Skagway is a small town with a population of 860 in winter and over twice that in summer. These numbers are dwarfed by the 900,000 visitors – most of them cruise ship passengers – who arrive during the short summer season.
Popular excursions include riding the White Pass Yukon Railway up the pass and into Canada or taking a Skagway street car tour of town in vehicles that were the original touring cars in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
The town is easy to walk around and the ships dock no more than a ten minute walk from downtown. If you are lucky enough to have your ship moored at the Railroad Dock, you will have a chance to see the “Ship Registry” painted on the cliff face immediately beside your ship. It is a long standing tradition that a ship’s name is painted on the rocks during its maiden visit to Skagway. While no one knows exactly when this tradition started, there are ship names with dates back to 1917.
A good town to walk in and a great place to ride in antique cars and trains. Mind the wind though, it can be chilly!