Skagway is a place with scads of history and little rain, receiving about 26 inches of rain each year making it one of the driest communities along the Inside Passage. Much of Skagway is within the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and many of the buildings and old shop fronts have been restored so the town looks similar to the boomtown it was in the late 1890s. The history of the Gold Rush days is most evident in this town at the northern tip of the Inside Passage.
Chilkoot Trail – A Southeast Alaska Inside Passage vacation would not be complete without learning about its fascinating Gold Rush history. While hiking either all or part of the Chilkoot Trail just outside of Skagway, visitors will find history at their feet, literally. Hundreds of discouraged gold miners ditched their supplies as they gave up their dreams of Klondike gold and headed home. Old pick axes, wagon wheels, shovels and countless other items are found along the 33-mile trail.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railway – This iron trail was born of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and built through some of the North’s most rugged and beautiful terrain. Today, it’s a comfortable ride in refurbished train cars following the original route of the hopeful stampeders of 1898.