White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, Skagway

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Hop aboard White Pass & Yukon Route Railway to relive a historical journey and admire northwestern scenery. To accommodate the Klondike gold rush, tens of thousands of men built this narrow-gauge railway in 1898. Informative commentary spaced throughout the trip reveals more about the history of the railway. From your vintage parlor car, take in breathtaking sights, including mountains, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls. Be aware that the train ascends almost 3,000 ft (914 m) in just 20 miles. Services run between Skagway, Alaska; Fraser, British Columbia; Carcross, Yukon (Territory); and Whitehorse, Yukon (Territory). For White Pass & Yukon Route Railway and beyond, use our Skagway trip planner to get the most from your Skagway vacation.
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  • Excursion booked online with more than 5 months in advance, on Celebrity Cruise Alaska from Seattle. We were also very lucky then we could admire the spectacle of nature meteorologically in 360 degrees! The excursion is carried out on the old railway line and kept all its charm. The carriages are wooden but cozy and comfortable, you can also go on the small vineyard pergoletto (connection between the wagons). The scenery is visible from both sides of the carriages, much better from the left side (uphill) because in some places it is possible to see the precipice where the railway runs. Is certainly an excursion it deserves. Very punctual and very friendly and helpful staff! Priceless natural spectacle!
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  • Terrific experience. Our guide, Devious Drew, was informative, friendly, and very entertaining -telling stories, reciting poetry, singing beautifully, and performing magic. Our tour package included p...  more »
  • This scenic train ride is one of the must sees when in Skagway. You will learn the history of the Yukon Gold Rush and see the path where people searching for gold went through. Be sure to bring snacks...  more »
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  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience. Views are absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. The train went much higher than I expected. The narrator was entertaining and so informative. You can step into the open rails between cars for better photos. If you are visiting on a cruise, book the excursion early! Fun fact: the powerlines on the wooden poles along the railway were taken down because the local moose kept getting their antlers stuck in them
  • If you love to travel and see the best sights, take this tour because it is not one you will forget. The knowledgeable guides point out all of the need to see sights and actual paths the gold miners tool that are still visible to this day. Be on the lookout for moose, bears, eagles and mountain goats....and maybe a surprise or two! Definitely recommend
  • We were there in early September. The trip took about 3 hours. The train ride was excellent and the scenery beautiful. The narrated train trip was great- they talk about the trail of 98 (photo) that the miners took and the history of the train. Two things to improve on. First, some views are there for (literally) a second. They will tell you that there is a waterfall coming on the mountain side and then, poof, it's past. They could slow down a bit in the 3 areas where they know that visibility is short lived. Second, there is NO food at the top (Fraser, Canada). Finally, if you take the bus, ask how many stops they will make. We stopped at the entrance back to Alaska and at Pitchfork falls (see photo). Other buses made other stops. Our tour (bus) guide was annoying in that he seemed to think he was God's gift to women. I am glad that I know other men from Argentina and they are not like him.
  • We took the tour with our companions from Adventure Caravan. We had a car to ourselves and enjoyed the spectacular scenery and running commentary over the speaker system. The young lady providing the information had a high voice and spoke rapidly making it challenging for us seniors to hear everything she had to share. We did have access to another staff who was eager to answer our questions throughout the trip. Overall, we were delighted with the experience and confident that the young lady would accept our constructive feedback to the benefit of future passengers.
  • An amazing experience all around. The trip itself is amazing. No steam this year, but I knew that going in. The sights along the route are incredible. Be aware if you have any fear of heights, there are some dramatic drop offs along the way. The train staff is really nice, friendly, and helpful.
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