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Skagway Travel Guide

Outdoor Activities and Guided Tours

Biking

Sockeye Cycle Company. Based in Haines, Sockeye also does business in Skagway during summer. The company specializes in guided bike tours, including a train–bike ride combo, and from April through September rents bikes. 381 5th Ave., Skagway, AK, 99840. 907/983–2851. www.cyclealaska.com.

Boating

Alaska Fjordlines. Passengers board a high-speed catamaran at 8 am and stop along the way to watch sea lions, humpbacks, and other marine mammals on this popular day tour from Skagway and Haines to Juneau and back. The boat gets to Juneau at 11 am, where a bus transports visitors into town and to Mendenhall Glacier, returning to the boat at 5:15 pm for the ride back to Skagway, where the boat returns at 8:15 pm. Call or check website for the schedule—up to six trips a week in the summer is common. Skagway, AK. 907/766–3395 or 800/320–0146. www.alaskafjordlines.com. $165 round-trip; $120 one-way.

Haines–Skagway Fast Ferry (Skagway Small Boat Harbor, past southern end of Congress Way, Skagway, AK, 99840. 907/766–2100 or 888/766–2103. www.hainesskagwayfastferry.com.)

Local Interest by Bus

Skagway Street Car Company. Revisit the gold-rush days in modern restorations of the bright-yellow 1920s sightseeing buses with Skagway Street Car Company. Costumed conductors lead these popular 90-minute tours, but advance reservations are recommended for independent travelers, since most seats are sold aboard cruise ships. Call a week ahead in peak season to reserve a space. 270 2nd Ave., Skagway, AK, 99840. 907/983–2908. www.skagwaystreetcar.com.

Outdoor Adventure

Alaska Excursions. Booking independently with Alaska Excursions, which leads wheeled (no snow) sled-dog tours, horseback-riding tours, and zipline adventures, can be difficult, as cruise-ship groups reserve the bulk of available slots. Plan well ahead to join these tours. 5th Ave., Skagway, AK, 99840. 907/983–4444. www.alaskaexcursions.com.

Packer Expeditions. This company offers guided hikes on wilderness trails not accessible by road. One trip includes a helicopter flight, a 2-mile hike toward the Laughton Glacier, and a one-hour ride back to town on the White Pass Railroad. A longer hike on the same trail uses the train for access in both directions and includes time hiking on the glacier. 4th Ave. and State St., Skagway, AK, 99840. 907/983–3005. www.packerexpeditions.com. Check with your cruise line or call for prices.

Temsco Helicopters. This company flies passengers to Denver Glacier for an hour of learning about mushing and riding on a dogsled. Guided tours of other area glaciers are also conducted. 901 Terminal Way, Skagway, AK, 99840. 907/983–2900 or 866/683–2900. www.temscoair.com. Check with your cruise line or call for prices.

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