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Skagway is a town in south-eastern Alaska, the largest state in the United States of America. It is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System. It sprang up during the Yukon gold rush in the late 1800s and now subsists almost entirely on tourism. The historical interest and natural beauty of the area make it a worthwhile place to visit.

Geography

Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage on the south coast of Alaska. It is in the Alaska panhandle 90 miles northwest of Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 464 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 452 square miles (1,170 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.5%) is water. It is currently... Read more

Skagway, AK

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Skagway is a town in south-eastern Alaska, the largest state in the United States of America. It is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System. It sprang up during the Yukon gold rush in the late 1800s and now subsists almost entirely on tourism. The historical interest and natural beauty of the area make it a worthwhile place to visit.

Geography

Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage on the south coast of Alaska. It is in the Alaska panhandle 90 miles northwest of Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 464 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 452 square miles (1,170 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.5%) is water. It is currently the smallest borough in Alaska, having taken the title away from Bristol Bay Borough at its creation.

Adjacent boroughs
  • Haines Borough, Alaska — south, west
  • Stikine Region, British Columbia — north, east
National protected areas
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (part, also in Seattle, Washington)
  • Tongass National Forest (part)

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Skagway, AK: Port Information


There are four main docks for cruise ships:
  • Ore Dock
  • Railroad Dock
  • Broadway Dock
  • Ferry Dock
The historic center is within walking distance from every dock. Shuttles are also available. 

Get around Skagway, AK


The city is only a few blocks wide and a couple of dozen blocks long, on level ground; walking works just fine.
S.M.A.R.T. City Transit provides small buses around town and to and from the cruise ship docks. Buses run from May 1 - October 1, 7 AM-9 PM, 7 days a week.

What to see in Skagway, AK


Start by stepping away from any buildings and turning 360 degrees for an impressive view of the nearby peaks that enclose Skagway.
  • Visitors Center, Broadway (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Summer daily 8 AM-6 PM. Staffed and has walking tour and trail maps available. The driftwood-faced building is among the most photographed in Alaska. 
  • Skagway Museum and Archives (Seventh and Spring Streets), +1 907-983-2420. Photos and artifacts from Old Skaguay including a Tlingit canoe, a Portland Cutter sleigh and the Bering Sea kayaks as well as Gold Rush era tools, baskets, beadwork, and carvings. Also gold rush genealogy research. 
  • Jewell Gardens (on the highway just beyond the river), +1 907-983-2111. Unique flowers and vegetables, including some giants. 
  • Footbridge to Yakutania Point & Smuggler's Cove (south of airport terminal off First Ave). Trails, exercise course, picnic spots. 
  • Skagway Sculpture Garden (8th and Spring Streets).  
  • Skagway Overlook, Mile 2 on Dyea Rd. Turnoff and platform. 
  • Gold Rush Cemetery, Alaska St. Old cemetery which includes the grave of Jefferson "Soapy" Smith and "The Largest Nugget in the World" which is really just a giant boulder painted gold. Trolley tours offered to the cemetery, but if you wish to walk from downtown it will take about 20 minutes. 

What to do in Skagway, AK


  • Mountain Flying Service (Glacier Bay Flightseeing), 132 2nd Ave (3 doors down from the visitors center in Haines, or at the Airport in Skagway), +1 907 766-3007. Mountain Flying Service does charter flights and flightseeing out of Skagway and Haines primarily. They have a spectacular plane with very large windows for flightseeing. Paul the pilot has been flying tours in the area longer than anyone else. 
  • White Pass & Yukon Route, 2nd Av, toll-free: +1-800-343-7373. Railroad was built to transport miners from Skagway to the gold. It was in service until the early 1980s, servicing the Yukon's Mining Industry. Today, a portion of the railroad is restored and still in operation. An out-and-back day trip offers great views as the train snakes along the sides of mountains overlooking the river far below; although it goes into Canada, passports aren't required because you don't get off the train. The restored/replica passenger cars feature reversible seats so that passengers face forward both outbound and when the train reverses course to return to Skagway. International trips to Fraser and Bennett Lake, British Columbia are also available. The railroad also offers a transport service for Hiker's returning from Bennett Lake after completing the Chilkoot Trail. 

