A sightseeing tour with a rafting component, the Scenic River Float Tour provides an excellent opportunity to learn about Skagway and the surrounding area through a slightly different perspective than the various bus-based Skagway tours. There's something about getting on the water and experiencing the surrounding natural beauty first-hand that leaves a lasting impression. The Scenic River Float is not one of those 'hold on for dear life' types of rafting trips, but rather a mellow float tour that allows you to photograph nesting eagles, observe the surrounding glaciated peaks and soak in the informative commentary from your guide, which touches on the interesting history of the area, deriving its roots from the Klondike Gold Rush. With glimpses of the Chilkoot Trail and lost town of Dyea, this Taiya River trip focuses on all of the Skagway highlights like most Skagway tours, though from a natural outdoor setting with a small group.
Starting with a scenic 10-mile drive out to the historic town of Dyea, the day begins as your guide narrates the short bus ride which cruises along the northern tip of the Taiya Inlet. It's not uncommon to see eagles and even seals along the journey, and you'll actually pass right by the start of the Chilkoot Trail, which was the notoriously arduous path taken by thousands of prospectors a century ago in hopes of striking it rich in Yukon's interior. Climb aboard the sturdy river raft for a peaceful float down the Taiya River, which is fed by high-mountain glacial streams. Depending on the time of year, bald eagles can be prominent and the surrounding views resonate Alaska's natural outdoor beauty. Enjoy a riverside snack after the float before heading back in to Skagway, where you will still have plenty of time to explore the town or even join another tour.