While on an Alaskan Cruise at the end of the cruise season, we booked the White Pass/Yukon Train Excursion. This cruise was a 50th wedding anniversary gift to my parents and the White Pass/Yukon train was among their favorite experiences – ours too!
This half-day adventure runs out of Skagway, Alaska and runs to Yukon, Canada.
The untouched vistas we saw while on this excursion were something that could never be seen otherwise.
The construction of this narrow-gauge railroad started in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, and remnant buildings, signs, and notes painted on the rocks can be seen along the way.
The tour guides provided narrated history as well as hi-lighting nature’s beauties along the way.
We rode in a comfortable, vintage parlor car, complete with drinks and snacks. I spent most of my time on the outdoor observation deck, snapping photos and taking it all in with the clean Alaskan air. We were near to and above the tree tops for most of the journey.
Once we reached the end of the journey, the engine was switched (to what was the back of the train), to bring us back to Skagway. Both ways, we saw the other train across the canyon, either en route or returning.
We’ve done several train trips in our travels. This one was among our faves and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling in the area.
“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.”
― Anna Funder,