We went on the Dyea Dave scenic drive to the Yukon. This is a great excursion and is very scenic. It is hard to explain in words how beautiful it is there. We stopped in Carcross and had lunch at a little local deli. Lunch ran about $15 for 2 people. The town of Carcross is very tiny but quaint. Lots of little historical facts in the town.
Booked the bus to the top of the pass. Only rated a 4 because of the weather, but if you had taken the train which we did previously and had the same weather, you would have paid quite a bit more for the same views.
Didn't see exact title of our outing here, so I hope I selected the right one. or the record- ours was called the Yukon Territory Scenic Drive. Just excellent. Driver Doug was very knowledgeable about Yukon history and he stopped whenever he or we wanted to...like when we saw wildlife! (We were very glad we chose this instead of the train.)
Beautiful, sunny day in Skagway We rented an SUV at the Avis office in downtown Skagway and took an amazing drive into the Yukon, to Emerald Lake.
Our drive followed the train's route but the advantage to having our own car was better, longer views, better seating, the return was not monotonous- just as lovely returning to Skagway as the drive out to Emerald Lake. Carcross, a small crossroads, in the Yukon has a bakery with delicious coffee!
The glacial blue and turquoise water surrounding Skagway and the Yukon lakes were stunning!
Jim, (one with Army flag on bus) our bus driver OUTSTANDING!!! Scenery excellent!! Stops on the bus like passing into Canada and returning very good.. Restaurant and musher's experience OK, but not as good as one in Juneau!! Love town of Skagway. Hope to get back there again.
Had a very informative and humorous shuttle driver as our guide up the White Pass. He explained the history of White Pass and the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1800's. We stopped the top of the pass where you enter Canada and he actually was able to get us ahead of a bus tour crowd to get our picture in front of the "Welcome to Canada" sign. If not we would have probably not had the picture taken due to the large amt. of persons on the bus tour. There was only 8 of us on the shuttle so it made it nice to not have to wait for stragglers when we got on and off the shuttle.
Too long a drive there and back and lunch was pretty awful. The scenery was very pretty and our bus guide very informative both up and back but they should make it a shorter drive and give out snacks instead of going to the lunch location.
The train ride was amazing, with view after view. We had some good food at Liarsville but had very little time to do anything else there. Because of some miscommunication, we were rushed away from Liarsville but weren't able to go to our next stop yet so we got to go to the overlook and then to the old cemetery which was nice.
We rented a car from Avis ($142 for a full size vehicle) and drove on the only road you can go on to get to the Canadian border. It took about 25 minutes to get into British Columbia (Canada) over the mountain range, giving you some idea how closely southeast Alaska hugs the coastline. The views are astounding here. Honestly, it looks like those perfect model train tables or dioramas – it is heavenly. The scenery does not give up for about 70 miles, through BC and into the Yukon Territory and up to Emerald Lake. The only real town on the main highway is about five miles from the lake: Carcross (was originally called “Caribou Crossing”). Nice shops, restaurants, and a visitor center are there. Just before the lake is the Carcross Dessert. It has sands dunes and everything, but is not actually a desert as the climate is wrong – but it sure looks like one, and it seems out of place there. It is really a dry lake where glaciers once stood and the glacial silt remained after the glaciers disappeared. If you do this drive, I recommend that you bring two things: 1. Your Passport. Canada may let you in without one, but the USA will give you a more difficult time getting back in without it, and 2. A “Murray’s Guide.” The Murray’s Guide is a $5 document you can download and print from murraysguide.com. It gives mile-by-mile (by milepost marker) highlights of what is flying by your car window and it will take you from the Skagway port all the way to Whitehorse (another 30 miles past Emerald Lake). Best $5 tour guide you will ever have.
Bryan is great. His knowledge of Skagway and the Gold Rush is amazing. The Gold Rush tales are both entrancing and horrifying. The views from White Pass are beautiful. Bryan was entertaining and I don't remember him being stumped by any question about the Skagway area past or present.
We opted for the small bus with a 90 minute drive up to the White Pass instead of the train tour. Very pleasant tour with a very good local driver. Plenty of information with stops along the way. We were dropped off in town instead of the ship so we had plenty of time to explore the city of Skagway.
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