Skagway, Alaska, US
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad: A Luxury Travel Experience
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Approximately 2¾ Hours
Experience the dramatic beauty of Southeast Alaska while traveling aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad's premier luxury parlor car.
The White Pass Legacy Club is the ideal way to relish this historic narrow-gauge rail adventure. As you ascend from sea to summit, revel in a superior level of comfort in custom-made leather seating. Enjoy all-inclusive beverages and regionally sourced appetizers while sharing the unforgettable and exclusive experience with your travel companions. Round out this first-class excursion with a private guide who will highlight all the scenic viewpoints while sharing the incredible story of the construction of the railroad.
The White Pass & Yukon Route itself is unlike any other railroad. Against all odds, the iron trail was carved through some of the North's most rugged terrain in 1898. Built during the Klondike Gold Rush, this engineering wonder is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark -- an honor shared with the Eiffel Tower, the Panama Canal and the Statue of Liberty. Considered an impossible feat, the railway was completed in 26 months by blasting through the mountains with 450 tons of explosives. The 110-mile railroad was officially completed when a final golden spike was hammered into place on July 29, 1900 in Carcross, Yukon.
Your exclusive luxury car, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive, climbs nearly 3,000 feet over 20 miles of steep grades and around cliff-hanging turns. You will retrace the original route to the White Pass summit, passing Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point and Dead Horse Gulch. Take in the breathtaking panorama of mountains, glaciers, gorges, waterfalls, tunnels, trestles and historic sites from your large, picture windows and comfortable custom seating. As you travel, your private guide will serve refreshments, and recount the fascinating tales of Gold Rush history. You'll even see the original Klondike Trail of '98 worn into the rocks -- a permanent tribute to the thousands of souls who passed this way in search of fortune.
At the completion of your excursion, convenient dockside service returns you directly to the ship.
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Minimum age is 21 years.