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Skagway, Alaska

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Skagway is located in a narrow glaciated valley at the head of the Taiya Inlet, the north end of the Lynn Canal, which is the most northern fjord on the Inside Passage on the south coast of Alaska. It is in the Alaska panhandle 90 miles northwest of Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

Skagway, Alaska, incorporated on June 28, 1900, as the first first-class city in the Territory of Alaska. During the early 1900s Skagway was known as the "Gateway to the Klondike.  Skagway was re-incorporated in June 25, 2007 as a borough.

The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a big part of the business of Skagway.

The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, part of the area's mining past, is now in operation purely for the tourist trade and runs throughout the summer months.

Municipality of Skagway Website

Things to do and see

Historic wooden storefronts are perfectly preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, testimony to the 20,000 gold-seekers who braved the Chilkoot and White Pass trails in 1898.

A visit to Skagway is not complete without taking the tour on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, re-live the adventure of ascending the pass on a narrow gauge railroad, and view the pass as the gold seekers did from the comfort of your seat on the train.

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