the Museum below 40 , see the Northern Lights simulation, and learn the art of gold panning after which you get a chance to pan for gold and keep everything you find (what a souvenir!).

You will tour the authentic gold dredge weighing 350 tons used for placer gold mining in the Yukon, and to top off your day, enjoy lunch and beer at the onsite restaurant and brewery. The staff are dressed up in traditional costumes which makes the whole experience unique and unforgettable!

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Gold Panning at Alaska 360 - Skagway cruise port

3. Jewell Gardens

Jewell Gardens is located 10 minutes’ drive from the Skagway cruise port, on Klondike Highway, a little bit outside the downtown area.

The gardens boast an impressive selection of vegetables, blooming wildflowers, and inspiring glass garden installations. You can tour the garden on your own or a guided tour. To top off your day you can enjoy lunch and tea in the restaurant where the food is prepared fresh using organic ingredients from the garden!

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4. Klondike Gold Rush National Park

Skagway is known as the gateway to the Klondike, a region of the Yukon in northwest Canada lying east of the Alaskan border, a symbol of 1890’s gold rush days when over 100.000 fortune seekers came to pan for gold in Klondike Gold Fields.

Tucked between the mountains and the sea, Skagway became an entry port and home to over 20.000 prospectors who made Skagway their home in the following years.

Yukon Territory (Canada) - Klondike Gold Rush National Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park covers a large area that protects the memory of these days, preserving the trails (a 33-mile long Chilkoot Trail, known as the “meanest” one, is among the most popular ones), towns (Skagway, Dawson City), and buildings of the gold rush era.

There are two ways to reach the White Pass Summit (aka Klondike Summit): by train and by motorcoach.

If you choose to go by motorcoach/car, you get to ride along Klondike Highway that runs parallel to the “White Pass and Yukon Route Rail Road” up to the 3,290-foot-high White Pass Summit in St. Elias Range.

Along the way, you will take in awe-inspiring sceneries of snow-capped mountains and glaciers, scenic vistas, and incredible sights including Dead Horse Trail, the old Brackett Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls, and Moore Bridge. You’ll make stops at stunning viewpoints allowing you to take unique pictures, while your tour guide tells you about the history of the region and the Klondike Gold Rush era.

To reach Klondike Summit it will take approximately 90 minutes driving each way. An original passport is required as you’ll be crossing into Canada. This experience is not wheelchair friendly; it is considered moderate to strenuous, and walking shoes and a wind/ water-resistant jacket are recommended.

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5. White Pass and Yukon Route Scenic Railway

The epic train ride is a must-do for those coming to Skagway for the first time! This spectacular journey combines history and nature, as you get to discover Alaska’s stunning sceneries while learning about the Klondike gold rush that took place here on the border of Canada and the United States at the end of the 19th century.

In 1898, one year after the gold was found in Yukon, the investors started the construction of the narrow-gauge railroad to build the route from Skagway to Yukon’s goldfields. Built within three years, the iron trail was an engineering marvel as the route led through the region’s dramatic, rugged mountainous terrain.

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad

Today, visitors can travel back in time by taking a train ride up to the 3,290-foot-high White Pass Summit and admire the fascinating glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, suspension bridges, rivers, lakes, and wildlife sightings.

The train ride lasts around 1 hour and 45 minutes and depending on the tour you choose, you get to see famous attractions such as the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls, the Gold Rush Cemetery, Tormented Valley, the Skagway Scenic Overlook, and Yukon Suspension Bridge.

The train ride is suitable for guests using a wheelchair, walker, or motorized scooter.  The restrooms are available onboard the train. For this excursion, the original passport is required as the tour crosses into Canada and back into the U.S.

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6. Musher’s Camp and Dog Sledding Adventure

Dog Sledding is one of the most unique experiences that you can get in Alaska! You can choose between a land excursion that normally goes to one of the musher’s camps in either Yukon or the historic town of Dyea, or you can choose a dog sledding experience by flight to Denver/Norris Glacier.

If you opt for a land dog sledding experience, you will join a ride through the beautiful Alaskan goldfields, countryside, and forests before heading to Musher’s Camp where a professional Musher teaches you about the history of this famous Alaskan sport and dogsledding techniques.

At the end of the experience, you get to cuddle adorable huskies willing to pose for a photo with you!

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Musher's Camp in Skagway, Alaska

7. Dog Sledding and Denver Glacier Flightseeing

If your budget allows you, get ready for the spectacular helicopter ride across endless snow-blanketed fields, ice-capped mountain peaks, dense Alaskan forests, and breathtaking glaciers!

After a 20-minute flight, you will visit Dog Sled Camp, standing atop Denver Glacier, where you’ll be welcomed by professional Iditarod Dog Racing mushers and the beautiful huskies waiting to take you on a thrilling ride across the snowfields surrounded by mountains and glaciers of stunning beauty.

The base for the flight is located approximately 5 to 7 minutes walk from the end of the pier. The flight can accommodate a maximum of 4 passengers at a time depending on their weight, one person may stay in the middle back seat.

Wear closed-toe shoes, a warm rain jacket and bring binoculars . No bags are allowed on a ride (there are lockers available). Make sure you have your camera on you, as you will want to capture this unique moment.

Denver Glacier Dog Sledding - Skagway cruise port

8. Grizzly Falls Zipline

Located around a 35-minute drive from Skagway cruise port each way, in the town of Dyea, this fantastic adventure park offers thrilling rides, unforgettable fun, and spectacular views!

Upon arriving at a base camp, you’ll board a shuttle truck that will take you on a bumpy ride to the zipline starting point. After you receive a briefing and safety gear, you’ll start your race through gigantic spruce and cedars of the Alaskan rainforest, while admiring the awe-inspiring views of the Tongass National Forest, glacially-fed waterfalls, mountain peaks, and surrounding wilderness.

Skagway Grizzly Falls Zipline - Suspension bridge

Walk on raised balance beams, enjoy eleven ziplines across waterfalls, and cross four suspension bridges on this adrenaline-packed outdoor activity.

Tips : Make sure you check the availability and specific requirements before booking, as weight restrictions apply. Lockers are available for an extra fee (cash only). The helmet and all the equipment will be provided, however, make sure you dress comfortably and bring bug repellent .

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9. Kroschel Wildlife Refuge

This fascinating wildlife refuge is located approximately a 1-hour drive from Heines, known for its breathtaking natural sceneries, wildlife, and a wide variety of outdoor activities.

To get to the Kroschel Wildlife Refuge, you need to catch an early morning ferry from Skagway to Haines and ride approximately 45 minutes each way. Once in Haines, tourists will board an organized bus for their tour and ride approximately 1 hour each way to Kroschel Park.

Kroschel Wildlife Refuge in Heines, Skagway (Alaska)

The refuge offers unique and incredible opportunities for up-close and personal experiences with over 15 species of Alaskan wildlife, including moose, grizzly bear, wolf, lynx, fox, reindeer, porcupine, snowy owl, wolverine, and more!

The tours of the refuge are guided and the visit usually lasts up to two hours. You get the chance to touch animals, kiss a moose, or watch a Kodiak bear play in her pool. The location has facilities and a souvenir shop.

If you are visiting the refuge independently, make sure you make the reservation in advance, but if you are coming on a tour, everything (including transfer) is normally organized for you. Read more about the refuge on the Kroschel Wildlife Refuge website .

10. Ocean Raft & Wildlife Sightings

Get ready for a beautiful, scenic boat ride through the 90-mile-long Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America and one of the longest fjords in the world. On this spectacular journey, you’ll be able to see waterfalls, secluded coves, rocky beaches, eagles, harbor seals, maybe even whales, and other Alaskan wildlife! 

Of course, you need to consider your medical background for this activity, and no pregnant women are allowed to participate as it is a speed boat and it could be partially bumpy.

This activity is running in small groups and has very limited availability, so make sure you book a tour in advance.  Keep in mind that the weather changes a lot, so make sure you bring warm clothes or a rain jacket .

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Can you tell me what year (and month too if known) the second photo looking at the railroad dock is from?

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Hi Kaitlyn! It’s my friend’s photo as she used to work a few seasons in Skagway. I am not sure about the year, but it was definitely before the pandemic started.

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Skagway Excursions

Your port-of-call in Skagway will be the highlight of your Alaska vacation. When you arrive, what Skagway excursion are you going to take? Do you want to ride the famous White Pass train? Would you like to walk on an ancient glacier after an incredible Skagway helicopter excursion? Would you like to feel the wind through your hair as you drive a team of Alaskan huskies down the trail?

At M&M Tours, we offer all of the best Skagway excursions. You can book ahead of time or wait until the day of your departure (more on this below). Text or call and we will do our best to make sure you get the Skagway tour you’re looking for. Why else should you choose M&M Tours?

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  • Call (907) 983-3900 , or text (907) 612-0889 , to reserve a tour, or simply click "book" on our site.

Getting around Skagway Alaska

Before traveling to Skagway, you should take some time to get your bearings. If you’re taking a Skagway excursion while in port, you will first want to know where your cruise ship is berthing. There are three cruise ship docks in Skagway, so depending on where your cruise ship berths, you will have a different route to Downtown Skagway. If you’re unsure where your cruise ship is docking, you can download a Skagway cruise schedule at Cruise Line Agencies website.

