Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour
The Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour combines a tour of historic Skagway with a tour of the scenic White Pass Summit Area following the Klondike Highway. This Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour also parallels the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad summit train ride much of the way to the White Pass Summit Area and is rich in our Klondike Gold Rush history.
Your visit to Skagway cannot be complete without experiencing the White Pass - taking the Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour is your most cost effective means to see the wilderness which inspired Robert Service and Jack London!
Your tour guide begins your shore excursion with a drive through tour of Skagway's Historic District; bringing to life Skagway's lawless days during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-99. During this time Skagway, Alaska was known as the toughest town on earth with at least 84 saloons, even though it was illegal to consume, possess, or distribute alcoholic beverages!
The first stop on the Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour is the Skagway City Overlook where you will enjoy the breathtaking view. Here your guide will take your picture with the city of Skagway, your cruise ship in the harbor, the beautiful Lynn Canal, and the spectacular Chilkat Mountains.
Next, your Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour will visit the Klondike Gold Rush Cemetery, a.k.a. "Skagway's Boot Hill". Here your guide will tell the tale of Frank Reid and "Soapy" Smith and their famous gunfight (the most famous shootout since the OK Coral) which changed the future of Skagway, Alaska.
Leaving Skagway, Alaska for the White Pass Summit Area, you will journey along the Klondike Highway, which parallels the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad train ride.
In between visiting historic points of interest, azure glaciers, thundering waterfalls, majestic mountain vistas, and overlooks of pristine wilderness, your guide will help you relive the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-99.
One of the many highlights of this portion of the Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour is drinking ice cold refreshing glacier water from Bridal Veil Falls. Take the Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour and enjoy a sip of history!
Be sure to have your camera ready for some of the most scenic views in Alaska, as each stop is filled with truly amazing photo opportunities.
Please Note: As on all of our stops, your tour guide will be available to assist you with your picture taking.
Continuing to parallel the historic White Pass Trail and White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad train ride, you will climb 3,292 feet to the White Pass Summit Area - this is the daunting Tormented Valley of British Columbia, Canada.
Note: The Tormented Valley contains large areas having an almost "lunar" appearance, making this one of the most unique eco-systems in North America. Here we will explore a forest-tundra ecotone consisting of the blending of a stunted forest of three hundred year old trees, known as "krummholz", and alpine tundra.
The final leg of the Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour will be through the Tormented Valley with optional stops at the Upper and Lower Tormented Valley Overlooks, Divided Lake, and Fraser Lake. As we travel through the Tormented Valley we may view a number of glaciers - weather permitting!
While traveling down the Klondike Highway, you will be awed by the stark beauty carved out by retreating glaciers. As you survey the vast landscape of the White Pass Summit Area, you will come face to face with the rugged, unforgiving wilderness which inspired such classic authors as Jack London and Robert Service.
The final stop before returning to Skagway will be at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign. This, we can truly say, is our most popular photo stop.
As this Skagway Spectacular Sightseeing Tour comes to a close, your guide will either drop you off in the heart of Skagway's shopping district or return you to your cruise ship.
Note: Your guide will gladly direct you to where the locals find the best food and shopping in Skagway, Alaska.
Southeast Tours is committed to making Skagway the highlight of your Alaskan experience. When circumstances require the consolidating of tours those affected will be given a FREE upgrade to the next tour level. Please check-in early to see if you will be given a FREE upgrade!
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** All Minors Must be Accompanied by a Legal Guardian. **
THIS TOUR WILL BE CROSSING THE U.S. AND CANADIAN BORDER, ALL U.S. AND CANADIAN CITIZENS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION A PHOTO I.D. AND PASSPORT. PEOPLE OF ALL OTHER CITIZENSHIPS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A PHOTO I.D., PASSPORT, AND VISA (IF REQUIRED) IN THEIR POSSESSION WHEN CROSSING THE BORDER. (THE SAME DOCUMENTATION USED TO BOARD YOUR SHIP.)
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