Skagway

Skagway is a town with a population of less than a thousand in south-eastern Alaska, the largest state in the United States of America. It is the northern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway System. It sprang up during the Yukon gold rush in the late 1800s, and now subsists almost entirely on tourism. The historical interest and natural beauty of the area make it a worthwhile place to visit.

Understand

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 30 34 39 49 57 62 64 63 56 48 37 33
Nightly lows (°F) 21 24 28 34 42 48 51 50 45 38 29 25
Precipitation (in) 2.4 1.4 2.1 1.2 0.9 1.2 1.1 2.1 4.3 4.1 2.8 3.4

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

The most common way to get to Skagway is by boat, whether cruise ship or Alaska Marine Highway ferry. It is also accessible by commuter flight from Juneau, and by car or via the Canadian South Klondike Highway.

Get around

The city is only a few blocks wide and a couple dozen blocks long, on level ground; walking works just fine. S.M.A.R.T. City Transit provides small buses around town and to and from the cruise ship docks. Bus fare for the short route that travels from the cruise ship docks to Broadway and 8th Street costs $2 per trip or $5 for an all-day pass. Buses run from May 1 - October 1, 7AM-9PM, 7 days a week. The fare for the bus route that goes from Broadway and 8th street along State Street to Jewel Gardens and Klondike Gold Fields is $5.

See

Skagway River

Start by stepping away from any buildings and turning 360 degrees for an impressive view of the nearby peaks that enclose Skagway.

Do

Buy

There is no shortage of shops along Skagway's main street (actually Broadway Street, one block from Main), offering an array of standard tourist souvenirs, native/local crafts and imported imitations, jewelry, and other goods. Here are a few:

Eat

A few restaurants and bars along the main street offering a variety of brews and cooking provide a pleasant alternative to - or break from - shopping and excursions.

Drink

Sleep

Hotels

Hostels

Bed and Breakfast

RV Parks

Connect

As of 2013, cellular users in Skagway and Haines have reported substantial network delays due to the load placed on existing infrastructure when passengers from multiple arriving cruise ships access the system simultaneously. An upgrade to 4G is planned but not yet implemented.

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