  • Skagway Broadway Dock - This dock is centrally located. When you disembark your cruise ship, it’s a short walk to the downtown area, as you are already on Broadway Street. The M&M Tours sales booth is conveniently located across the street from the public restrooms, just before entering the downtown business district. The Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park is located one block away, and it’s a great place to start your day after booking your Skagway excursion.
  • Skagway Ore Dock - This dock is currently undergoing a significant upgrade that will render it capable of berthing the largest cruise ships on the planet. The M&M Tour sales booth is located immediately to the right after you exit the dock. If you pre-booked a Skagway excursion with us, it usually picks up in the same area. Walking to Downtown Skagway only takes about ten to 15 minutes, or you can catch the local SMART bus and enjoy the short ride to town.
  • Skagway Railroad Dock - As the name suggests, this dock is privately owned by the railroad company and can currently berth two cruise vessels. The M&M Tours sales booth is located about 200 feet beyond port security. Many Skagway tours pick up in this area. From the security checkpoint, it’s about one-third of a mile to Skagway. The walk takes about 15 minutes, or you can take the shuttle to town.

Once you’ve scheduled your Skagway excursion, we recommend heading to the Skagway Visitor Center, located at the Arctic Brotherhood Hall. The building is located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Broadway in the heart of downtown Skagway. The facade is covered in driftwood and is the most photographed building in Alaska.

"Where can I find information about Skagway before I visit?" Simply click the link and check out the Skagway Tourism Department’s website.

If you’re planning a Skagway excursion, you should plan for any variety of weather. This is especially true if your tour is outdoors. You can find valuable weather information about Skagway on the internet but it makes sense to plan for anything. Wear clothing layers that can be removed or bring along layers that may be added.

Always bring prescription medication with you. If you run out or need medical attention, you can get care at the Dahl Memorial Clinic . It’s more than a mile away from the cruise docks so you probably want to get a taxi or take the city bus.

Lastly, bring along the things you need to get the most out of your Skagway tour or excursion. Make a checklist that includes your smartphone, charger, binoculars, snacks, raincoat, or anything else you desire. If you have questions about what to bring, feel free to give us a call or send a text.

Why book your Skagway excursion with M&M Tours?

If you're planning your cruise to Alaska, then now is the time to sort through our selection of Skagway tours and find the perfect excursion for you and your family. M&M Tours is the only tour brokerage contracted by the Municipality of Skagway, making us the most trusted source for local Skagway tours.

By booking independently from the cruise ship, you stand to save a substantial amount of money. So, why is it that so many people choose to book their tours in Skagway through the cruise lines?

As year-round Skagway residents with over a decade in the local tour sales business, we've met a number of people that see our prices while in port and realize that they paid hundreds of dollars more than necessary. Invariably, these cruise passengers voice the reasons that they booked their Skagway tours on the ship, and what follows is a brief overview.

"I should have booked my Skagway tours with you guys!" - Something we hear every day "They told me that if I book my tours in Skagway independently that I could miss my ship's departure." This is the most common reason we hear why people book their Skagway excursion on the ship, and it's undoubtedly a legitimate concern. At M&M Tours, you will never miss your ship, because every purchase comes with a GUARANTEE that we will pay to fly you to your next port if your tour results in missing your ship.

So, in our 22 years as the leading tour broker in Skagway, how many times have we paid to fly someone to their next port? NOT ONCE!

The threat of missing your cruise ship is fabricated so that you spend your money on the ship. When you think about it, how long would any Skagway tour vendors stay in business if their customers were regularly missing their ship departure? The answer is obvious.

"Should I book my Skagway excursion ahead of time?"

This is a tricky question to answer because it makes sense to book some tours ahead of time but others may be better suited to book after you arrive in port. Let’s look at this question in detail.

If the Skagway excursion you most want to do is in high demand, then it makes sense to book ahead of time. Skagway helicopter excursions are a good example. These tours often sell out well ahead of time because Skagway usually has four ships in port. If you want to take a Skagway helicopter excursion to the glacier or to the dog sledding camp, we urge you to book the tour right now.

The White Pass train excursion is also a high-demand tour but there is almost always plenty of seats available throughout the day. For this reason, we suggest waiting until you arrive in Skagway to decide whether to take the tour.

Why? Because weather can significantly impact your enjoyment of the tour. Sometimes fog or low-level clouds make visibility on the Skagway train excursion poor. If you wait to book your excursion, you can talk to the tour sales agent about the visibility and make other arrangements if necessary.

Whether you book your Skagway tour ahead of time or on the day of the tour, you are going to save a substantial amount of money. At M&M Tours, we are dedicated to offering our guests the best prices combined with top-quality customer care.

"What happens if my tour is canceled?"

Excursions in Skagway may be canceled for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is bad weather. Inclement weather affects every tour operator, regardless of whether you book on the ship or with a local Skagway vendor.

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When you book your Skagway excursion ahead of time, we hold your reservation with a credit card, but we don’t charge you for the tour until the day you arrive in port. This means we don’t have to go through a cumbersome refund process. If your tour is canceled after you pay, we give you a full refund. This sometimes happens on Skagway helicopter excursions when weather causes them to be canceled at the last minute, or due to unforeseen circumstances.

"What happens after I book my Skagway excursion?"

When you book your tours with one of our agents in Skagway, they will confirm your departure time and send you all pertinent information by email. You are free to reach out at any time with questions or changes to your itinerary.

Best of all, if your tour is canceled or your situation changes, you can choose one of our other tours from our long list of Skagway options.

"I want to wait until the day of my arrival to book a tour in Skagway."

Not everyone likes to plan every detail of their vacation ahead of time. You may be the type of person that waits to book tours until the day of your arrival because you want to see how you feel, make sure the weather cooperates, monitor the mood of your children, or just because you like a little spontaneity in life.

If you want to wait until you dock in Skagway to book your tours - no problem. Browse through our list of Skagway excursions today, and as you look through the website write down the tours you like most. When you are in Alaska, simply call or text us via this website from your smartphone and book your tour.

If you call early in the morning on the same day as your arrival, it is likely we will still have what you're looking for. If not, we will help you find something else. Just because you wait until the last minute, doesn't mean you are forced to book Skagway excursions on your ship. Even if you have a large group, we can usually accommodate your needs if you get a hold of us between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m.

Have any Questions? Contact us in Skagway and Find Our More About Our Tours

Are you excited about your upcoming trip to Skagway and other ports in Alaska? We are eager to show you why we love this place we call home, so take a few moments to familiarize yourself with all of our exciting Skagway tours. You can find us proudly featured on the Skagway Municipal Tourism website .

If you would like to find tours in other ports, we also offer a handful of quality tours in Ketchikan and Juneau, a few of which are listed on this site. If you would like to learn more about excursions in Ketchikan and tours in Juneau , simply follow the links. By booking tours in every port with M&M Tours, you can save additional money via our "package tour options."

Best of all, when you buy with Skagway locals, your money stays in our small Alaskan community, which is important for a town of barely 1000 residents that hosts up to 15,000 visitors daily.

We can't wait to see you in Skagway, so if you need any help with our tours simply call (907) 983-3900 or text (907) 612-0889, and we will take good care of you and your group.

A Brief History of Skagway Alaska

Skagway's history is inexorably linked to the original Tlingit population, who referred to the area as Shgagei, which is an idiom that means "lady in the rock", likely named after the prominent mountain ridge to the west that resembles a woman’s face.

The Lynn Canal is the second-longest fjord in North America, and the deepest in the world at over 2,000 feet in depth. It was first explored by Joseph Whidbey in 1794. George Vancouver named the famed inlet after his birthplace, King's Lynn.

Shgagei is also the nickname of Kanagu, who is a mythical woman who transformed herself into stone along Skagway's shore. According to legend, it is Kanagu who causes the strong winds that blow toward Haines, Alaska to the south, where Tlingit people lived for millennia. Parson's Peak, which is colloquially called "Face Mountain" in Skagway, is likely the Kanagu stone formation of legend. Face Mountain is a prominent Skagway landmark and a highlight of many tours that originate in Skagway.

While the area around Skagway was used by native populations from prehistoric times, Skagway's present location was uninhabited. A former steamboat captain by the name of William Moore made the first recorded survey expedition over what would be named the White Pass. This is the pass that makes Skagway the Gateway to the Klondike and is where the White Pass & Yukon Route Skagway train excursion is centered.

William Moore and his son Ben created a homestead at the terminus of the Skagway River because he recognized it as the most direct route to the goldfields of the Yukon. They named their home Mooresville and built a log cabin, wharf, and sawmill that would prove instrumental to Skagway's development in the coming years.

Moore's instincts were validated when gold was discovered in the Klondike. The ensuing Klondike Gold Rush ushered in a new age for Skagway, and it was incorporated as Alaska's first incorporated city in 1898.

The reason Mooresville didn't become the official name was that Moore's fortunes took a sour turn in 1897. His property was overrun and stolen by prospectors who then sold it. In just a few months, Skagway's population swelled to more than 30,000. Jack London called Skagway "little better than hell on Earth," because the town was lawless and mean. Rival gangs battled amidst a backdrop of gambling and prostitution, while intrepid gold seekers prepared for the 500-mile arduous journey to the Klondike.

Many Skagway excursions focus on this storied history and retell the tale of the famous shootout between Soapy Smith and Frank Reid on the Juneau Wharf, which is called the Railroad Dock in Skagway today.

Modern Skagway - A Great Place to Live

Today, Skagway is a First Class Alaskan Borough with a population of just over 1,000 hardy and friendly souls. The economy is mainly tourism, although Skagway's port provides shipping to and from the Yukon.

