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Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

Skagway, AK
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Ranked #5 of 18 Attractions in Skagway
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Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, State Parks, National Parks
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Visitors can return to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898 by touring 15 restored buildings within the historic district.
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Oklahoma
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There are several places to see in this park, all are free. There is a small museum in the visitor center that also used to be the old depot for the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, several historic buildings (some of which house businesses or personal residences) and the Chilkoot Trail in Dyea. The museum tells the story of... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Skip the high-priced tours. When you disembark from your cruise ship in Skagway, walk straight to the National Park office, which is the first down-town building on the right as you approach from the docks. Then, sign-up for a FREE tour of Skagway (your tax-dollars prepaid this tour for you). The national park's interpretive center in Skagway is not that... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We took the free tour offered from the visitor center. It's a nice way to see the town and learn its history. We also went to a few places that it seems most visitors were missing. They happened to be interesting -- and free!

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Fremont, California
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956 attraction reviews
918 helpful votes 918 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We enjoyed walking through Skagway and the various Gold Rush museums. We also watched the movies that was in the visitor center building of the park. Some of our highlights we liked included: 1) The restoration of the mascot saloon 2) The various historic buildings - they have plaques on the houses and let you know a bit about the... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

When your cruise ship is stopping in Skagway, definitely make your way to the visitors center and sign up for a free downtown walking tour. Our park ranger (Olive!!) was such a delight - she clearly enjoyed giving tours and was very animated in her story telling which made it that much better. I would still recommend doing an excursion... More

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Boonville, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

If you go, take the free downtown walking tour. Takes an hour. We had 2 friends that had been here several times, had not heard some of the stories before. A great no cost thing to do on a cruise.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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60 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Movie about goldrush was good and enjoyed this. Rangers were nice but gift shop attendant was rude and acted like it was a chore to tear away from the book she was reading to ring up our purchase.....gave you a sour taste...

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Philadelphia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The Park Service has done a great job restoring some of the historic buildings in Skagway, and the free walking tours are very interesting (shout out to our favorite guide, Olive!). Do not miss this, even if you are a compulsive shopper!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Run by the National Park Service, it has a number of buildings restored to the time of the Yukon gold rush when Scagway hit its prime. Some of the buildings are rented to private vendors, so you have a plethora of touristy businesses. The Visitors Center is good though, and has displays and short movies about the Gold Rush era.

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Yes, there is one in the town center and the Park Service tells the story of the gold rush period. See the video to begin with and then take a guide tour, If you have time. But,so much shopping and so little time.

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