Skagway, with a population of around 1,000, is located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska, 103 air miles north of Juneau and 110 road miles south of Whitehorse, Yukon.
The streets of historical downtown Skagway are lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings, looking much as they did 100 years ago.Skagway was the gateway to the Klondike Gold Rush during the days of '98, and continues to hold on to its boom-town roots today. It is the traditional home of the Chilkoot and Chilkat people, who called the place “Skagua,” meaning “windy place.” They hunted and fished in the area for centuries, developing trading routes with the inland First Nations. These trading routes proved useful for early prospectors, and after gold was discovered near Bonanza Creek in 1896, these routes expanded and modified to accommodate the hundreds of prospectors who took off to the Klondike through the Chilkoot Pass.South Klondike Highway. The highway is open year-round and connects Skagway to the Yukon. Skagway is also served by scheduled and charter air services from Whitehorse, Juneau and Haines. Many hundreds of visitors also arrive to Skagway each year via cruise ship.