Skagway, Alaska – White Pass & Yukon Route
One of the stops of our alaskan cruise experience with the Coral Princess Ship (Princess Cruises) from Vancouver to Anchorage, was Skagway, which is a picturesque village in the heart of the Klondike territory.
The best way to enjoy and explore this beautiful land is to take a ride on the White Pass Summit Rail which will take you through history and some of the best natural scenery in the world.
This tour provides a view of the unparalleled beauty of Alaska from two completely different perspectives: one way by bus and the other by train (1 hour and 45 minute ride) from the top of the White Pass Summit to Skagway.
Every railroad has its own colorful beginnings. For the White Pass & Yukon Route, it was gold, discovered in 1896 by George Carmack and two First Nations companions, Skookum Jim and Dawson Charlie.
The few flakes they found in Bonanza Creek in the Klondike barely filled the spent cartridge of a Winchester rifle. However, it was enough to trigger an incredible stampede for riches: the Klondike Gold Rush.
To learn more about this amazing excursion visit the official site of the White Pass & Yukon Route.
Some suggestions: If you are a cruise passenger is better for you to book the excursions from the website of your cruise or directly when on the ship, but always a few days in advance.
Ship excursions are more expensive than the others you can find on the way when you get off the ship, but they make sure you get back within the time the ship departs from the port and are undoubtedly more comfortable: the point of departure and return is the ship itself!
About this tour in particular: note that it crosses the Canadian border and goes back across the US border. Any guest unable to produce the proper identification, ETA and ESTA travel authorisations (for people who are not US or Canadian citizens), will not be able to participate.
To discover more about our Alaskan experience with the Coral Princess Cruise Ship, watch these videos on YouTube made by my mate, Silvio Benvenuto, who describes everything in detail!