Skagway White Pass Scenic Railway Excursion Reviews
The unforgettable journey on the White Pass Scenic Railway is not just another train ride; built through rugged terrain, the route passes through tunnels and valleys en route to the scenic White Pass Summit.
It was very cold and rainy in Skagway which became a problem when we got on the railway with no heat. The views were spectacular but we were freezing. Also did gold panning and it was fun, again cold. The mosquitoes were out so I'd recommend bug spray.
We booked excursion ourselves online and were met on time by our tour guide/driver right in front of ship. He gave us a quick tour of the town as we headed to the train. He showed us to our carriage then left us to enjoy the ride. Up the top he was there to meet us, we hopped back on the bus and headed back down, making stops on the way, including the Welcome To Alaska sign as snow was falling. It was a great day, with a great tour guide.
The views were stunning while getting a historical overview of the area. The ride was long but relaxing. The tour we went on did not provide food or drinks (besides water), so eat up before going aboard.
Booked the train and gold panning as a package. Price was crazy expensive from what we are used to, $205 each. We ended up getting really lucky with some amazing weather, great views of the Skagway valley, fun bus driver on the way down and great gold panning experience with a classic gold panning guide. He stole the day with his instructions on how to gold pan, kudos to him!
Seats on the train where too small and if you sat on the right side of the carriage you missed seeing what feature the tour was talking about.....trying to get a photo was a joke as we found no courtesy from the people on this excursion.
Coach to north and then train back down. Great views from both.
Lunch was nothing special, a chicken leg, half a baked potato and watery coleslaw.
Nice to see a few animals. Carcross was main town, pleasant enough.
Good train ride back
Very nice excursion. You get to see so much w/ minimal physical exertion. We saw beautiful sites w/ educational information provided by rail staff. Really had a nice time!! Definitely would do this again!!
By contrast, the weather in Skagway was much more pleasant, and the town is very easy to navigate. We enjoyed a return trip on the Alaskan end of the White Pass and Yukon Railway, just as far as the summit (having visited the other end on our Yukon land trip). This is a very interesting way to spend half a day, and railway aficionados will surely be impressed to see the challenges the line builders managed to overcome. Many passengers disembarked here and continued their trip overland up to Anchorage. The WP&YR takes you as far as Carcross in Yukon, and you take a coach from there onwards to Whitehorse and beyond. TIP: if you intend to travel to Carcross you’ll need your passport because Yukon Territory is in Canada!
Most of the stores here seem to be selling jewellery and trinkets, or items made by native peoples using local materials (bone, horn, walrus ivory, etc.) at very inflated prices.
It was a totally rainy, foggy day. Not a good day to see anything let alone the magnificent scenery and feat of building this railroad. Sadly! I booked with Chilkoot tours and it was up on the train, down by van. However, Kevin the guide seemed to be in a hurry to get back to town and didn't stop at the viewing points on the road whereby we could have seen something. Very disappointed by this. I would do up and down by train next time, to give the weather a chance to clear. Or I would only decide on the day (not sure if you would miss out though in the busy season if the train was full). Anyway an expensive trip if it's fogged out.
Rode train for 3 hrs listened to tour guide. Wish we had only done train ride.
Kids were all miserable b/c we waited over 3 hours to get onto train! 15 mins listening to guy about panning gold and less than 10 mins to pan 6 oz of dirt, waited almost an 1hr to hear a guy talk about dog racing for over 30 minutes, then petted dogs, got lunch, then finally got on train.
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