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Skagway Shore Excursions

Even though Skagway is technically on the road system (you can drive to Alaska's interior via Canada), most guests still arrive by cruise. In fact, Skagway and its modest year-round population of around 1,000 greets about a million cruise passengers each year between late-April and early October. Thanks to Alaska's wide-open spaces, there's plenty of room to spread out and experiences to participate in.

The below list is our top picks of local Alaska companies offering excursions to visitors visiting by cruise (and independently!). And this small town offers big variety. Ride the world-famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, or head for the Canadian border (and beyond) on a private van tour. Go dog sledding on a wheeled cart through the forest, or high on a glacier. Pan for gold, go rafting or look for wildlife.

All excursions can be booked directly with the companies listed below.

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Shore Excursions

1-2 hours

Season: Apr 26 to Oct 19 $339+ 2 hrs

Tak­ing a TEM­SCO heli­copter tour shows off the Gold Rush lands around Skag­way in a new light, reveal­ing gor­geous, glac­i­er-filled val­leys, tum­bling water­falls and peak after icy peak at the north end of the Juneau Ice­field. Then land on a remote glac­i­er for an excit­ing guid­ed jour­ney on ice that was formed thou­sands of years ago!

Season: Late April – early October $69 2 hrs

Walk the fine line between folk­lore and gold fever. The Liarsville Camp, near Skag­way, was orig­i­nal­ly named after jour­nal­ists who came here dur­ing the Klondike Gold Rush and cooked up all man­ner of tall tales. The event begins with an all-you-can-eat feast in the for­est. Then explore the old trail camp and fin­ish off your day with a vis­it the Fan­cy Goods store. You can also have your pic­ture tak­en with one of the dance hall girls or the camp’s  ...more

Season: May 09 to Aug 18 $549+ 2 hrs

Dog sled­ding on a glac­i­er is the ulti­mate blend of Alaskan adven­ture, as you also get there by heli­copter! Board a TEM­SCO flight that whisks you thou­sands of feet above sea lev­el to the Den­ver glac­i­er and a dog mush­ing camp hid­den away on a snow field, where Alaskan sled dogs will greet you ener­get­i­cal­ly, ready to take you on the ride of your life.

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Season: Jun 04 to Oct 19 $39+ 4 hrs

Take the train out of Skag­way to some of Alaska’s best hik­ing. Not just any train, though, but a Gold Rush-era, nar­row-gauge train that winds through gor­geous scenery and drops you off at the trail­head. The White Pass & Yukon Route Rail­road winds through stun­ning scenery on its way to drop you off on hik­ing trails that offer water­fall, moun­tain, and glac­i­er views. It’s a fun way to gear up for a day or two of great hik­ing. The train is an  ...more

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2+ hours

Season: May - September $99+ 2.5 - 6.5 hrs

With bald eagles, bears, and gor­geous scenery, as well as fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture and his­to­ry, these tours out of Skag­way and Haines offer an up-close expe­ri­ence with insights from knowl­edge­able local guides. There are sev­er­al options, includ­ing wildlife and nature tours that focus­es on find­ing and learn­ing about wildlife, a pho­tog­ra­phy tour where you get the chance to enhance your pho­tog­ra­phy skills, raft­ing, and some fun sight­see­ing tours  ...more

Season: Apr 26 to Sep 30 3 ¼ hrs

Expe­ri­ence the thrill of sum­mer­time dog mush­ing — on a wheeled sled — out of Skag­way, and meet the amaz­ing dogs and pas­sion­ate mush­ers behind this icon­ic Alaskan sport. After the ride you’ll get chance to absorb the knowl­edge and pas­sion of the mush­ers, as one of them presents on their unique expe­ri­ences and answers any ques­tions you have. After that, it’s time to cud­dle some puppies!

Season: May 15 to Sep 23 Private excursions, group rates for up to 14 passengers 5 - 7 hrs

Mid­night Sun Excur­sions will reopen in 2022. Skag­way may be a quaint small town, but it offers a big lens into the Alas­ka fron­tier. This tour oper­a­tor — run by a cer­ti­fied Nat­u­ral­ist for the state of Alas­ka — offers a friend­ly and fas­ci­nat­ing way to explore some sur­pris­ing depths of the Alas­ka wilder­ness. Options include pri­vate tours rang­ing from 5 to 7 hours that explores the sights of British Colum­bia and the Yukon

Season: Jun 04 to Oct 19 $130 2.5 – 2.75 hrs

Ride the rails on a real gold-rush era, nar­row-gauge rail­road from Skag­way into the heart of the Yukon. On the White Pass & Yukon Route Rail­road, you’ll have sev­er­al trip options, tak­ing you past glacial rivers, water­falls, and gorges for a real taste of wild Alas­ka. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time on this authen­tic train, as you climb 3,000 feet to scenic vis­tas and past apt­ly-named spots named Inspi­ra­tion Point and Dead Horse  ...more

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