If you are going to Skagway you are probably going on a cruise, unless you are going in your RV camping. Most people get to Skagway on a cruise and are there for one day, so how do you make the most of the day in Skagway, Alaska?
The best way is to go on a tour, so then you can pack in as much in as you can. There are tours that you can book through the cruise ship or independently.
Whilst I have been in Skagway I have been on two all day tours. The Kroschel Wildlife Refuge in Haines and the Best of Skagway.
Both were fantastic tours, the Kroschel Wildlife Refuge you will see lots of Alaskan wild animals. The Best of Skagway you learn about the Gold Rush History. So, it depends on what you prefer to see. There are so many tours in Skagway to do, but I do recommend both of these.
Kroschel Wildlife Refuge in Haines
The Kroschel Wildlife Refuge is run by Steve Kroschel. He is the founder of the centre and has a lifetime experience of working with wild animals for movies and TV shows.
Haines is not in Skagway so we took a catamaran ferry to Haines which is 45 minutes away. It is a beautiful trip as you sail through the natural fjords and see waterfalls and if you are lucky some wildlife, such as eagles and seals.
When you arrive in Haines it is another bus ride over to the wildlife refuge and again beautiful natural scenery all the way there.
Whilst at the park we saw; a moose, reindeer, a brown bear, a wolf, an arctic fox, a lynx, a porcupine, a mink, a wolverine and pine marten.
Then it was back on the bus and back on the ferry. This tour takes 6 hours of your day.
Best of Skagway
The best of Skagway is a good tour as you see a little of everything. We went on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, drove up the Klondike Summit highway, learnt about the Gold Rush History, went to Liarsville Trail Camp and learnt to pan for gold and ended the tour having a drink in the Red Onion Saloon to see a 1898 brothel museum.
The first part of our tour was driving along the Klondike Summit highway that was built by the US army in 1954.
The road is on the other side of mountains and you can see the train on the edge of the mountain and the Tormented Valley and Pitchfork Falls. The view was beautiful driving up to Fraser in Canada to catch the train.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
The second part of our tour was to board the train in Fraser, BC in Canada, that took us all the way back to Skagway that took about an hour and thirty minutes.
The White Pass Railroad was built between 1898 – 1900. It was built right on the edge of the mountain. We went 2885 Feet (879 Meters) above sea level at the White Pass Summit point!
The train was interesting as we saw the original Klondike trail of 1898 of men trying to find their fortune and the trail was narrated throughout the train and landmarks were pointed out. It is hard to believe men hiked this trail to try to find gold.
Liarsville Trail Camp
The Liarsville Trail Camp was a lot of fun, but it is all outside so wrap up warm if it is a cold day (the day we were there it was cold!).
It was also the last stop to have a hot bath, have your laundry done, go to a bar and see a madam before the long trail to find gold.
Red Onion Saloon
The Red Onion Saloon is a bar restaurant with a brothel museum upstairs. The Red Onion Saloon was a real brothel upstairs in 1898 – 1900.
When we entered the museum, we were greeted with the choice of Alaskan Amber beer, wine or pink lemonade. We were then shown around the rooms by a madam in costume.
There were some of the girl’s things on display like fans, perfume bottles, hair grips, brushes, dresses and fur coats.
What Did I Wear?
The day I went to Kroschel Wildlife Refuge was cold and on and off raining and the day I went on the Best of Skagway it was cold and windy.
I wrapped up warm! I wore skinny jeans, sweater, thermal tee, two pairs of socks, snow boots, jacket, gloves, scarf and hat and I brought my umbrella!
I love The North Face Gloves as you can still use the touchscreen on your smartphone without taking them off! Great for photos!
- Weather: May – September 7*C – 18*C
- Language: American English
- Currency: US Dollar
- Recommendations: Wrap up warm and bring your camera or smartphone to take lots of photos. Also, binoculars if you would like to spot some wildlife. Bring an umbrella and a waterproof jacket as when it rains in Skagway it pours!
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Love Lucy x
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