The Skagway borough is quite large, with an area of 464 square miles. You would have to take multiple Skagway excursions to see it all. Skagway is also within the Alaskan time zone, which is one hour ahead of the West Coast of the United States. Over a million tourists visit Skagway every season, many of which enjoy tours during their stay. Some of the more popular Skagway excursions we offer include:

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  • Dog mushing tours
  • Local tours
  • Skagway helicopter excursions

Skagway is especially loved by the people who call it home. The local K-12 school boasts the highest test scores in the state of Alaska, and families benefit from the small-town atmosphere and many town functions. If you're visiting Skagway on a cruise ship, you will find the locals to be friendly and helpful.

At M&M Tours, we are proud to be locally owned and operated by year-round Skagway residents. All of our employees are year-round residents, and many grew up and went to school in Skagway. When you purchase your tour with us not only are you saving money, but you're also supporting our local economy.

If you buy a tour from us, every penny is staying in Alaska.

Things to Do in Skagway

If you're not the touring type, there is still plenty to do in Skagway. You could also incorporate anything on this list into your day before or after you enjoy a local tour.

Lower Dewey Lake is a short hike from downtown Skagway to a pristine glacial lake stocked with brook trout. This is a popular local getaway. The hike to Dewey Lake in Skagway only takes 20 minutes, and you can follow this trail to other popular hiking destinations like Upper Dewey Lake, Sturgill's Landing, and Upper Reid Falls.

Yakutania Point is another popular local hangout, and part of a larger hike to Smuggler's Cove. From the Skagway Airport, which is near the point of origin for helicopter and flightseeing tours, a bridge over the Skagway River leads to this picturesque spot where whales are often spotted. You can’t see this spot on a Skagway excursion because it’s a public space.

The Gold Rush Cemetery is located along the tracks of the famous White Pass & Yukon Route, so if you're on the Skagway train tour, you will get a brief glimpse of this historical landmark. Not only is this cemetery the last resting place of Soapy Smith and Frank Reid, but it is also the point of access for Lower Reid Falls, which is a stunning 100- foot-high waterfall.

The Klondike Gold Rush National Park spans parts of downtown Skagway, Dyea, the Yukon, and even Seattle, Washington. In Skagway, you can visit park headquarters on 2nd and Broadway, and then head across the street to check out Soapy Smith's Parlour, which was restored in 2015. Another highlight is The Arctic Brotherhood Hall, which is the driftwood-covered building on Broadway and the most photographed structure in all of Alaska.

Pullen Park is located near the waterfront and is a great place to relax after enjoying a Skagway tour. You can cook out some food in the covered picnic area while watching locals catch pink salmon in the pond. If you ask nicely, you may even be able to talk them into sharing some of that tasty salmon with you and your tour group.

If You're On a Cruise, We Can't-Wait to Help You Find the Perfect Skagway Tour

AT M&M Tours, we specialize in catering to the needs of our many cruise ship visitors. With convenient locations at every cruise dock, we make it easy to shop locally. We want you to have a good time, so we will help you find a tour in Skagway that suits your interests. Our goal is not to sell you the most expensive tour available, but to find you a tour that you will thoroughly enjoy.

Ask yourself this question: "Why did I choose to come to Alaska for my vacation?

Are you interested in experiencing the life of the Klondike gold seeker? Were you hoping to see an eagle swoop down to the water and scoop up a fish? Did you want to enjoy the tender licks from a husky puppy that may one day grow into an Iditarod champion?

Whatever your fancy, we will diligently work to find the perfect Skagway tour for you and your family.

Drop us a line today and let us help you make your Alaskan dreams come true. We offer group discounts and can combine your Skagway tour with other popular shore excursions in Juneau and Ketchikan for additional savings.

We are eager to share the love of our Alaskan home with you. Book your tour of Skagway with real locals by contacting us today.

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Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion & Train Tour

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Take an unforgettable journey aboard skagway's scenic railway.

The Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion is our most popular Skagway excursion! Begin your excursion as you board the train in Skagway and travel 20 miles from tidewater to the Summit of the White Pass - a 2,865-foot elevation! Every passenger enjoys vast canyon views and complimentary bottled water throughout the fully narrated tour. On this Skagway train tour, relax in vintage passenger coaches as you retrace the original route to the White Pass summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point, and Dead Horse Gulch. Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles, and historic sites along the White Pass Railroad. See the original Klondike Trail of 1898 worn into the rocks, a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls who passed this way in search of fortune. Passports are NOT required for this tour. Passenger coaches are heated and are equipped with restrooms. Please specify if you are traveling with a wheelchair. There is a short walk to the meeting location - a shuttle is available to take for an additional price paid to the shuttle driver day of.

Train Sold Out? Explore scenic Skagway another way!

Due to high demand, you may notice certain dates are unavailable to book for the 2024 season. Discover additional excursions to explore the White Pass, Klondike Highway, Yukon Territory, and more: Skagway Sightseeing and Yukon Tours

Train tours in October 2024:

Please note that from October 6th-23rd 2024, a slightly shorter tour, Journey to Inspiration Point will be operating. This shortens the Summit tour by a little more than a mile to allow for ongoing bridge maintenance before the snow arrives. A reduced fare will be reflected in your shopping cart due to the change in tour length.

Things You Need to Know


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  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 2.75 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Skagway.)

  • 2.75 hours - roundtrip scenic train trip to White Pass Summit

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Skagway Train Depot. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is wheelchair/mobility scooter accessible. Guests that require accessibility accommodations, must go to the train depot 30 minutes before departure for additional time in loading. However, space is limited in lift-equipped cars. An optional shuttle, the Skagway Municipal and Regional Transit (SMART Bus) is available to take guests to/from the docks to the Train Depot for an additional fee on the day of the tour. Please leave a comment during checkout if accessibility accommodations will be required. If the operator is unaware beforehand of necessary accommodations, they may not be able to accommodate guests the day of.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Tours can be canceled for any reason up until seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund unless otherwise noted on the individual tour product page in the Things to Know section. To cancel a tour, please use the cancelation request link within your e-ticket that was emailed to you OR send an email to  [email protected] with the following information:

- Order number

- Tour you are canceling

- Number of passengers you wish to cancel

Within 0-7 days before the tour date, cancelations are eligible for a full refund only in the following scenarios:

- The tour is canceled by the tour operator for any reason (for example: bad weather or mechanical issue)

- You experience a medical emergency during this window and can provide documentation (documentation must be submitted within 30 days to receive a refund)

- Your ship changes port itineraries causing you to miss an excursion

All refunds are processed through Alaska Shore Excursions, and will not be processed through any cruise line or local tour provider. Refunds will appear under Alaska Shore Excursions on your bank/credit card statement. Credit card refunds are processed within 10 business days of the request. Exceptions to the refund policy include multi-day packages and some day tours. Please refer to the specific refund policy listed on the individual tour product page.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, a valid passport is not required for this tour.

There is a short walk to the meetup location. Guests have the option to purchase tickets for the Skagway Municipal and Regional Transit (SMART Bus)

No, although you will be entering Canada on this tour you will not be permitted to exit the train until it returns to Skagway.

Yes, each train car is equipped with a restroom.

Yes, this tour is a scenic train trip up and down the mountain pass.

Each rail car holds approximately 43 passengers. We do not assign seats, passengers will be instructed by the Station Master which train car they are welcome to board. Once in the assigned car, passengers are free to choose any seat available. Passengers will not be given their car assignment until the day of travel when they meet with the Station Master.

Guests must be able to climb steps into the train and bus. This tour has limited wheelchair accessible seating available upon request.

Layered clothing is recommended, it is possible for slight temperature drops due to elevation however the train cars are heated.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Bottled water is included.

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On oct 2023.

The excursion was amazing. The trains are pristine and perfectly restored. The scenery was beautiful. The cars were warm and comfortable on a cold, drizzly day. I highly recommend.

This was an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING experience. If you re debating on rather or not you should do this excursionâ go for it.

This train ride was amazing, it was definitely one of our highlights of our trip to Alaska. I would definitely recommend this excursion.

such a beautiful scenic tour. the guide was very informative would definitely do again

On Sep 2023

I enjoyed the Skagway White Pass Railroad Summit Excursion. It had beautiful mountain and stream views and we were giving a great deal of information as we traveled up the Summit. I would highly recommend this tour.

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No local company in the sublime business of sightseeing tours of Skagway, British Columbia and the Yukon–worth their salt–springs from just one individual. Consequently, it takes a terrific team united behind something big. Together, at Skagway Tours, we work hard, we laugh a lot, we brainstorm nonstop, and we give the best high-fives in town. This, supported by the guests’ testimonials, their videos and plethora of pictures below, is why we’re proud of what we offer, being in the top third for Outdoor Activities in Skagway on Trip Advisor and foremost, what we do. Give our guests a tour they’ll never forget!

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Look no further for your shore excursion in Skagway, Alaska. Let Skagway tours take you on a one-of-a-kind journey through Gold Rush territory and return you back in Skagway with plenty of time to wander the streets, shop for souvenirs, and have a meal before your ship departs.

Cruise ships have an all-aboard call 30 minutes prior to the ship’s departure from Skagway.   We not only can assure you that you will make your ship’s departure, we also guarantee passage to your next port of call if we are responsible for making you miss your ship.

“In all of our years of business, we have never missed a ship!”

Traveling with a group.

