Skagway Travel Guide

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Skagway is located at the bottom of a deep valley, with very steep mountain sides. In the winter, it gets very little sun and there are few people around. In the summer, however, tourists and seasonal workers come to fill the town up. It is the least rainy town in Southeast Alaska because it is furthest removed from the ocean. Popular attractions are the gold rush trail and the White Pass railroad into Carcross, Canada, which might soon be extended to Whitehorse, YT. This is only open during the tourist season and only runs for the tourists.

The ferry service into town is usually very good. Hitch-hiking out of town can be difficult, but the bus to Whitehorse will probably pick you up if you have some money and you give up.

Also popular are old-school bars such as Moe's bar, which will soon close so enjoy it, the Red Onion bar, and the brewery. There are some nice shorter trails inluding one halfway out the railroad line, and one up the mountainside on the East side. Some people like to bicycle down the road into town, and once a year there is a grueling footrace-bicycle race up to the pass.

This is also a very popular stop for the cruiselines that come to Alaska.