Skagway Alaska

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Skagway Alaska is frequently the third stop on a northbound inside passage cruise.

Considered to be the Goldrush gateway of 1898, Skagway is situated on the upper end of the Lynn Canal. This important port is the northernmost ice-free, deep-water port in North America, and serves as a year-round transportation center between Alaska, the Yukon, Northern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Europe.

It is also the southernmost port on the Alaskan Panhandle with good access to land traffic, making it not only a popular cruising port but a favorite connection for RVers.

Because of it's history the downtown area of Skagway Alaska has a colorful, goldrush flavor. The main street of Broadway is lined with decorative false-front shops, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes and restored buildings, all adding to the early 1900s appeal.

Special Skagway Alaska Places to Visit

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Every year from October to February, the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a gathering place for more than 3000 eagles as they feed on spawning salmon along the Chilkat, Klehini and Tsirku Rivers.

This unusual winter extension of the spawning season occurs because of an influx of warm water through the Chilkat River and yields perhaps the prime viewing spot for bald eagles in North America. The Haines Highway offers the best access to the area.

The Alaska Bald Eagle Festival takes place in the Haines area and is hosted by the American Bald Eagle Foundation Natural History Museum. This premier week-long event features bus tours to the feeding area, feeding sessions, natural history presentations, photography workshops, skilled artisans, speakers, music, local culture, and much more.

One of the highlights of the festival is the release of one or more rehabilitated eagles. Other festival activities include a photo contest, guided eagle tours, banquets and auctions. Many of these activities are included in the festival registration price.

The White Pass Train Tour is one of the best known and most highly rated attractions accessible from the Skagway Alaska area. Built at the turn of the 20th century and fuelled by the Goldrush frenzy, the Pass construction is a tale of severe struggle and loss of life. Once the gold fervor subsided it's commercial value came to an end. The White Pass Train Tour hence has become a way of partaking some intriguing history and the route's magnificent scenery at the same time.

Jewell Gardens is Alaska’s only public glassblowing studio where visitors can blow their own glass art, in a pristine garden setting. Definitely worth taking-in.

The Lower Reid Falls are an alluring waterscape located on a path that includes the Gold Rush Graveyard. A picturesque walk with a low level of difficulty.

Located just off Dewey Creek, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a preserve of trails, landscapes, artifacts, historic structures and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898. Learn about the Gold Rush and it's artifacts, discover the wildlife and foliage of the park, and even earn your Junior Ranger or Deputy Ranger Badge.

Several interesting day hikes can begin at Skagway including the Gold Rush Cemetery and Lower Reid Falls, the Chilkoot Trail, Sturgill's Landing, Icy Lake and Upper Reid Falls, Lower Dewey Lake, and Yakutania Point. See the National Parks Service (NPS) website for details.

Museum lovers can choose between the Skagway Museum and Archives, the Trail of '98 Museum, and Corrington's Museum of Alaskan History.

And of course there is an excursion for just about any activity of choice in Skagway Alaska.

   

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