Port Guide: Eating & Excursions in Skagway, Alaska

For most cruises, Skagway is the deepest into Alaska that your ship will sail… and you’ll feel it.

Sitting about 100 miles up the coast from Juneau, Skagway is a dot of a town sitting in a valley surrounded by mountains. Today, only about 1,000 people call the town home. Skagway was once a turn-of-the-century mining town. Today the economy is driven primarily by tourism, and it’s a popular stop for ships, which almost look out of place porting in such a small place.

The city itself offers a taste of an old frontier town. You’ll likely feel like you’re stepping back in time when you head down the main street, which definitely has a western feel.

While the city offers some cute shops catering to tourists and a couple of places to wet your whistle, most people use the city as a jumping off point to excursions into the mountains. Scenic railways offer numerous trips into the mountains to sightsee and explore deeper into the wilderness. Zip line excursions and gold-panning activities are also popular with cruise passengers.

Skagway excursion train

Since the city is so small, you aren’t far from anything. It’s only about a mile end-to-end. But that small size also means that you are limited in the things to do and see in the city itself. Skagway has about 30 restaurants, most of which are highly rated. Our advice? Unless you are headed on an excursion, just give yourself a few hours to wander around town and get a feel for what it might have been to be an original settler to this majestic area more than 100 years ago.

Things to do in Skagway

Stroll and sightsee along Broadway
Take in the charm of the frontier city and stretch your legs away from the ship.
Cost: Free

Take the Scenic White Pass Railway
Climb more than 3,000 feet aboard a historic railway to take in the sites.
Cost: $120 per person | http://wpyr.com/

Klondike Summit and Gold Panning
Get into the mountains and pan for your own gold.
Cost: $69 per person | http://www.alaskacoachtours.com/

Restaurants in Skagway

Skagway Brewing Company
Beer and bar food. Great place for a burger.
Cost: $20 per person | http://www.skagwaybrewing.com/

Red Onion Saloon
Former brothel turned into a saloon, serving pizza and sandwiches.
Cost: $20 per person | http://redonion1898.com/

Unexpected Thai food with rave reviews.
Cost: $20 per person | http://www.starfirealaska.com/