All Aboard! The White Pass Rail in Skagway

We were excited to board and begin our adventure through one of Alaska’s most spectacular experiences – the White Pass Rail in Skagway! This 2.5-2.75 hour train ride will take you on a journey through time, tracing the footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush miners and offering breathtaking views that seem straight out of a dream.

Since we were cruising and purchased our tickets through the cruise line, we were able to board dockside.  You board the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, an engineering marvel originally built during the Klondike Gold Rush era. As the train starts to chug along, you’ll leave the quaint town of Skagway behind and venture into the heart of raw, untouched wilderness. The panoramic windows of the vintage rail cars provide the perfect frame for the awe-inspiring Alaskan landscapes that lie ahead.

Throughout your ride, you’ll witness nature’s grandeur in its full glory. Here are some must-see highlights:
White Pass Summit:– Your journey reaches its zenith at White Pass Summit, standing at an elevation of 2,865 feet. Here, you’re treated to sweeping views of rugged mountains, deep valleys, and pristine glaciers. Don’t forget to have your camera ready!

Glaciers and Waterfalls:  The route is dotted with glaciers and cascading waterfalls, each more mesmerizing than the last. The Bridal Veil Falls is particularly captivating, named for its veil-like appearance as it cascades down the mountainside.

Historic Sites: As you meander along the tracks, you’ll pass by several relics of the Gold Rush era. Look out for old bridges, trestles, and even abandoned mining camps that tell tales of a bygone era.

Tunnels and Bridges:  The train crosses towering trestle bridges and tunnels hewn through solid rock. These engineering feats are a testament to the determination and ingenuity of those who built the railway over a century ago.

The White Pass Rail journey is designed for comfort. Plush seats, ample legroom, and onboard amenities ensure that you can sit back, relax, and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Restrooms are on the train and you are given a bottled water to enjoy during your ride.


Knowledgeable guides provide insightful commentary, enriching your journey with captivating stories and interesting facts about the region’s history and natural wonders.

Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and your camera!  You will want to dress in layers so you can step outside on the train platform from time to time.   They sell a couple of souvenirs on board but there is a wide selection in The Train Shoppe in town.

Mike and I enjoyed riding the train and taking in all the views.  We enjoyed learning more about this route and area, the flowers and trees along the route and what part it played in Alaska’s history.

Tara Waldrop loves traveling the world with her husband, Mike.  Exploring God’s handiwork is at the top of her list of things to do! As an avid reader if Tara isn’t off on an adventure, she probably is reading about one.  She owns Tailored Travel, a full-service travel agency with a team of agents ready to help you cross off the next destination on your list- including this beautiful place.  You can reach Tara at or by calling 423.7748523.