White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

June 24, 2014 No Comments

The White Pass & Yukon Route Railway is Skagway’s most popular attraction and rightfully so. It was built in 1898—against all odds—up and over the jagged mountainside between Skagway and the Canadian Klondike. Despite harsh weather conditions and challenging geography, the engineering feat was constructed in less than two years.

No longer a miner’s form of transportation, today the narrow-gauge railroad serves half a million riders every year. Board the train and relax in a vintage passenger coach as the Scenic Railway of the World winds around cliff-hanging turns on sky-high trestles over remote valleys. At the White Pass Summit, 2,865 feet above sea level, dramatic panoramas of glaciers, cliffs, gorges, and waterfalls will take your breath away.

You can opt to return to Skagway by motor coach along the Klondike Highway. Guided hikes and biking trips through the temperate rainforest of the Coast Mountains are other sensational ways to surround yourself by the grand scenery.

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