Joan Anderson Travel Service



Historic Gold Rush Scenic Drive

Take this wonderful opportunity on a brief but comprehensive tour to experience what everyday life is like in Skagway and marvel at the panoramic, scenic beauty that surrounds it as you discover where the historic Gold Rush all began.

Historic Gold Rush Scenic Drive

Skagway, a town of about 900 permanent residents tucked away in the Alaskan Wilderness, rarely disappoints visitors. A seven block corridor along Broadway Street features historic false front shops and restaurants, wooden sidewalks, locals in period costumes, and restored buildings, many of which are part of the National Park Service-managed Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Beginning in 1897, Skagway and the nearby ghost town of Dyea was the starting place for more than 40,000 gold rush stampeders who headed to the Yukon primarily by way of the Chilkoot Trail.

Your journey begins at the pier where you will meet your knowledgeable, local friendly guide. Your small, intimate group of no more than 12 guests will board a comfortable van and begin a drive through Skagway's historic district and residential district en route to the backcountry and the gold rush era town of Dyea.

While in Skagway, you'll hear colorful tales about Skagway's time as a gold rush boomtown as your guide points out some of its historic buildings. Driving through Skagway's residential district you will learn many interesting facts about this wonderful town. Where do we put all the seasonal workers in such a small town? Where do local kids go to school? Is there really no doctor in Skagway?

Once out of town, continue your journey and drive over a mountain road to what was once the gold rush city of Dyea. Along the way stop at the Naku Bay overlook and peer down the inside passage, North America's longest and deepest fjord.

Next up is the trailhead and beginning of the Chilkoot Trail. This world famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush over 100 years ago. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals, and wildflowers. Here, your guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore.

Your journey continues as you make your way to the abandoned gold rush town of Dyea. The spruce and hemlock trees grow along what were once the streets of a bustling town full of stampeders seeking fortune.

Before returning to Skagway you will be provided with more great photo opportunities at the Taiya River overlook and a fantastic view of Skagway from above at the Skagway Overlook.

Please Note: There are comfort stops at Chilkoot Trailhead, Dyea, and the Skagway Overlook.

Starting At
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
2 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, casual clothing that is weather-appropriate and comfortable walking shoes.
Guests must be able to get in and out of the transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Children ages 2 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking.
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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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