As an established company in the business of showing off our state, we offer special discounts for groups and escorted tours that want to experience the Klondike without feeling rushed.  Skagway Tours offers groups a fleet of newer, well maintained 40 passenger touring buses with professional & fun guide-drivers.   Group rates start at 6 passengers, so whether you are a travel agent, a family taking that dream Alaska vacation, or a group who’ve become acquainted as fast friends aboard a cruise ship, drop us a note or you can book special group rates for each tour above.

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Cruise Port Skagway Alaska: Best Things to Do & Schedule

Posted on Last updated: September 10, 2023

Are you ready for an adventure like no other on Alaska cruises ? Look no further than Skagway, Alaska – a hidden gem nestled in the heart of southeast Alaska. 

Skagway is more than just a stop on your itinerary; it’s a gateway to the legendary Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park . 

As it winds through rugged mountains and stunning landscapes, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. With that being said, grab your free cruise planner , and let’s explore the beautiful cruise port Skagway Alaska!

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Port of Skagway Schedule and Itineraries

The Port of Skagway, known for its dock and railroad, is a bustling hub for cruise ships during the summer season. It attracts numerous visitors with its stunning natural beauty and rich history, jam-packed with enriching excursions on Alaska cruises .

If you’re planning a cruise to Alaska, chances are Skagway, with its carnival and park service, will be on your itinerary. Let’s take a closer look at the schedule and itineraries offered by major cruise lines.

Welcoming Cruise Ships and Itineraries

Skagway is a popular destination for several major cruise lines, including Carnival, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

These renowned companies have recognized the allure of this Alaskan gem and incorporated it into their routes. With such reputable names offering trips to Skagway, you can rest assured that your ship will dock at this national park and your journey will be well-planned and enjoyable.

Convenient Docking Locations

When you arrive in Skagway, most cruises dock at either Broadway Dock or Ore Dock near downtown Skagway. This strategic positioning allows passengers easy access to all the attractions this charming town has to offer, including the pier and carnival.

As soon as you step off the ship, you’ll find yourself immersed in the scenic beauty of Alaska’s national park. Photo credit: [insert photo credit here].

Ample Time for Exploration

Ships typically spend around 6 to 8 hours at the Skagway pier, giving passengers plenty of time to explore both the town itself and its surrounding wonders.

Whether you prefer strolling through historic streets lined with colorful buildings or embarking on exciting shore excursions at the carnival, there’s something for everyone in Skagway. Photo credit: [insert photographer’s name].

Skagway, a port of call for many cruise lines like Carnival, offers an array of activities suitable for all interests. History buffs can delve into the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park or hop aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway for a journey back in time.

Nature enthusiasts can embark on breathtaking hikes along trails like Chilkoot Trail or soak up the awe-inspiring views from nearby glaciers. (Photo credit: Carnival)

Combining Skagway with Other Alaskan Ports

One of the advantages of visiting Skagway is that it often forms part of a broader itinerary that includes other popular Alaskan ports like Juneau and Ketchikan.

This allows you to experience the diversity and beauty of Alaska in one trip, providing a comprehensive exploration of this remarkable state. Additionally, you can capture stunning ship photos at the pier’s end.

In Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, you can witness majestic glaciers up close or take a helicopter ride to soar over ice fields. At the end of the pier, capture a stunning photo of the breathtaking scenery. Ketchikan, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” offers opportunities for fishing enthusiasts and those seeking cultural experiences with its rich Native American heritage.

By combining Skagway with these other destinations, you can make the end of your cruise an unforgettable adventure filled with breathtaking sights and unique experiences.

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Top Attractions in Skagway Cruise Port

Experience the rich history at the red onion saloon.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush at The Red Onion Saloon, an iconic establishment that was once a notorious brothel but has now been transformed into a captivating museum and bar.

As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by the vintage decor that transports you to the bustling days of the gold rush era. Experience the end of an era firsthand.

Explore the various rooms of The Red Onion Saloon to learn about Skagway’s colorful past. Each room is filled with artifacts and memorabilia that offer a glimpse into the lives of courageous women who worked there. Informative displays share their stories.

The knowledgeable staff will regale you with tales of fortune seekers, lawmen, and gamblers who frequented this historic venue until the end.

After immersing yourself in history, head to the bar area at the end where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while surrounded by an authentic atmosphere.

Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or sample local beers as you soak up the ambiance of this unique establishment. Whether you’re interested in history or simply looking for an unforgettable experience, The Red Onion Saloon is not to be missed during your visit to Skagway.

Discover Beauty and Sustainability at Jewell Gardens

Escape into a world of natural beauty at Jewell Gardens, where vibrant flower gardens await your exploration. Located just minutes away from Skagway’s cruise port, this enchanting attraction offers a serene retreat amidst breathtaking landscapes. Stroll through meticulously manicured gardens adorned with an array of colorful blooms, creating a picturesque backdrop for memorable photos.

But Jewell Gardens is more than just a feast for the eyes; it also serves as an educational hub promoting sustainable farming practices. Take part in guided tours that provide insights into organic gardening techniques and environmentally friendly approaches to horticulture. Learn about composting methods used to enrich the soil and discover how the gardens contribute to the local community’s food production.

For a hands-on experience, join one of the workshops offered at Jewell Gardens. Try your hand at creating floral arrangements or learn about vegetable gardening from expert instructors. You can even savor farm-to-table cuisine at their on-site restaurant, where fresh ingredients harvested from the gardens are transformed into delicious dishes.

Step Back in Time at Trail of ’98 Museum

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Skagway’s gold rush era by visiting the Trail of ’98 Museum. This unique museum showcases a vast collection of artifacts that offer a glimpse into the lives of prospectors who braved treacherous conditions in search of fortune. As you wander through its exhibits, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and hardships faced by those who embarked on this arduous journey.

Discover firsthand accounts and personal stories that bring this significant period to life. Marvel at authentic photographs, maps, and tools used during the gold rush as you delve into tales of perseverance, determination, and adventure. The museum also features interactive displays that allow visitors to experience what life was like for prospectors during this tumultuous time.

The Trail of ’98 Museum is not only an educational experience but also an opportunity to appreciate Skagway’s rich heritage. Gain insights into how this small town played a crucial role in shaping Alaska’s history while exploring its fascinating exhibits.

Witness Nature’s Splendor at Lower Reid Falls

Embark on a short hike from downtown Skagway to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Lower Reid Falls. Nestled amidst lush greenery, these cascading waterfalls provide a breathtaking spectacle that will leave you mesmerized. As you make your way along the trail, listen to nature’s symphony as birds chirp and leaves rustle underfoot.

Upon reaching Lower Reid Falls, prepare to be captivated by its sheer power and the mesmerizing sound of rushing water. Stand in awe as the falls cascade down, creating a misty atmosphere that adds to the enchantment of the surroundings. Take a moment to immerse yourself in nature’s tranquility and capture stunning photographs of this natural wonder.

For those seeking a more immersive experience, venture closer to the falls on a guided kayak tour or enjoy a peaceful picnic amidst the serene beauty. Lower Reid Falls is not only a picturesque spot but also an opportunity to connect with nature and rejuvenate your senses during your visit to Skagway.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Step back in time as you explore the preserved buildings and artifacts from the klondike gold rush era..

Imagine stepping into a time machine that transports you back to the late 19th century, amidst the frenzy of the Klondike Gold Rush. At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, this captivating experience becomes a reality. As you wander through the park, you’ll encounter meticulously preserved buildings and artifacts that offer a glimpse into the lives of those who sought their fortune in Alaska’s goldfields.

The park serves as a living museum, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in history. Stroll along Broadway Street on a self-guided walking tour and marvel at beautifully restored structures that once housed bustling saloons, shops, and hotels. Each building tells its own story, whispering tales of excitement, hardship, and determination. You can almost hear echoes of prospectors eagerly discussing their dreams of striking it rich.

Join a ranger-led tour to learn about the hardships faced by prospectors who journeyed to Alaska in search of gold.

To truly understand the challenges faced by gold seekers during the Klondike Gold Rush, join one of the ranger-led tours available at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. These knowledgeable guides will take you on an immersive journey through time, recounting stories of perseverance and struggle.

As you walk alongside these rangers, they will regale you with tales of treacherous journeys along the infamous Chilkoot Trail or White Pass Trail. They’ll explain how prospectors endured harsh weather conditions and grueling physical exertion while carrying their supplies over rugged terrain. Through their vivid storytelling, you’ll gain insight into just how much determination was required to pursue elusive golden dreams.

Visit the visitor center for interactive exhibits that provide insights into the lives of those who participated in this historic event.

The visitor center at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a treasure trove of information, offering interactive exhibits that bring the stories of the gold rush era to life. Step inside and find yourself surrounded by displays that transport you back in time.

Engage with hands-on exhibits that allow you to experience the thrill of panning for gold or try your hand at packing a backpack like a seasoned prospector. Discover the personal stories of individuals who embarked on this adventure, their hopes, dreams, and struggles vividly depicted through photographs, artifacts, and multimedia presentations.

Take a self-guided walking tour along Broadway Street to see restored buildings that once housed saloons, shops, and hotels.

Broadway Street in Skagway is not just an ordinary street; it’s an open-air museum showcasing the architectural remnants of the Klondike Gold Rush. Embark on a self-guided walking tour along this historic thoroughfare and be transported back in time.

As you stroll past restored buildings that were once vibrant saloons, bustling shops, and grand hotels, it’s easy to imagine the lively atmosphere that permeated these streets during the gold rush era. Listen closely as each building whispers tales of wild nights filled with laughter, camaraderie, and perhaps even secret business dealings.

