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If you're happily hysterical about things historical, Skagway, Alaska is a town you've just gotta see. No fake frontier town, this. It's the genuine article - so genuine the city's historical district is part of the U.S. National Park Service Gold Rush National Historical Park. The park, in turn, is comprised of three units: in Skagway, in Seattle and the Chilkoot Trail between nearby Dyea and Lake Bennett in the Canadian Yukon. (The U.S. National Park Service and Parcs Canada jointly administer the authentic goldrush trail).

For good reason Skagway rates as one of Alaska's most popular port cities among cruisers sailing the Inside Passage. One of the most favored activities of a Skagway visit is the round-trip, mountain-hugging excursion aboard the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway from Skagway to White Pass summit and beyond.

In the city of Skagway itself, historical fun and fascination abounds - from the Skagway Museum which positively overflows with goldrush mementoes to con-man and outlaw "Soapy" Smith's Bar. Notable too: the Red Onion Saloon (with a former brothel upstairs). The bar (not the brothel) is a working establishment much favored by locals year-round as well as by summer visitors. The Days of '98 Show ("with Soapy Smith") in the Eagles Hall is something of an antiquity itself. It has delighted visitors for more than eight decades! Hungry for Alaska-caught salmon? Take in the Liarsville Gold Rush Camp & Salmon Bake outside of town for good grub, gold panning ("color" guaranteed), a delightful "mellerdrammer" and much more. If you're thirsty for locally brewed beers and ales visit the Skagway Brewing Company and sip some Klondike Gold, Prospector Pale, Chilkoot Trail IPA, Boom Town Brown, or more than a dozen other locally-brewed choices. More info about Skagway at

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