Things to do in Skagway Alaska

There are many fun things to do in Skagway Alaska on vacation.

Skagway is a sleepy little town where you can visit the shops, hike, take a ride on a horse drawn carriage and more.

If you like guided tours consider a ride on the “Railway Build of Gold”, go on an Alaska Icefield expedition, visit the Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake and more.

On a recent visit to Skagway we visited the small town. We decided to save money and do our own exploring. Here is how you can do the same.

Skagway Alaska View

Skagway Alaska Town

Talk to business owners about fun things to do in Skagway Alaska.
They can frequently guide you away from the tourist traps and bad deals and help you have a great time for less money.

Skagway Alaska Train

Skagway Alaska Train


While in Skagway we asked local vendors about things to do and they recommended a hike on the Dewey Lakes Trail System.

The hike was medium grade about a half mile long up a hill overlooking the city. Round trip took about an hour or so (there are longer hikes).

We passed by a train, and walked up the mountain enjoying the vista below and passing a babbling brook. At the end of the short hike we came upon a beautiful lake with an old rowboat. The trip was a blast and cost us nothing.

Dewey Lakes Trail Alaska

The Lake we visited hiking Dewey Lakes Trail

The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives were used to create the “Railway Built of Gold” during the Klondike Gold Rush. It is an international Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. You will travel on a narrow-gauge railway that parallels the trail of the gold diggers of 1898.

There are stunning panoramic views of Skagway, Bridal Veil Falls, majestic glaciers, Dead Horse Gulch and more. You will also travel through tunnel Mountain with it’s southern portal on a sheer cliff!

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Have you ever dreamed of seeing Alaska up close and personal? Go Dog Sledding on a Glacier or helicopter sight seeing. See beautiful panoramic views of this pristine wilderness as it was meant to be seen. This is the oldest operating dog sled tour company in Southeast Alaska

Klondike Gold Fields
See a 1937 gold Dredge that was used at a Klondike Gold Fields in the Yukon. There are short videos and audio presentations on the Gold Dredge. You can pan for gold in the covered pavilion, browse Alaskan artifacts, art and jewelry.

Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake
Learn the art of gold panning. Then you will go to the Liarsville gold fields to find your own precious metal. Afterward enjoy a barbecue of wild Alaskan salmon, baked beans, chicken, baked chicken, cornbread, desert and more.


Skagway Alaska Town

Taking a fun Carriage Ride

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