The park offers scenic hiking trails, including the Chilkoot Trail where you can follow in the footsteps of gold seekers.

For those seeking a more immersive experience within Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park’s natural surroundings, lace up your hiking boots and embark on one of its scenic trails. One such trail is the legendary Chilkoot Trail – an iconic route taken by thousands of gold seekers in search of fortune.

Following in their footsteps along this historic path allows you to connect with their spirit of adventure while marveling at awe-inspiring landscapes. Traverse rugged terrain through dense forests and across mountain passes as you retrace their arduous journey. Along the way, keep an eye out for remnants of the past, such as abandoned campsites and discarded equipment. The Chilkoot Trail offers an opportunity to experience the physical challenges faced by those who pursued their dreams in the Klondike goldfields.

Scenic White Pass Railway

Scenic White Pass Railway Tours

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable experience in Skagway, Alaska, then hop on board one of the scenic White Pass Railway tours. This iconic train journey takes you through some of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in all of Alaska. Get ready to be captivated by stunning panoramic views, traverse steep cliffs and deep gorges, and immerse yourself in the rich history of this historic railroad.

Embark on a Breathtaking Train Journey

Embarking on a White Pass Railway tour is like stepping into a postcard. As you settle into your vintage railcar, get ready to be awestruck by the beauty that surrounds you. The train winds its way through the rugged terrain of Alaska’s mountains, offering uninterrupted views of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and cascading waterfalls.

The highlight of the journey is reaching the famous White Pass Summit. At an elevation of 2,865 feet (873 meters), this vantage point provides an unparalleled view of the surrounding landscape. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world as you take in the vastness of nature around you.

Learn About Klondike Gold Rush History

One of the fascinating aspects of the White Pass Railway is its connection to the Klondike Gold Rush. During your journey, knowledgeable guides will regale you with captivating stories about how this railway played a crucial role during that historic era.

You’ll learn about the challenges faced by prospectors as they made their way to the goldfields and gain insight into how this engineering marvel was constructed against all odds. It’s not just a train ride; it’s an opportunity to step back in time and relive an important chapter in Alaskan history.

Capture Incredible Photos at Scenic Spots

As you travel along the route, there are several picturesque spots where you can capture incredible photos to cherish forever. Keep your camera ready as you pass by Bridal Veil Falls, where the water cascades down the cliffside like a delicate veil. The sight is simply breathtaking and offers a perfect opportunity to snap some awe-inspiring shots.

Another notable spot along the route is Dead Horse Gulch. This hauntingly beautiful location tells a dark tale from the past. It got its name during the Klondike Gold Rush when exhausted horses were abandoned here and left to perish. Today, it serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by those who sought their fortunes in this rugged wilderness.

A Must-Do Experience in Skagway

A visit to Skagway would be incomplete without experiencing the White Pass Railway tour. This iconic adventure attracts visitors from all over the world who come to witness its natural beauty and immerse themselves in its history.

Whether you choose a standard train ride or opt for a private tour, this scenic journey promises an unforgettable experience for passengers of all ages. The White Pass Railway is not just a mode of transportation; it’s an opportunity to connect with nature, learn about Alaska’s past, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

So, if you find yourself in Skagway, don’t miss out on this incredible railway adventure. Hop aboard and let the White Pass Railway transport you through time and into the heart of Alaska’s majestic landscapes.

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Outdoor Adventures: Hiking, Ziplining, and Wildlife Sightings

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable outdoor adventure in Skagway, Alaska? Get ready to immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness and experience the thrill of hiking, ziplining, and wildlife sightings. From breathtaking vistas of mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls to heart-pounding zipline courses that offer bird’s-eye views of the surrounding landscape, Skagway has it all for outdoor enthusiasts.

Explore Skagway’s Pristine Wilderness

Prepare to be amazed by the sheer beauty that awaits you. Lace up your boots and hit the trails as you venture into the untouched landscapes that define this region. As you ascend higher into the mountains, be prepared for jaw-dropping panoramic views that will leave you speechless. Imagine standing atop a ridge with snow-capped peaks stretching out before you and a crystal-clear waterfall cascading down nearby. These hikes are not just about reaching a destination; they are about immersing yourself in nature’s wonder.

One popular hike is the Dewey Lake Trail or its upper counterpart, Upper Dewey Lake Trail. These hidden gems offer serene settings where you can truly connect with nature. Picture yourself walking through lush forests filled with towering trees while breathing in the fresh mountain air. The trails wind their way around picturesque lakes where you can take a moment to relax or even try your hand at fishing if you’re feeling adventurous.

Soar Through Treetops on Zipline Courses

For those seeking an adrenaline rush like no other, ziplining in Skagway is an absolute must-do activity. Strap on your harness and get ready to soar through the treetops as you zip from platform to platform high above the ground. As you glide through the air at exhilarating speeds, take a moment to appreciate the incredible bird’s-eye views of the surrounding landscape. You’ll feel like you’re flying as you witness the beauty of Skagway’s mountains, forests, and rivers from a whole new perspective.

Whether you’re a seasoned zipliner or a first-timer, there are courses available for all skill levels. Professional guides will ensure your safety while providing an unforgettable experience. So why not check this thrilling adventure off your bucket list and create memories that will last a lifetime?

Wildlife Sightings: Nature’s Playground

Skagway is home to a diverse array of wildlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the great outdoors, as you never know what majestic creatures you might encounter along the way. From bald eagles soaring overhead to bears roaming through meadows, and even moose grazing near riversides, these wildlife encounters are truly awe-inspiring.

Take a guided tour with an experienced naturalist who can point out hidden animal habitats and provide fascinating insights into their behavior. Imagine spotting a seal sunbathing on rocks or catching a glimpse of playful otters splashing in the water. These encounters offer a rare opportunity to witness animals in their natural habitat and create lasting memories.

Skagway: A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Skagway’s natural beauty provides endless possibilities for outdoor enthusiasts seeking unforgettable experiences. Whether you choose to hike through breathtaking landscapes, soar through treetops on zipline courses, or embark on wildlife tours, this Alaskan gem has something for everyone.

So pack your bags, put on your hiking boots or harness, and get ready to immerse yourself in Skagway’s pristine wilderness. Experience the thrill of adventure while surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery that will leave you breathless. Don’t miss out on the chance to explore this outdoor paradise—it’s time to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Chilkoot Trail

Chilkoot Trail: A Historic Hiking Experience

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure that will take you back in time? Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to follow in the footsteps of gold rush stampeders on the legendary Chilkoot Trail. This challenging 33-mile trail, which crosses into Canada’s Yukon Territory, offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in history while enjoying the beauty of nature.

Step into History

As you traverse the rugged terrain of the Chilkoot Trail, you’ll be transported back to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. Picture yourself as one of the brave souls who ventured into these untamed lands in search of fortune. Along the way, you’ll pass by historic campsites and relics from a bygone era, providing glimpses into the lives and struggles of those who came before us.

The trail itself was once a lifeline for prospectors making their way to Dawson City. Stampeders would carry heavy loads of supplies up steep inclines, facing treacherous weather conditions and formidable challenges along their journey. Today, hikers can still see remnants of this rich history scattered throughout the trail, connecting with a time when dreams were big and chances were taken.

Breathtaking Scenery

Prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking scenery that awaits you on the Chilkoot Trail. As you make your way through alpine meadows and dense forests, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife that call this area home. Majestic bald eagles soaring overhead, curious marmots scurrying across rocky outcrops – every step brings new wonders to behold.

One highlight along the trail is Pitchfork Falls, a magnificent waterfall cascading down moss-covered rocks. Take a moment to pause and marvel at its beauty as it tumbles gracefully into crystal-clear pools below. The sight and sound of this natural wonder will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired to continue your journey.

As you ascend towards the summit, be prepared for panoramic views that will take your breath away. Snow-capped peaks stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a backdrop of unparalleled beauty. It’s moments like these that remind us of the power and grandeur of nature, making every step on the Chilkoot Trail worth it.

Plan Your Adventure

Embarking on the Chilkoot Trail requires careful planning to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. Before setting off, make sure to obtain the necessary permits from Parks Canada and have a thorough understanding of trail conditions. The weather in this region can be unpredictable, so pack appropriate gear and clothing to stay comfortable throughout your trek.

Due to its challenging nature, it is recommended that hikers have previous backpacking experience before attempting the Chilkoot Trail. Physical fitness is also essential, as you’ll be covering long distances over varied terrain. Take time to train and prepare yourself physically for this demanding adventure.

To fully appreciate the history and significance of the trail, consider joining a guided tour or hiring a local guide. They can provide valuable insights into the gold rush era and share stories that bring the past to life. Traveling with others allows for shared experiences and camaraderie along the trail.

Connect with History in Nature

The Chilkoot Trail offers more than just an opportunity to hike; it provides a chance to connect with history while immersing yourself in nature’s wonders. As you walk in the footsteps of those who sought their fortunes during one of history’s most significant events, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for their resilience and determination.

Imagine what it must have been like for those early pioneers: facing adversity at every turn yet pushing forward in pursuit of their dreams. Walking this trail allows us to reflect on our own journeys through life – reminding us that challenges are meant to be overcome and that the pursuit of our passions is a worthwhile endeavor.

