I am loving revisiting all of our adventures from Alaska, but I’m taking things a bit out of order from our itinerary, because I want to save THE best for last, so you’ll just have to wait on that! But, don’t worry, today’s Alaskan cruise stop is indeed beautiful! The next port I want to share is Skagway, Alaska where we experienced a taste of the Klondike by train.
Skagway was one of my favorite stops on our Alaskan cruise. It offered bustling, yet quaint, streets, stunning scenery, and major history. We explored around the town before heading out on a grand adventure aboard the White Pass Scenic Railway. On top of that, I achieved a life-long goal.
Before I get into that, I’ll share about our time in Skagway. We started out at a leisurely pace, walking into town and exploring the beauty. We enjoyed popping in the White Pass Railway store and station, browsing historical trains and sights, and strolling the streets of Skagway. We saw saloons of the gold rush era, lodges made entirely of sticks, and so many more unique sights.
After browsing around, we reported for our ride aboard the White Pass Scenic Railway just outside of our ship (super convenient!). The train ride was both more and less than I expect, especially after the ULTIMATE adventure the day before (more on that in a few days). I’d expected to see lots of snow and wildlife. Wildlife is unpredictable and I didn’t do my full research on the train ride, so I’d set myself up for that disappointment. That is of fault to no one but me.
However, I wasn’t expecting to see such lush forests, rolling creeks, and learn such rich history. Our conductor and guides created a full experience for the ride explaining history of the area as our ride went along. Though the train ride was not what I expected, it was so much more! I highly recommend it for a leisurely excursion and to experience unparalleled views of Alaska. If you’re looking for a unique experience, this is it.
Now, before I close, I want to share about the fulfillment of my lifelong dream. When I was a kid, before the days of debit cards, cell phones, and GPS, my great-uncle set out on a grand adventure. With a paper map book in tow, he hopped on his Harley-Davidson, and rode from Texas to the Arctic Circle in Alaska. I can’t pinpoint exactly when my lust for travel began, but I’d like to think that my uncle & his ride to Alaska had something to do with it.
I didn’t quite make it to the Arctic Circle, but I did make it to a Harley-Davidson shop in Alaska. In all my travels, I always get me, my mom, and brother a Harley T-shirt when I can. The Alaska one will definitely be our most treasured.
No matter your means, destination, or season in life, I hope you find the courage to just get out and ride & explore, paper map or no map. I would love nothing more than to be a part of making that dream come true. If you are looking for your own Alaskan adventure, or other destination, I would love for you to contact me for a quote. See you tomorrow for our next stop!