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White Pass Summit & City Tour

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If you're looking for shorter Skagway tours that will leave you with time in the day for other things to do in Skagway, then you might be interested in the White Pass Summit & City Tour. Providing a great overview of the town, the history, and venturing up to the White Pass Summit at 3,292 feet to take in some scenery all combine to form this information packed mini-tour. You won't find anything like this Skagway shore excursion through the cruise lines as this is a strictly local offering narrated by local Skagway guides. Stops along the way include waterfalls, the alpine tundra of Tormented Valley, Summit Lake, the 'Welcome to Alaska' sign and the Gold Rush Cemetery. It's all the highlights of Skagway packed into a 2 ½ hour tour!

This is one of the most popular Skagway excursions with good reason. The 2.5 hour time frame gives you the opportunity to soak in some of Skagway's rugged history and surrounding scenery, but also gives you time back in Skagway for shopping or even another afternoon adventure such as ziplining or a husky dog ride. Unlike the cruise line tours that depart in 45-passenger buses, this tour is strictly local with between 13-32 passengers in a comfortable mini-coach with lots of window seating, which will come in handy for photographing waterfalls, glacier-formed lakes, and majestic Alaskan peaks.

Starting with a pick-up right at the cruise ship pier, you'll meet your guide for the day and board the mini-coach. The guides provide an excellent narrative about the background of Skagway and the history of the Klondike Gold Rush full of rogue characters and unruly outlaws. As the journey begins to climb up the White Pass summit, the narrative takes a backseat to the natural beauty you'll see on both sides of the Klondike Highway. This tour is our recommendation if you want to experience all of the highlights that attract visitors to Skagway but also leave some free time for other tours, shopping, hiking or just relaxing back in town.

What's Included

This trip includes a narrated ride by mini-bus up to the famous White Pass Summit. Your professional guide will provide a historic and ecological narrative while stopping along the way for breaks and photo opportunities. Stops include the Welcome to Alaska sign, Pitchfork Falls, Moore Bridge overlook, Skagway Scenic overlook, and the Gold Rush Cemetery (where outlaw Soapy Smith is buried). There are limited outhouse facilities along the way. This tour emphasizes the best of everything that has made Skagway famous.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of vehicles are used?
For this particular tour, comfortable custom mini-coaches are provided, with a 14-to-28 passenger capacity. All feature large touring windows, bucket seats and PA systems for the guide to communicate along the way.
Are there photo opportunities?
Yes! There are opportunities and pull-outs along the way to get off the bus and take pictures.
Will we see wildlife?
Of the various Skagway tours, the Yukon adventures have one of the strongest opportunities for wildlife viewing. Tours entering Yukon include a chance of encountering caribou, sheep, mountain goats, and sometimes even bears and moose. While your chances are good, we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.
Why are passports required?
This tour enters Canada and passports will be required to go through the Canadian customs post, as well as to re-enter the United States. Passports are required for all adults and children 16 or older. Children 15 and under should have an original or certified copy or birth certificate or a Passport. If one or both parents are not traveling with the child, a notarized letter of authorization from the absent parent(s) is also necessary to cross into Canada. Some nationalities may also require a Canada and/or USA Visa. (Single-entry is acceptable). Please bring all original documentation, no copies are allowed. If passengers show up for the tour without the proper ID, they will not be allowed to board. While we will attempt to accommodate passengers lacking identification, there is no guarantee that suitable arrangements can be made, and no refund will be given under these circumstances. Passengers with felonies, DUI, or criminal charges are not allowed entry into Canada.

Quick Facts


2h 45min

The minimum age for participants is 0 years old.

Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship’s schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees.




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