So, if you’re seeking an adventure that combines history, natural beauty, and personal growth, look no further than the Chilkoot Trail. Strap on your backpack, take that first step into the past, and let the trail guide you to experiences you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding and Musher’s Camp Adventures

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in Skagway, Alaska? Look no further than the thrilling dog sledding and Musher’s Camp experience. Get ready to embark on a journey through scenic trails, meet professional mushers, witness the incredible teamwork of sled dogs, and enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and forests. And don’t forget about the adorable husky puppies at Musher’s Camp!

Experience the Thrill of Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is not just a sport; it’s an integral part of Alaskan culture. When you visit Skagway, you have the opportunity to get a taste of this exhilarating activity firsthand. Strap in and hold on tight as you glide across snowy landscapes, pulled by a team of energetic sled dogs. Feel the rush as they navigate through twists and turns with remarkable agility.

As you ride through the picturesque trails, take a moment to soak in the beauty of your surroundings. The snow-capped mountains provide a stunning backdrop, while the towering forests create a sense of tranquility. This unique perspective allows you to appreciate Alaska’s natural wonders in an entirely new way.

Meet Professional Mushers and Their Team

At Musher’s Camp, you’ll have the chance to meet professional mushers who dedicate their lives to this traditional activity. These experienced guides will introduce you to their team of highly trained sled dogs and share their passion for dog sledding. They will regale you with tales from past expeditions, giving insight into what it takes to be a musher.

Witness firsthand how these incredible animals work together as a team. Each dog has its own role within the pack – some are leaders who guide the way, while others provide strength and endurance. The bond between musher and dog is undeniable as they communicate seamlessly during your adventure.

Discover Alaska’s Rich History

Dog sledding has a deep-rooted history in Alaska, dating back centuries. It was an essential mode of transportation for early settlers and played a vital role in exploration and trade. As you embark on your dog sledding journey, your musher will share fascinating stories about the history of this time-honored activity.

Imagine yourself transported back to the days when dog sleds were the primary means of getting around. Picture the bustling streets of historic Skagway, where teams of dogs would rush through town, delivering supplies and providing a lifeline to remote communities. Dog sledding truly embodies the spirit of Alaska’s pioneering past.

Cuddle Adorable Husky Puppies at Musher’s Camp

Before or after your dog sledding adventure, make sure to spend some time at Musher’s Camp cuddling adorable husky puppies. These playful bundles of fur will melt your heart with their boundless energy and irresistible charm. Engage with them as they playfully nibble on your fingers and shower you with affection.

Interacting with these puppies is not only incredibly enjoyable but also educational. Learn about their training process and how they eventually become part of a sled dog team. The love and care given to these puppies from birth until they join their fellow sled dogs are evident in their friendly nature.

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Shopping and Dining Experiences in Skagway

Explore skagway’s charming downtown area.

When you step off your cruise ship at the Skagway port, get ready to immerse yourself in the charming downtown area. The streets are lined with colorful buildings that house unique shops selling local crafts, jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs. It’s like stepping into a vibrant wonderland of Alaskan treasures.

Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street and let your curiosity guide you into the various boutiques and galleries. Discover intricate hand-carved totem poles that tell stories of ancient Alaska or browse through beautiful hand-knit sweaters made from soft Alpaca wool. Every shop has something special to offer, whether it’s a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork or a locally-made trinket that will forever remind you of your time in Skagway.

Indulge in Delicious Alaskan Cuisine

After working up an appetite exploring downtown Skagway, it’s time to savor the flavors of Alaska. The local cuisine is renowned for its fresh seafood, and you’ll find an abundance of mouthwatering options. Sink your teeth into succulent salmon grilled to perfection or enjoy tender halibut cooked just right. If you’re feeling adventurous, give reindeer sausage a try for a true taste of the wild.

Skagway also boasts some fantastic breweries and distilleries where you can sample craft beers and spirits. Take a tour and learn about the brewing process while sipping on unique creations like birch syrup-infused vodka or hoppy IPAs made with locally grown ingredients. These establishments are not only great places to satisfy your thirst but also offer insights into Alaska’s rich brewing traditions.

Cozy Restaurants and Cafes

There is something for everyone’s palate. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Skagway’s cozy restaurants and cafes have got you covered. Choose from a variety of options ranging from casual fare to gourmet dishes.

If you’re in the mood for comfort food, head to one of the local diners and indulge in classic Alaskan favorites like reindeer burgers or fish and chips. For those seeking a more refined dining experience, there are upscale restaurants that offer delectable seafood dishes prepared with a creative twist. Imagine savoring buttery crab legs accompanied by locally sourced vegetables while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning Alaskan landscape.

Don’t Forget the Sweet Treats

No visit to Skagway is complete without trying some famous Alaskan-made ice cream flavors. After all, indulging in a sweet treat is the perfect way to top off your exploration of this charming town. Head over to one of the local ice cream shops and be prepared to be amazed by their unique creations.

From wild blueberry swirls that burst with flavor to creamy birch syrup-infused scoops, there’s an ice cream flavor for every palate. Treat yourself to a cone or cup filled with these delightful frozen delights and take a moment to savor each spoonful as you soak in the beauty of Skagway.

Yukon Territory

Exploring Nearby Places: Yukon Territory and Glacier Bay

Extend your adventure by taking a scenic drive into canada’s yukon territory, where you can explore stunning landscapes and historic sites..

Looking to add even more excitement to your Alaskan cruise? Look no further than the nearby Yukon Territory in Canada. Just a short drive from Skagway, this region offers a wealth of natural beauty and fascinating history waiting to be discovered.

As you embark on your scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes of the Yukon, prepare to be amazed at every turn. The rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and lush forests create a breathtaking backdrop for your journey. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife such as bears, moose, and eagles that call this region home.

One of the highlights of exploring the Yukon is visiting historic sites that tell tales of its gold rush past. Step back in time as you visit places like Dawson City or Whitehorse, where remnants of the Klondike Gold Rush still linger. Immerse yourself in the stories of fortune seekers who flocked here in search of gold over a century ago.

For an authentic experience, consider hopping aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route railway. This narrow-gauge railroad takes you on a scenic journey through rugged terrain and offers panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Feel like a true adventurer as you traverse mountain passes and cross towering trestle bridges.

Discover the beauty of Glacier Bay National Park on a cruise excursion that offers breathtaking views of glaciers, wildlife, and fjords.

No trip to Alaska would be complete without experiencing Glacier Bay National Park. This awe-inspiring destination showcases nature at its finest with massive glaciers, abundant wildlife, and majestic fjords.

Embark on a cruise excursion that takes you deep into Glacier Bay’s icy wonderland. As you sail through these pristine waters surrounded by towering glaciers, prepare to be captivated by the sheer beauty of your surroundings. Witness the mesmerizing sight of ice calving, where massive chunks of ice break off from the glaciers and crash into the water below with a thunderous roar.

Keep your camera ready as you may encounter a variety of wildlife along the way. Spot humpback whales breaching in the distance or playful sea otters frolicking in the icy waters. Keep an eye on the skies for bald eagles soaring overhead, their majestic presence adding to the already stunning scenery.

For a truly unique experience, consider taking a helicopter tour over Glacier Bay. Soar above these ancient glaciers and witness their grandeur from an unforgettable aerial perspective. Marvel at the vastness of this frozen landscape and gain a newfound appreciation for nature’s power and beauty.

Experience the thrill of helicopter tours that take you over awe-inspiring glaciers for an unforgettable aerial perspective.

If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, look no further than a helicopter tour over Alaska’s breathtaking glaciers. These exhilarating tours offer unparalleled views and allow you to see this magnificent region from a whole new angle.

As you lift off in your helicopter, feel your heart race with excitement as you ascend above towering peaks and vast stretches of ice. The pilot will guide you through this icy wonderland, showcasing some of Alaska’s most iconic glaciers along the way.

Imagine yourself hovering above immense blue-white rivers of ice, witnessing crevasses and seracs that form intricate patterns on their surface. Admire how these colossal masses flow slowly down valleys, shaping the landscape over thousands of years.

Some helicopter tours even offer landings on remote glacier outposts, allowing you to step foot on this frozen terrain. Feel like an explorer as you walk on ancient ice formations while surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas. It’s an experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Alaska by visiting nearby attractions such as Haines, Juneau, or the Inside Passage.

Skagway serves as an ideal starting point for further exploration of the Alaskan wilderness. Beyond its own captivating beauty, there are several nearby attractions that offer unique experiences and allow you to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this region.

Just a short ferry ride away is Haines, a charming town nestled between mountains and water.

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Essential Information for Visiting the Port of Skagway

Be prepared for varying weather conditions.

When visiting the port of Skagway, Alaska, it is important to be prepared for varying weather conditions. The climate in this region can be unpredictable, with changes occurring throughout the day. To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience, it is recommended to dress in layers and have waterproof gear on hand.

With layers of clothing, you can easily adjust your attire as the temperature fluctuates. Start with a base layer made of moisture-wicking material to keep you dry and comfortable. Over that, add insulating layers such as sweaters or fleece jackets. Finally, top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer to protect yourself from rain or snow.

By dressing appropriately for the weather, you’ll be able to fully enjoy all that Skagway has to offer without being hindered by uncomfortable conditions.

Plan Ahead and Book Shore Excursions in Advance

To make the most of your time at the port of Skagway, it is advisable to plan ahead and book shore excursions in advance. This will help you secure your spot on popular activities like train rides or dog sledding tours, which tend to fill up quickly.

