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 Colorful houses in Dawson city, Yukon

Dawson City, Yukon

Once the pulsing heart of the Klondike Gold Rush, Dawson City today is a cluster of wooden sidewalks and charming frontier-era shops on the banks of the Yukon river. There are plenty of reasons to take cruise tours to Dawson City, Yukon. Though gold rush lore is the main draw, it has a rich history well before the discovery of gold and subsequent stampede in 1896. The Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin or "people of the river" have frequented the area for thousands of years and there’s much heritage to learn and appreciate. The town was also a muse for literary legends, Robert Service and Jack London.

Present-day Dawson still has active gold mining and a thriving tourism and arts scene. Many adventurers stop in Dawson to stock up on supplies before heading to the ragged peaks of the Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park.

Not only can you step into the shoes of a prospector and pan for gold, Dawson City is likely the only place in the world where you can drink a cocktail with a real human toe plunked into it. Explore Dawson City, Yukon on Alaska Cruisetours.

Top 3 Things to do in Dawson City, Yukon

1 Klondike History Explore fascinating history at Dredge No. 4 and the Discovery Claim National Historic Site — the site of the first Klondike gold discovery in 1896.
2 Dawson Museum The Dawson City Museum brings alive rich tales of the past with collections, exhibits, a research library and more.
3 Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall Cruisetours to Dawson City are not complete without a stop at Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall, a cancan-meets-casino.

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