What to eat and drink in Skagway, AK


Eat

A few restaurants and bars along the main street offering a variety of brews and cooking provide a pleasant alternative to - or break from - shopping and excursions.
  • You Say Tomato, State St (at 21st Ave), +1 907 983-2784. Natural whole foods, fresh bread and produce, provisions for hikers. 
  • Skagway Fish Co., Congress Way (in the red building), +1 907 983. FISH. Halibut fish and chips, Alaskan king crab. 
  • The Stowaway Cafe, 205 Congress Way (in the aqua building), +1 907 983. DINE. More upscale and overlooking the small boat harbor. 

Drink

  • Red Onion Saloon (2nd and Broadway). Has that Gold Rush era feel. "Meet the Ladies of '98".

Shopping in Skagway, AK


There is no shortage of shops along Skagway's main street (actually Broadway Street, one block from Main), offering an array of standard tourist souvenirs, native/local crafts and imported imitations, jewelry, and other goods. Here are a few:
  • Granny's Gallery, 272 State St, +1 907-983-2775. Antique native carvings, art, and jewelry. 
  • Temptations Fashion Boutique for Ladies, 5th (between Broadway & State), +1 907-983-2452.  
  • Precious Collections Gallery (Northwest Supernatural Art), 4th and Broadway, +1 425 306-8297. 10 AM-7 PM. Special showing of Alaskan Multimedia Artist, Tresham Gregg, working in woodcarvings, silk screen prints, tribal jewelry, puppets, paintings, and more. Plus exotic silver and stone jewelry. 

Safety in Skagway, AK


Alaska enjoys a comparatively low crime rate and is generally a safe place to travel though women need to be especially careful on their own, as Alaska does have a disproportionately high rate of rape and sexual assaults compared with the rest of the United States. While it is mainly Alaska Natives who are affected proportionally nonetheless it is recommended to exercise some caution although most areas visited heavily by tourists are pretty safe.

Also keep in mind that while Alaska is wild and beautiful, it does not tolerate fools easily. It is quite possible to get lost, cold, wet, and even die. The state's populace varies between extremely friendly to tourists to openly hostile. A common bumper sticker says: "If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot 'em?" Many Alaskans are understandably tired of those people from the "lower 48" who head North to live out ill-conceived — and sometimes fatal — fantasies of living off the land.

Be prepared for the trip you plan. Do your homework, and plan on being self-sufficient. Consider using a guide, or checking out local conditions with locals before jumping in the kayak, and heading for yonder point that looked so nice on the map. The water in Alaska is so cold, falling overboard can be fatal within minutes. More importantly, self-rescue becomes impossible often within seconds, especially around glacier-fed rivers. Treatment for hypothermia is required reading before doing any water sports, even during warm weather.

Bears live in many areas of the state and are best avoided. Moose are equally common and just as dangerous and attack humans more frequently than bears. See wilderness backpacking for more information about staying safe in areas of known bear activity.

Cannabis

After Colorado and Washington (state) legalized cannabis, Alaska quickly followed suit. Alaska's laws for cannabis are very similar to Colorado and Washington's. They are strict and similar to the state's laws for alcoholic beverages. You must be 21 or older to consume, possess, or purchase marijuana, regardless of whether it's for recreational or medicinal reasons. Residents of Alaska can possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams). It is legal to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis while traveling and to give as a gift to someone of legal age.

Consumption in public is illegal and enforced. It is illegal to smoke/consume cannabis on someone else's private property without their consent. Keep in mind that marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so you could still be under scrutiny.

Under NO circumstances should you bring marijuana out of the state, into an Alaska Native Tribal Entities that deemed it illegal, nor onto any federal enclave, or you will be charged under both state and federal law.

Language spoken in Skagway, AK


English is the official language. 

LOCAL TIME

6:47 pm
October 16, 2019
America/Anchorage

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