Skagway offers a range of exciting shore excursions that allow you to explore its stunning natural beauty and immerse yourself in local culture. From scenic hikes along breathtaking trails to thrilling helicopter tours over glaciers, there is something for everyone.

Booking your shore excursions early not only guarantees your spot but also gives you peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of before you even set foot on land. So don’t wait until the last minute – plan ahead and make the most out of your visit to Skagway!

Take Advantage of Free Shuttles or Explore on Foot

Upon arriving at the port of Skagway, you’ll find convenient transportation options to explore the area. Many cruise lines provide free shuttles that transport passengers between the port, downtown Skagway, and other popular attractions.

These shuttles offer a hassle-free way to get around and ensure you don’t miss out on any must-see sights. Whether you want to visit historical landmarks, browse local shops, or indulge in delicious seafood at waterfront restaurants, the free shuttle service will take you there.

Alternatively, if you prefer a more leisurely pace and want to soak in the charm of Skagway at your own rhythm, exploring on foot is highly recommended. The port is conveniently located near downtown Skagway, where most attractions are within walking distance. Strolling through the streets allows you to fully appreciate the town’s rich history and picturesque scenery.

Stay Hydrated During Your Visit

Skagway’s outdoor activities and scenic trails beckon adventurers from all over. As you embark on these exciting endeavors, it is essential to stay hydrated throughout your visit.

Carrying water bottles with you ensures that you can quench your thirst whenever needed. Hydration is crucial for maintaining energy levels and preventing dehydration in this active environment.

Whether hiking along breathtaking trails or engaging in exhilarating outdoor activities like kayaking or fishing, having water readily available will keep you refreshed and ready for new adventures.

Familiarize Yourself with Local Customs and Wildlife Etiquette

When visiting the port of Skagway, it’s important to familiarize yourself with local customs and respect wildlife by observing them from a safe distance while adhering to park regulations.

Alaska’s natural beauty is home to diverse wildlife species such as bears, moose, eagles, and whales. While encountering these magnificent creatures can be awe-inspiring, it is crucial not to disturb their natural habitats or endanger yourself by approaching them too closely.

Respecting wildlife etiquette means keeping a safe distance from animals and refraining from feeding or touching them. This not only ensures your safety but also preserves the well-being of the wildlife and their ecosystems.

Can I visit Skagway without taking a cruise?

Yes! While Skagway is a popular cruise port, it is also accessible by road and air. You can choose to visit independently or join land-based tours to explore the area.

What is the best time of year to visit Skagway?

The peak tourist season in Skagway runs from May to September when the weather is milder. However, each season offers its own unique charm, so it ultimately depends on your preferences.

Are there any age restrictions for outdoor adventures in Skagway?

Age restrictions may vary depending on the specific activities and tour operators. It’s best to check with individual providers to ensure suitability for all members of your group.

Can I see wildlife during my visit to Skagway?

Yes! Skagway is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bald eagles, bears, whales, and more. Keep your eyes peeled during outdoor excursions for potential wildlife sightings.

Are there vegetarian or vegan dining options available in Skagway?

Yes! Many restaurants in Skagway offer vegetarian and vegan menu options. Be sure to inform the staff about any dietary restrictions or preferences when dining out.

These FAQs should help answer some common questions you may have about visiting Skagway Cruise Port. If you have any further inquiries, feel free to reach out to local tourism authorities or consult with your travel agent for personalized assistance.

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The 16 Best Alaska Cruise Excursions for 2024

A cruise to Alaska is one of the best ways to visit many parts of the 49th state, including the Inside Passage and the southeastern port towns of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. You can also see dozens of glaciers on a cruise, plus remote places reachable only by water, like Glacier National Park & Preserve. Traveling by ship allows you to get closer to one-of-a-kind experiences in Alaska's interior, especially if you extend your vacation with a cruisetour (a package that includes the cruise and a land portion either before or after your voyage).

When it comes to excursions, many cruise lines offer the same experiences ashore for larger ports of call, often with a slight variation in the itinerary. The most popular tours highlight the best activities and attractions, such as the Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour in Juneau, the Misty Fjords National Monument in Ketchikan and the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway in Skagway. You'll also find entertaining offerings from cruise lines that call on smaller, less visited ports, like Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Sitka, Seward and Haines.

While some tours cost less than $100, don't be surprised to find over-the-top experiences that run about $750 per person – such as heli-flightseeing tours, where you'll land on a glacier and go dog-sledding with a team of Alaskan huskies. If you're comfortable with going it on your own, you might find lower prices on some excursions by booking directly with tour operators. Alaskan outfitters are used to working around cruise ship arrival and departure times, so their tours tend to fit into those schedules.

U.S. News has compiled this list to help you find the best Alaska cruise excursions, from the most popular (and affordable) options to once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

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Even though it's surrounded by water and mountains – and there's no road into town – Juneau is one of the most visited ports in Alaska, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer. You'll find plenty to do in Alaska's capital, including whale watching tours, salmon bakes and more.

Mendenhall Glacier

The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the top attractions in Juneau, so many tours include a visit to the Tongass National Forest to view the 12-mile-long sheet of blue ice. Some cruise lines, like Princess Cruises , offer self-guided trekking excursions that include a ride on the Juneau Goldbelt Tram, which affords views of the Chilkat Mountains and other panoramic scenery. You can also opt to see the glacier from the water by boat or kayak, or on a float trip.

However, if you're going to splurge on any one excursion, it's this one: Sign up for a helicopter landing on Mendenhall Glacier, followed by a dog-sledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies. During the approximately 30-minute helicopter ride, you'll fly over rainforests and spectacular summits, but the real fun is when you arrive at the camp to go zipping through the snow led by your team of dogs and a professional musher.

The Mendenhall Glacier helicopter excursion is offered on Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises.

Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest

Whale watching is another top activity when visiting Juneau, and many cruise lines offer several options for tours. Holland America Line has a five-hour, small-group excursion for just 20 guests; you'll search for humpback whales on a safari vessel, then hike on Mendenhall Glacier where you can look for beavers, Arctic terns, porcupines and black bears. If you prefer an even smaller group, Princess Cruises offers a 3.5-hour private whale watching tour for six people. Possible sightings include humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, eagles, harbor seals, lighthouses, glaciers and maybe even a bear along the shoreline.

One of Viking Ocean Cruises ' excursions, the Best of Juneau, lasts more than six hours and takes guests on a naturalist-led whale watching cruise by catamaran. Before heading back to shore, you'll have a lunch of local wild-caught Alaska salmon on remote Colt Island, followed by a scenic drive to Mendenhall Glacier to end the day.

Alaska whale watching and wildlife excursions are offered on Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Taku Lodge Salmon Bake

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 3.5-hour Taku Glacier Lodge Flight & Feast excursion that will tick several quintessential Alaska adventures off your bucket list. After flying over the Juneau Icefield (the fifth-largest ice field in North America) in a classic De Havilland seaplane, guests will land in the river at the historic Taku Glacier Lodge across from Juneau's largest glacier, the 5-mile-wide Taku Glacier.

A traditional Alaska salmon bake (with all the fixings) and drinks made with glacier ice are another highlight of the day. You might even see a black bear sniffing around for leftovers after your feast. Following lunch, take a walk in the lush Tongass National Forest before heading back from the wilderness.

Salmon bake excursions are offered on Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Ketchikan sits at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's Inside Passage. It is one of the most visited ports in Alaska, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Visitors come to this part of the state for the beautiful scenery, Alaska Native culture and fresh seafood, including Alaska salmon and king crab. And they just might enjoy an entertaining lumberjack show or floatplane ride to kick off their day while in town.

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Watch Alaska's hearty lumberjacks battle British Columbia's tough woodsmen in a head-to-head competition to see who can win the title of "Bull of the Woods." The thrill-a-minute show – a guest favorite – features a 50-foot tree climb, ax throwing, log rolling, buck sawing and springboard chopping, along with plenty of lumberjack lore. Some lines, like Princess Cruises, offer just the show; it lasts a little over an hour, so there will be plenty of time for a self-guided tour of Ketchikan before heading back to the ship. You may also be able to book a combination tour that includes the show and an ax throwing lesson (plus a competition of your own), or a trip to Totem Bright State Park, where you'll learn about the significance of totem poles and the Native Tlingit and Haida cultures.

Holland America Line offers a tour with the lumberjack show and a feast of local Dungeness crabs. For another culinary option, check out the 3.5-hour excursion with Norwegian Cruise Line . It includes a visit to Saxman Native Village, where you'll sample smoked wild game meats, dine on chef-selected dishes prepared with regional ingredients, and taste local wines and beers.

Lumberjack shows are offered on Alaska voyages with Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises , Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour

Embark on the Aleutian Ballard, the Bering Sea fishing boat made famous by the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" television series. The approximately three-hour excursion gives guests a firsthand experience of what it's like to sail on the vessel as a Bering Sea crab fisherman and catch massive king crabs, octopuses and other marine life with 700-pound crab pots. The boat may also stop at nearby Annette Island, where you'll have the chance to see whales, sea lions, seals and bald eagles soaring overhead (one may even try to snag your catch!). You may also get to watch local fishermen at work.

Some lines that offer the fisherman's tour include Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

Misty Fjords by Floatplane or Cruise

The more than 2 million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the top attractions in Alaska . Described by naturalist and author John Muir as "the Yosemite of the North," the awe-inspiring destination is best viewed from above on a floatplane. From the sky, you'll see towering 1,000-foot waterfalls, the volcanic Revillagigedo Island, snowcapped peaks, verdant forests and 3,000-foot walls of granite descending into the fjords. On a floatplane tour, you'll also have the chance to land on the water and take in the spectacular scenery from another viewpoint.

