Skagway, Alaska audio tour: Gold Rush Boomtown: A Walking Tour of Skagway

Gold Rush Boomtown: A Walking Tour of Skagway

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Strike out for gold on a journey back to the rough and seductive roots of the Klondike Gold Rush’s most famous boomtown. This tour will take you from the docks of present-day Skagway to the historic businesses and buildings that comprise this National Park town.

We’ll travel back in time to experience Skagway in its heyday when there were wooden boardwalks, ladies of the night calling from windows and gunslingers sidling up to the local bar. You’ll hear stories of the foolhardy stampeders, industrious native guides, quick-thinking ladies, wild west mobsters and desperate entrepreneurs who gave this stretch of Alaska’s coastits living legacy. After the tour, you’ll know a lot more about this quirky frontier town that gets up to one million visitors each summer.

The highlights include:

• Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
• Broadway Street which is the busiest section of Skagway’s downtown
• Locomotives that hauled thousands of stampeders closer to the goldfields
• Houses of Negotiable Affection
• A gold rush ghost town
• The famed Chilkoot Trail

This tour is a must for any curious mind looking to discover Skagway’s close connection to the land and entrepreneurial spirit. Join me on an insider’s guide to the Gateway to the Klondike.

Tour Producer

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Alaska Mountain Guides

The Premiere Shore Excursion Tour Operators in Skagway and Haines. Locally owned and operated for over 30 years. We offer over 25 incredible tours and adventures in Skagway and Haines. From an active strenuous hike to the top of a mountain, to a gentle float trip through the Bald Eagle Preserve, we have a tour for everyone. Delve into a cultural exploration of the native Tlingit people or enjoy an ATV adventure into the wilds of Alaska. Whether Zip-lining through the treetops of the Alaskan rainforest, kayaking amongst bears, eagles and salmon in a serene wilderness setting, or canoeing on an aquamarine alpine lake at White Pass; you’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

Major Landmarks

  • Port of Skagway

  • Skookum Jim statue

  • Arctic Brotherhood Hall

  • Golden North Hotel

  • Broadway Street

  • William Moore Homestead

  • Skagway Museum

  • City Hall

  • Skagway First Presbyterian Church

Directions to Starting Point

This walking tour start at the Railway dock in the port of Skagway. If you arrive in any if the other docks, we invite you to head towards Broadway Street, where you can join the tour. Walk to the wood building with the sign "Tours Sold Here", it is the first building on your left once you left the pier. Walk a feet steps to the side of the building so you can see the mountain view. This is where we begin!

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center
The Moore Homestead
Once you have finished the tour, you can stop at the Skagway Brewing Company or the Klondike Brewing Company to try a local favourite: Spruce Tip Beer.

Best time of day

Anytime but ideally during daylight hours.

Precautions

Please mind your bearings when walking down Broadway Street. It can be crowded with tourist and traffic can be substantial.

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