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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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