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Recommended Port Adventures in Skagway, Alaska

Recommended Port Adventures in Skagway, Alaska

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Of the 55 excursions offered by Disney Cruise Line, here are our recommended port adventures for visitors to Skagway:

Low Budget: The cheapest excursions, as always, are the city tours - best budget tip? Save your money and tour the town on foot, on your own! The Yukon Suspension Bridge and Klondike Explorer bus tour (SW30, $69/$35 age 3–9, under age 3, no charge, 3–3.5 hours) gives you much of the scenery of the railway ride, at a much lower price. While we have misgivings, Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp and Salmon Bake Featuring Exclusive Disney Character Experience (SW36, $99/$59 ages 3–9, under age 3, no charge, 2.5–3 hours) has been rescued by Disney’s “plussing” of an otherwise mediocre tourist attraction.

Big Budget: Dog Sledding and Glacier Flightseeing (SW20, $608/$545 ages 2–9, age 5 and up recommended) hits all the high altitude notes. Dogs and sleds on snow rather than wheels, walking on a glacier, and a helicopter ride through amazing scenery. Sign us up! And at just 2–2.5 hours, think of all the money you can spend during the rest of the day on a second excursion and/or shopping in Skagway.

Nature: So many choices! We’re tempted to cruise down Lynn Canal to Haines, for any one of several excursions: Eagle Preserve Float Adventure and Lynn Fjord Cruise (SW43, $198, ages 7 and up), Eagle Preserve Wilderness River Adventure (SW41, $199/$127 ages 5–9, ages 5 and up) and Glacier Point Wilderness Safari (SW40, $245, ages 10 and up), since they include sea life, bald eagles, and a good bit of ice, in varying manners. Choose the one that best matches your interests. Each of these excursions lasts 6 to 6.5 hours.

Active: Laughton Glacier Wilderness Hike and Rail Adventure (SW05, $278, ages 9 and up, 9-9.5 hours) or Alpine Glacier Snowshoe Hike and Rail Adventure (SW08, $269, ages 9 and up, 8-8.5 hours). You get a taste of the railroad and a serious hike in a gorgeous location, wearing snowshoes when conditions dictate. Then again, bicycle fans may enjoy testing their brakes on the long, 15-mile downhill run included in the budget-priced Klondike Bicycle Tour (SW15, $116, ages 13 and up, 2.5–3 hours) or add the train ride with White Pass Train and Bike Tour (SW12, $217, ages 13 and up, 4–4.5 hours).

Armchair Travelers: Any ride on the White Pass & Yukon Railroad is worthy, but only some offer round-trips on the train. Others may bus you for half the trip, but include additional attractions.

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