Skagway, very much like Dawson City, is a throwback to the days of yore. With its boardwalk-lined streets and colorful buildings, it welcomes visitors with a sense of whimsy and adventure.
Likewise, the Westmark Skagway welcomes its visitors with a sense of history. Its lobby and restaurant are filled with images from the gold rush days. It’s great to take a walk around the public spaces and see all the photos. The staff is friendly and accommodating, with many returning from years past. Though the hotel has already partially opened, it’s not quite high season yet so it’s one big session with the whole staff.
A highlight of Skagway is the White Pass and Yukon Railway. The railway was built for gold rushers to help make the trip to the Yukon easier. Rather than walk through the White Pass and use pack animals, the Rushers could take the train all the way to Whitehorse or depart at several stops along the way. The train is a major tourist attraction these days and will even pick up cruise ship guests directly on the dock! The train ride is a great way to see the amazing scenery up through the White Pass. Though the train doesn’t run all the way to White Pass regularly, it is possible to depart the train at various points to go hiking or connect to a motorcoach to Whitehorse.
The highlight of the trip for me is fast approaching—the flight to Juneau!
Anthony, a crew purser, is on a special assignment for Westmark Hotels, a Holland America Line company. Questions about Alaska, the Yukon or Westmark? E-mail Anthony at email@example.com.