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Skagway's White Pass Railway and City Tour
Skagway, Alaska, USA
- White Pass & Yukon Road: This narrow gauge railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, and is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Your vintage passenger car climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features steep grades of up to 3.9%, cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles.
- Narrated tour up White Pass Summit: Your guide will tell tall tales about Dead Horse Gulch, Tormented Valley, and Pitchfork Falls which you will see along the way! On the way down you also enjoy a narrated motorcoach ride along the Klondike Highway, leaving you with everything you need to know about this historic region.
- Downtown Skagway: You're free to seek out your own gold (or you could just buy it from one of the many jewelry stores) in this swinging saloon town.
About this Skagway, Alaska tour
Hop aboard a vintage rail car and explore the White Pass and Yukon Route, the scene of the Klondike Gold Rush that ushered in Alaska's wild west days and renegade spirit. You may not strike gold, but you'll get rich with stories and lore.
At the height of the Gold Rush prospectors needed to carry one ton worth of equipment to get past the Canadian border and start digging for gold. Horses and trails just weren't cutting it anymore - these men needed locomotion.
An Irish contractor convinced a group of English investors that he could build a railroad over the White Pass and Yukon Route to Canada, but construction wasn't without its roadblocks: The legendary Skagway conman Soapy Smith, who ran the town during the wild Gold Rush days, didn't want a railroad running through Skagway unless someone gave him a healthy bribe.
Soapy's untimely death let the railroad chug forward, and it carried thousands of gold rushers to their unstoppable search for wealth. You'll trace their footsteps along the summit, which got a whole lot easier thanks to progressive thinking and of course the undying quest for gold.
The White Pass and Yukon Route was the economic center of Skagway long after the Gold Rush craze died down, but it was shuttered in 1982 after significant financial losses after a year of carrying mostly passengers and no cargo. But the shutdown wasn't for long: the railroad re-opened in 1988 to cater to tourists desperate to re-live the outlaw days.
Please make your way to the Small Boat Harbor at 292 Congress Way.
Travelers must bring passports (visa if required) for the US/Canada border crossing.
Written consent is required for children traveling into Canada without both parents.
A minimal amount of walking is needed. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer from chair & climb some steps. Bring a companion for assistance. Folding wheelchairs only. Advance notice is required for lift-equipped transportation.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Cultural, Wilderness/Wildlife, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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