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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  • This was on our 'must do' list, and we certainly enjoyed the views and appreciated the commentary. Just felt we would have liked to have seen more, others who went on a coach trip seemed to have had a...  more »
  • We loved the White Pass in the luxury car. Totally worth the extra bucks to have big comfortable chairs, food, an open bar and your own bathroom. Very scenic, a blast from the past, opulence from the ...  more »
  • What a fun trip! From Skagway White Pass train up to. Fantastic nature, only superlatives. To do well (at the time) when you're having a HAL cruise ship to sailing. There is plenty of room in the schedule to train without any worries. Recommended!
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  • A lovely way to spend time comfortably, and see the beauty of this area. Be seated on a warm clean train car. A guide will narrate what there is in view. A friendly and helpful group of guides are working on the train. Clean well run timely travel for a great experience consider this as a tour of choice. I have been on this tour twice and it was a high point for me.
  • One of the best shore excursions in Alaska. The scenic train ride through the beautiful trees and snow. The air was so fresh. Train was clean too.
  • Amazing trip on old narrow gauge. Wonderful views overall a great train experience. Expesive but well worth it.
  • This is a must do trip if you are visiting Skagway or Whitehorse in the Yukon as we were. We booked a trip in Whitehorse and a bus picked us up from our RV Park, drove us down to Fraser, BC where we met the White Pass & Yukon train.. The bus stopped at Emerald Lake and Carcross on the way down. The train ride itself is spectacular, particularly if you get lucky and have some clear weather...not always the case in this part of the country. There are amazing views and really interesting stories of the history of the stampeders treking over this route and the construction of the railroad which was a remarkable feat of engineering. We were on the regular diesel trains for our trip. Being train lovers we would love to go back and do the steam excurison.
  • There are good reasons for the fact that the White Pass & Yukon Route railway has been the top-selling excursion in Alaska for most of the last 120 years. I've ridden it over 30 times since 1990, and will hopefully ride it many more times. For any railfan, this is a world-class trip, and the longer you spend on it, the better. The vast majority of people just do the shortest excursion, to the White Pass Summit, but the train/bus combination from Skagway to Fraser and back is far better, and if you can, the views along Lake Bennett on the route to the end of the line at Carcross are stunning. Have a look at their other options, too, including the one that's powered by a steam locomotive, and the Campers' Excursion from Carcross to Bennett and back, which offers the chance for an in-depth look at the Klondike Gold Rush ghost town of Bennett.

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