Alaska - Day 7 - Skagway & the Klondike Highway
Our next stop was in Skagway. Downtown Skagway was very crowded because there were 4 cruise ships in port that day, but we got out of the downtown area for awhile by taking a tour up the Klondike Highway through the White Pass into Canada. Unfortunately, it was so foggy that we couldn’t actually see out the bus windows. We at least learned a lot about the Gold Rush and got to see some of the most inhospitable land I’ve ever seen. It’s such a rough area that the US Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint is 6 miles inside the border and Canada’s checkpoint is 12 miles on the other side of the border!
After we got back on the ship and had dinner we spent some time out on the helipad watching humpback whales and orcas swimming around the ship and breaching. We finished the night at the midnight dessert buffet.