Skagway Alaska Downtown
Skagway Alaska Downtown
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  • PBPG
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom6,007 contributions
    Great place for a sroll
    Skagway is such a unique place, it still feels like it is right out of the cowboy films. The sidewalks and the buildings are wood, There are plenty of eating and drinking places around So many interesting buildings to look and indeed visit. It was very busy, I think there were four or five cruise ships in that day.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, Florida1,749 contributions
    cute for a short stop
    Cute little town where the ships stop. Prices are definitely a rip off, but everything in Alasksa is expensive. Local small grocery had 0.5 gal milk for $7 and small yogurt container for $1.70 - eat on the ship as its free. Walking around is nice for about 2-3 hours with some small museums and interesting statues. I would not consider visiting if not for a port stop, but it was nice to see. Main area is walking distance and houses seem to be on outskirts.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Jill D
    Saint Louis, Missouri182 contributions
    Great shopping
    There are tons a cute small shops to see here. I would have loved to buys lots of stuff, but was a little pricy. The fur store was great and got a real dwal at the fine jewelry store
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia44,507 contributions
    Lovely place
    Skagway is a small town and downtown is not very big either. A few streets and the place is full of specialty shops catering for the visiting tourists, mostly. Probably too many jewellery stores and plenty of gift shops. Some of the prices are a bit too expensive but there are items you can buy which are reasonably priced. It's a lovely place to visit and the locals are friendly.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
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Paul and Kim A
Toronto, Canada248 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We were in Whitehorse and a number of people told us to visit Skagway in Alaska, so we fueled up the car and drove over. The scenery on the drive was the best part. Skagway as a town clearly only exists as a cruise ship stop. The streets are full of cruise ship tourists on their leashed trips off boat. There are stores to take their money and restaurants to feed them something other than the ships buffet. It was vaguely depressing and had no feeling of authenticity at all. If you’re on a cruise that stops there, sure walk around. (Don’t for a minute believe anything is actually sale priced though.). But if you’re somewhere else in the North and deciding whether to drive over, we say skip it. The gold rush was, of course, a real thing but Skagway is a subpar would be Disnified version of it. If you can get to Dawson city, that might be worth it - we didn’t have the time - but don’t go to Skagway just because you can’t get to Dawson. The soup at the Fish Company was good at least.
Written September 25, 2022
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Lisa_in_TN
Nashville, TN88 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We took a tour of the town and enjoyed learning about the colorful history of the area as well as the overlook looking back at the cruise port.

We spent most of the time in town wondering around from shop to shop. There are lots of beautiful art galleries, places to buy furs, jewelry stores, souvenir shops and of course great places to eat!

It was a very relaxed day!
Written August 3, 2022
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,007 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Skagway is such a unique place, it still feels like it is right out of the cowboy films. The sidewalks and the buildings are wood, There are plenty of eating and drinking places around So many interesting buildings to look and indeed visit. It was very busy, I think there were four or five cruise ships in that day.
Written May 23, 2023
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Jill D
Saint Louis, MO182 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
There are tons a cute small shops to see here. I would have loved to buys lots of stuff, but was a little pricy. The fur store was great and got a real dwal at the fine jewelry store
Written October 21, 2023
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storckd
McKinney, TX18 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Arrived in Skagway and started walking down Main Street from our cruise ship. Observed several trinket type stores and happened upon The Loom. What a great store of handmade AK products - handbags, wallets, table runners, cowboy boots, and much more. Very high quality. A diamond in the rough!
Written June 5, 2014
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DilrukshiH
Colombo, Sri Lanka2,711 contributions
Sep 2019
Compared to most Down Towns in USA, Skagway Down Town is very small.It was nice to see the old world charm that had been preserved.
Hardly any vehicles on the roads & there were only 3 Police offices in the whole town, as told by a guide. Which is amazing.
Also rarely or to that matter, no crime is reported in this town.What a blessing.
A lovely place to walk around & do some shopping while enjoying the beauty of this place.
It would have been nicer to have stayed longer but time was restricted due to the fact we came on a cruise ship.
Lovely to take photographs, but the photos do not do justice to the real beauty.
Well worth a visit at least once in a life time.
Written January 22, 2020
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RoniTC
Houston, TX87 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
While doing back to back cruises, August 19-September 2 I had the opportunity to visit Skagway twice. I always enjoy Skagway.
I bought a grey hoodie sweatshirt with "Alaska". Written across the front the first cruise. I decided to wear the shirt while cruising the glaciers but when I went to put it on I noticed three hole on the back right shoulder. I placed the shirt back in the bag and decided to exchange the shirt the next cruise. When I went to exchange the shirt, the owner of the store refused to exchange the shirt and accused me of wearing the shirt and doing the damage. She said if she took the shirt back, she would have to make it down and "take a 50% hit" and she wasn't going to do that. This was a $15 dollar shirt meaning she would lose $7.50. She was loud and rude. I filed a complaint with the Visitors center on the suggestion of another Skagway store owner. I will never do business with Skagway Mining Co located on Second across from the Whitepass Yukon Railroad.
Written September 13, 2014
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Levitate Style
New York City, NY131 contributions
Aug 2019
Nice buildings along the main street - good vibes to walk around and enjoy the town. Mostly tourist shops with jewelry and souvenirs similar to other ports in Alaska. Casual way to spend some time before going on the train tour.
Written September 11, 2019
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BeataBallo
Anaheim, CA276 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This little town has a lot for the tourists. Everyone is so helpful and knows where everything is. All you need to do is ask. Folks are friendly and it reminds me of a scene in a movie where everyone knows everyone and they all help who needs help.

I really enjoyed Skagway. The air is clean and fresh. The stores are cute with lots of people walking in and out. Even the children's playground is adorable and set up like pine tree tops.

Public bathrooms were very clean and the buses are only a few dollars and run all the time. You can go on and off. Hardly any waiting time.

First thing we did is to take the local bus around a nice circle so we get a feel for the town. Then, we got on and off in front of the stores we wanted to see. The lady with the husky photo on her tip jar was super sweet and helpful. All the bus drivers were very kind.

There is even a local craft store around that is not advertised but worth going to.

Granny's Gallery on 272 State Street.
The owner is super sweet. The sign says to call her and she will open up. I called and within 30 seconds she was there. I think she lives upstairs. Darling shop with crafting stamps and painting supplies and so much more --- and she is super helpful. Ask the locals they will direct you. You won't find her otherwise :)

That store is not listed so it's a local little secret that is worth checking out.

Some shops are tour shops and They have tours that they offer and better prices than if you book with the cruise. Much better. We chose Skagway Tours and I am so glad we did. We just walked in and booked our tour. I reviewed them as well and gave 5 stars.

Again, ask the local shop keepers or the local bus drivers. They are very helpful.

Dress layered because weather changes fast. Take your cameras with plenty of memory cards because the scenery is beautiful. You can find many types of gifts the locals make and are not advertised on the ships. They pass the saving on to you.

I just loved this town and its ambiance. Good food and good shops and amazing tours it offered.
Written July 31, 2018
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH10,915 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
The Skagway Alaska Downtown is preserved as the Skagway Historic District and is pretty much as it was in 1898 with the names of businesses still on the buildings ~ Red Onion Saloon, Railroad Building, etc.

Visiting is a step back in time to the Victorian Era during the gold rush days.

We visited several units of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park for sightseeing and history as well as several stores for some shopping at Diamonds International and the Alaska Shirt Company.

Exploring the downtown should be a primary activity in Skagway.

We rate Skagway Alaska Downtown at 5.0.

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Written September 3, 2017
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