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Port of Skagway

In 1897, gold stampeders from all over the world arrived in Skagway by steamship, bound for the Dawson Gold Fields in Canada's Yukon Territory. It wasn't long before the rough-and-tumble tent town was festooned with boardwalks, dance halls, inns and saloons.

About Skagway


Pro

Skagway is tiny, so it's easy for visitors to explore in one day

Con

There's a lot to do out of town -- dog sledding, train rides -- making it tough to choose just one activity

Bottom Line

Plan carefully to maximize your time in and around this gold rush port


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More than 100 years later, Skagway still retains the feel of those Gold Rush days, though most travelers now arrive by cruise ship and follow part of the original Gold Rush route by tourist train. The immensely walkable and historic downtown has also largely been restored to its roots, complete with false-fronted buildings and wooden sidewalks. It's an utterly charming place -- if a tad precious.

Skagway ranks as one of Alaska's most popular ports. It's not unusual to find four ships docked there on the same day.

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Where You're Docked

Ships line up at one of three deep-water docks, all an easy walk from the heart of town. Small ships may dock at a fourth location, the Ferry Dock, also a few minutes from town.

Good to Know

Given that most goods and foodstuffs are flown or shipped into Alaska from the "outside," you might be a bit surprised by the higher-than-average costs of food and other essentials.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the U.S. dollar. There is an ATM at the Wells Fargo Bank at 6th and Broadway.

Language

English is spoken there.

Shopping

Hand-painted gold-mining pans are great souvenirs.