Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park

Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park

Skagway is a city in Alaska, USA which offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • The white pass and Yukon route
  • Chilkoot pass trail and hiking
  • Jewell gardens
  • Downtown Skagway
  • Pitchfork falls
  • Klondike gold dredge
  • Ried falls hiking
  • Red Onion Saloon
Downtown, Skagway, Alaska

Downtown, Skagway, Alaska

In downtown Skagway you’ll find mainly souvenir shops as well as a few restaurants and bars.  The most famous bar in Skagway is the Red Onion saloon.  This was a place for men back in the days of the gold rush, it’s possible to take a tour of the upstairs area of this saloon too.  You can also enjoy a drink and meal whilst being served by girls typical of the gold rush era.  A short walk from downtown you’ll find Klondike gold dredge which has lots of information on life here during the gold rush.

White Pass Train, Skagway

White Pass Train, Skagway

In 1898 during the Klondike rush, the railway was built, which climbs 900 meters in 30 kms from downtown Skagway to the white pass, Yukon.  This railway is often referred to as the railway built on gold.  Now, it’s used as a tourist attraction, tourists enjoy the amazing views during the ascent.  Seats on the train sell out quickly so I recommend reserving in advance.

The Chilkoot pass is known as ‘the worlds longest museum’ or the ‘meanest 33 miles of history’, it’s the hiking equivalent to the railway.  Remember, the gold rush started before the railway was built.  You’ll need to organize a walking permit and be familiar with bear safety before taking this route from Skagway to the Canadian border.

Pitchfork Falls, Skagway, Alaska

Pitchfork Falls, Skagway, Alaska

As I prefer to take the bus over the train, I got to see Pitchfork Falls from a viewpoint on the road that winds around a similar route to the train.  As you can see from the image above, the train track is on top of the pitch fork.  At over 600 meters in height, Pitchfork falls are one of the highest falls in the world.

Glacier, White Pass, Yukon, Canada

Glacier, White Pass, Yukon, Canada

The white pass itself is very beautiful.  Do you think the guys who took this route during the gold rush took the time to appreciate the views like the people of today do?  It’s the views, the history and construction of this railway that make the Yukon pass the most popular land excursion in Alaska.  The full route is over 175 km long, winding around mountains over the Yukon pass and has been awarded the international historic civil engineering landmark.  Tourists get to experience over 100 km of the original route.

Cruise Ship from Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Cruise Ship from Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

From Skagway I continued my Princess cruise to the highlight of the Alaska trip, Glacier Bay National Park.  On the cruise ship I again enjoyed unlimited food, lots of great entertainment and I managed to do some exercise in the gym.

Glacier Bay National Park to College Fjord

2018-03-22T15:35:46+00:00January 23rd, 2017|North America, USA|14 Comments


  1. Jen February 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    The Alaskan Gold Rush was such an interesting period of history. Touring the old saloons would be so fascinating!

  2. Jenni February 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I really want to go to Alaska the falls looks so pretty. I might wait until summer to visit though as I hear it is very cold during the winter. I would definitely try and do a cruise too as it looks so cool

  3. chanelle February 7, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Oh wow, the pitchfork falls look so pretty! I would love to get myself to that side of the world and I hope I do some day. Great that you managed to get some exercise at the gym, I would certainly need that with all the unlimited food 😉

  4. Rhiannon February 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    The scenery looks beautiful! Reading your post has made me want to learn more about the Alaskan Gold Rush now, which is something I’d never heard of before. The photo of Downtown reminds of Wild West films!

  5. Diana February 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    When I think about that area, I always just think beautiful views, but I love that there is so much history there too. I would love to travel this route – Alaska has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I hope to be able to travel there soon.

  6. Julianne February 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I’ve been to a few places in Alaska — Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka — but never Skagway. We also went on a cruise to Alaska, but with Celebrity instead of Princess. Your photos make me want to return and explore it on my own!

  7. Midori February 18, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    So cool! You’re creating a great destination in my mind!

  8. Noemi February 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    That is absolutely stunning! I don’t know if I’d prefer to take the train or the bus for the ascent, it seems like both offers gorgeous views but the view you took of the Pitchfork falls is absolutely outstanding! I’m quite curious as to how the servers were dressed as well. :p

  9. Kelly February 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Skagway looks so amazing and full of history. I love the history ofthe gold rush and the fact that the gurls in the red onion saloon srill dress like they did back then. Also love the shot of the falls. Alaska is on my list of places to travel for sure.

  10. Sylvanmist February 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Nice overview. I really can’t wait to go there myself and see it! I love your picture of downtown Skagway, it looks like a fun town to walk around in with the view of the mountains right there too! What was your favorite piece of scenery on the trip?

  11. Allison February 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Alaska has always held a fascination for me and I hope to make it there one day. Pitchfork Falls looks stunning and aid love to try out the Red Onion Saloon. Cruising through Alaska is a dream so I’m just a little bit jealous of you at the moment lol

  12. Vicki February 27, 2017 at 6:15 am - Reply

    I would love Love LOVE to go to Alaska! Those bright blue waters and snow capped mountains have been calling my name for years! Skagway seems like a good ‘starter town’ too before you set off cruising with a lot to do – some port towns have very little and you can feel like your wasting a day (which when you are short on travel time is not a great feeling!)

  13. Michaela Terese Harrison February 27, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Love the scenery and downtown I’ve heard it is a beautiful place. I think a little too cold for me. Love the photo Pitchfork falls and cool name. Thank you sharing

  14. Swati February 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Alaska seems to be of a postcard. Pitchfork falls is so beautiful and yunkun pass and the view of glacier is mesmerizing. Never knew that it won an award too. Skagway looks charming 🙂

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