Situated on the Alaska Panhandle is the small city of Skagway, Alaska. Featured as one of the settings in Jack London’s book The Call of the Wild, Skagway has relatively much to offer in the way of history and charm despite its size. There are a number of options to choose from when visiting this area and its surroundings, including tours by bus, Jeep, and ATV as well as horseback riding trips and even a sled dog tour!
On the Skagway Summit and City Tour, the downtown area and Gold Rush Cemetery are highlighted as part of the fully narrated journey. Driving up the Klondike Highway, you will be surrounded by gorgeous cascading waterfalls and treated to amazing views overlooking the railroad route and other historical portions of the area. A history of the Gold Rush and visit to the grave of Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith – famed con artist and gangster during the late 1880s – round out the tour nicely.
Yukon Tours, which specializes in destination travel products in the Yukon, also offers a Yukon & Sled Dog Tour, which allows guests to be guided into the wilderness along the 1898 Gold Rush Trail in a dog sled. This tour departs from Skagway and gives a peek into the lives of Gold Rush stampeders. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to see several trails including the White Pass Trail of ’98 and the Fantail Trail, while also taking a look at Summit and Fraser Lakes and Carcross Desert. These are only a few of the places featured on this tour, which also includes an educational wildlife exhibit and barbecue chicken lunch.
Finally, the Yukon Jeep Stampede – also departing from Skagway – offers a private look at the Summit and the Yukon. You are in control as you cruise along the Klondike Highway and listen to stories told by your knowledgeable tour guide. Similar to the aforementioned tours, you will get a thorough schooling in the life and times of the Gold Rush, only this time you are literally in the driver’s seat.
For more info on how to book your own tour in the Yukon, visit www.YukonTours.net.