If you're not a fan of small planes, some lines offer the option of taking a cruise from Ketchikan's harbor. You'll sail into Behm Canal surrounded by the scenery of Misty Fjords, and you may even see wildlife or bald eagle nests. You'll also cruise by Eddystone Rock, a massive volcanic spire emerging from the sea, as well as waterfalls and 3,000-foot cliffs sculpted by glaciers.

Cruise lines that offer floatplane or cruisetours of Misty Fjords include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Viking Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

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Skagway is another busy and popular cruise port in Alaska. It's one of the most popular towns on the Inside Passage itinerary; its fascinating Klondike Gold Rush history dates back to 1897. Take notice of the historic false-front shops reminiscent of the gold rush days as you explore. Many of these buildings are part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and you may even see people strolling down the streets dressed in period costumes.

White Pass & Yukon Route

One of the top-rated attractions in Skagway is the White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad journey through Alaska's wilderness. The narrow-gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark – an honor shared by the Panama Canal, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Dating back 125 years, the historic railway features vintage rail cars and climbs to a steep 2,865 feet at the summit over just 20.4 miles. Along the way to the summit – located at the official international border between the U.S. and Canada – you'll listen to the history of the Klondike Gold Rush while passing by Inspiration Point, Dead Horse Gulch and Bridal Veil Falls. After making a loop at the top, the train will head back down the mountain. You might even see snow on the ride if your cruise to Alaska is early in the season .

Excursions on some lines combine the rail journey with other activities, like biking on the Klondike Highway from the summit or visiting Liarsville, a gold rush trail camp. Others include a stop (and a cold beer) at the Skagway Brewing Company. In addition, some cruise providers offer the train ride in a luxury class rail car, which includes complimentary beverages, snacks and a private guide who will explain the history of the railroad as you watch the scenery pass by.

Norwegian Cruise Line's six-hour excursion features a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route, a salmon bake at Liarsville and an adult beverage with one of the "madames" at the renowned Red Onion Saloon. Meanwhile, Silversea Cruises ' new 5.5-hour tour includes the train ride; a trip to the Yukon Suspension Bridge, which sits 65 feet above the white water rapids of the Tutshi River; and a hearty lunch of bison chili.

Cruise lines that offer the railroad (and combination) tours include Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Musher's Camp and Sled Dog Discovery

If you want to cuddle with Alaskan husky puppies, then this excursion is for you. Norwegian Cruise Line's approximately three-hour excursion takes guests to a professional musher's summer camp in Dyea Valley, where they train sled dogs for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod races. After a thrilling ride into the rainforest on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you'll head out on a summertime dog sled with 16 Alaskan huskies at the helm. Before puppy play time, you'll learn how the mushers care for the dogs and prepare for the races. Depending on the cruise line, some tours may end with roasting s'mores by the fire.

Some lines that offer this excursion are Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Adventure

The historic Chilkoot Trail was the main route for those in search of untold riches during the famous gold rush years. Today, the trail, located in Gold Rush National Historical Park, is a rainforest full of birds and wildflowers. Excursions to the park include hikes with river floats on the Taiya River (there are no rapids) or bike tours of the trail. There are also wilderness kayaking outings to Chilkoot Lake, which is home to the five species of Pacific salmon, waterfowl, bald eagles and one of the largest brown bear populations in southeast Alaska.

Some cruise lines that offer these excursions include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Sitka is the only community in the Inside Passage that sits on the Pacific Ocean. The small city – home to just 8,500 residents – was owned by Russia before the U.S. purchased the land in 1867. Today, you'll find remnants of this Russian heritage, like onion-shaped domes and Saint Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Sitka also has a strong Tlingit culture. In terms of shore excursions, you'll find plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing surrounded by pristine landscapes.

Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest

Royal Caribbean International's three-hour jet boat cruise on Sitka Sound features panoramic scenery (including snow-capped peaks) and the chance to see abundant wildlife. During the tour, look for playful sea otters, whales and brown bears walking along the coast. The line also offers another tour – Sea Otters, Raptors and Bears Oh My – that features a naturalist-guided catamaran cruise followed by visits to the Alaskan Raptor Center (a rehabilitation center for birds of prey) and the Fortress of the Bear (a rescue operation for orphaned bears).

In comparison, Carnival Cruise Line 's VIP wildlife quest in search of whales, sea otters, coastal brown bears and more concludes with a feast of wild salmon cooked over a wood-fired grill, Alaska crab and prime rib at the Fin Island Lodge. Following a wildlife Zodiac cruise around the archipelago, Holland America Line's version of this excursion also visits the lodge for lunch in partnership with Food & Wine magazine.

You can find this excursion on Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

The Best of Sitka

Several cruise lines offer a version of this tour, which features an exploration of the top attractions in Sitka. On this excursion, you'll visit the Fortress of the Bear in Tongass National Park to learn about the facility's work with orphaned bears. There's also a stop at Sitka National Historical Park, where the 1804 "Battle of Alaska" between the Russians and the Tlingits was fought. Here, you'll see handcarved totem poles created by skilled Tlingit artists and get to meet local Native artists to learn more. The excursion also includes a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center.

Lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah)

Icy Strait Point in Hoonah may be a much smaller port than others on this list, but it is a jumping-off point for endless outdoor explorations, including whale watching tours and searching for coastal brown bears. Icy Strait Point is Alaska Native-owned and -operated and is home to the largest Native Tlingit village in Alaska. While here, explore the wilderness areas of Chichagoff Islands, visit the 1912 cannery museum, and grab lunch with fresh Alaska king and Dungeness crabs before taking a ride on the world's largest ZipRider. (Or, play it safe and plan to take that ride down the mountain before lunch.)

Whale Watching & Bear Search

The waters surrounding Icy Strait Point host the largest summer population of humpback whales in the state, especially around the Point Adolphus area. If you purchase a tour directly with the Icy Strait Point website, they'll even guarantee you'll see whales – or they'll refund your money. During the tour, look for orcas, Steller sea lions, porpoises and seals. But be sure to also gaze overhead for bald eagles and search along the shore for bears; the Spasski River Valley in the remote wilderness of Chichagof Island has one of the highest densities of coastal brown bears in the world. Some cruise lines offer a variation of this excursion that includes a boiled seafood feast back on shore at Icy Strait Point.

You can find this excursion on voyages with Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Scenic Mountain Ascent & World's Largest ZipRider

Thrill-seekers (who love heights) will jump at the chance to ride the world's largest and longest zip line, which sits more than 1,300 feet above sea level at the top of Icy Strait Point. The ride to the summit on the SkyGlider mountaintop gondola is also a rush, but the real excitement comes as you zoom down 5,330-foot zip lines with five other riders at 60 mph – with views of the forest below and Glacier Bay National Park in the distance. A break-activated landing on the beach brings riders safely back to the ground. The price also includes unlimited rides on the gondola.

Cruise lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises , Viking Ocean Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.

A less visited port than some others on this list (according to CLIA), Seward is the ancestral home to the Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people. Its breathtaking natural beauty – with mountains on one side and Resurrection Bay on the other – has been shaped by glaciers over thousands of years. Top attractions in Seward include the Alaska SeaLife Center and a charming downtown area. It also offers access to Kenai Fjords National Park.

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

During your stop in Seward, take a full-day excursion to see the astounding beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park. The impressive fjords are surrounded by mountains standing more than 6,000 feet tall and an ecosystem rich in wildlife. While there, watch for a variety of whale species, sea otters, porpoises and sea lions, and onshore, you might see bears and mountain goats. There are also 191 documented species of birds in the park and many glaciers. As you get up close to Holgate Glacier, listen as chunks of blue ice calve into the water.

Some cruise lines, such as Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, offer this as an individual tour, while others like Holland America Line include it as part of a cruisetour. You can also book the excursion directly with a local tour operator if you're embarking or disembarking in Seward.

Haines, a small port about 20 miles north of Skagway, is best known for its Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The 49,000-acre preserve has the largest natural gathering of eagles during the late salmon runs and boasts pristine forests, marshlands and rivers brimming with wildlife.

Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

Norwegian Cruise Line's five-hour excursion takes guests on an adventure into the wilderness by boat while cruising North America's deepest and longest fjord, the upper Lynn Canal. You might even see breaching whales and playful sea lions en route to Glacier Point, where you'll disembark at the beach upon arrival. After a drive through the forest and a hike in the woods, you'll have unforgettable, up-close views of the Davidson Glacier by canoe.

Lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Silversea Cruises. Holland America Line offers this excursion from Skagway.

Eagle Preserve Rafting Float Adventure

Look for bald eagles soaring overhead as you raft down the gentle Chilkat River through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The waters are overflowing with salmon that come to spawn, serving as food for as many as 400 bald eagles living in the Chilkat Valley. Don't be surprised to see brown bears or 1,600-pound moose coming to feast along the riverbank during your rafting adventure.

Some lines that offer this excursion include Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Lin e. Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises host this excursion from Skagway.

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Gwen Pratesi is a U.S. News & World Report contributor and an avid travel adventurer who fell in love with Alaska on her first visit to the state many years ago. She's returned several times both by land and sea to view wildlife and chase the northern lights in one of the best places on the planet to view them. She's even considered moving to The Great Land as a full-time resident. Pratesi used her deep knowledge of Alaska and the cruise industry to write this article.

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