Skagway | (SGY) | skag' way
"Gateway to the Klondike"
Skagway is a place where the romance and excitement of yesteryear lingers around every corner, every bend in the trail. It is located just 13 nautical miles from Haines and 81 nautical miles from the Auke Bay ferry terminal in Juneau. Skagway is at the northernmost end of Lynn Canal, at the head of Taiya Inlet. It lies 108 road miles south of Whitehorse, Yukon on the Klondike Highway and is just west of the Canadian border with British Columbia. The Klondike Highway parallels the White Pass route and connects with the Alaska Highway at Whitehorse, Yukon providing a connection to the Lower 48 and interior Alaska.
- Gateway to the Klondike, Skagway owes its birth to the Gold Rush of 1898.
- The U.S. Park Service and the City of Skagway have made this one of the best historic sites in Alaska.
- Downtown buildings have been colorfully restored to reflect the history of the gold rush.
- The nearby Chilkoot Trail and Dyea Site are a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
- In 1900, Skagway became the first incorporated city in Alaska, beating Juneau by one day, and in 2007 it became the only first-class borough in Alaska.
- Visit skagway.com for more information on available activities and accommodations.
Skagway receives ferry service five days per week in the summer, and three to four days per week in the winter. One of only three communities in Southeast Alaska accessible by road (Haines, Hyder and Skagway), the Klondike Highway connects Southeast Alaska communities to the Alaska Highway. You can drive to the nearby community of Haines which is 350 miles away, or save some time and hop on the ferry for a one-hour voyage. Only six hours from Juneau or three and a half days from Bellingham, a trip to Skagway will take you back to a bygone era.
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