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“What a ride that was!”

White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
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Skagway Shore Excursion: Yukon Discovery Tour
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Skagway
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Experience the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, trestles & tunnels from the comfort of vintage train cars. Rail service between Skagway, Alaska, Fraser, BC, Carcross, Yukon, and Whitehorse, Yukon.
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Great staff on the RR and we were allowed to exit the car interior to take pictures as the train was moving. What an experience it was. I now have lots more respect for those hardy men and women that went up there over a hundred years ago. They were tough as shoe leather....much tougher than I am.

5  Thank jds754
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our travel agent recommended a trip on the White Pass and Yukon train. We were not sure what she had arranged, but it was the best choice. There are actually several trains that make the route, with different options for return trips. Most people get the train up, with a big bus back ... or a bus trip up and the train trip back. We took the train up, but it wasn't a big bus that brought us back. it was a 24-seater mini-bus and it was a great trip.

The train trip was pleasant, and we got to see lots of breath-taking scenery as well as the Trail of 98 where hundreds of gold rush hopefuls hiked a narrow trail.

Our driver (from Chilkoot Charters & Tours http://chilkootcharters.com/) was very knowledgeable about the area, having lived there for many years. He now lives in the sunny south during the winter, but loves to spend summers in SKagway. He took us to the train and made sure we understood the protocol for getting into Canada and coming back into the USA on the bus. Once on our trip down to Skagway, he stopped several times to share views of worthwhile scenery. He even took photos for us. I didn't see the big buses stopping for photos.

I told the driver that one of my relatives (a cousin) took the trail over Chilkoot Pass, and died six weeks later at Dawson. When we were at a certain point, he point out that the pass was six miles through the hills from where we were. Thanks for the extra info.

12  Thank hawaii5times
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We visited Skagway aboard the Celebrity Infinity and planned this excursion months in advance. The conductor told great historical stories as we climbed and climbed and climbed through the mountains. We rode the train to Canada and then came back to Skagway via motorcoach with other stops. I loved that you could go out on the car platforms and take photos, and our family bought the train's CD to have for future views. The CD includes even more history and photos about the historic train and what it meant back in gold mining days. We visited in September 2010 although I didn't have that date choice for this review.

7  Thank Pam S
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Great way to see the beauty of Alaska is to go by train up to the summit, the best views are on the right side of the train, they have you switch sides on the way back but the windows fog up and u cant really see much on the way down so grab that window seat on the way up, they offer free water but its best to grab a hot coco or coffee before you get on, sit near the middle of the train cars to avoid the smell of the fuel and the chill from the open window or other people going in and out the doors, dress warm and make sure your gloves are waterproof, i suggest a video camera because you will want to relive the beauty.

16  Thank tammytony
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I have wanted to do this trip for as long as I can remember and it did not dissapoint.

Towards the top the rail runs along side the original trail used by the gold seekers heading to the Yukon, the trail is still visible and reminds you of their hardships.

The train passes through tunnels over bridges and past waterfalls with magnificent views along the way.

3  Thank peterTownsville
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