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Old April 23rd, 2003, 12:57 PM
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I have been looking into taking the Scenic White Pass tour...and I am getting mixed reviews on which is better...taking the more usual White Pass Train, or taking the smaller, more intimate bus tour. Can anyone recommend which of these is better? I have been told that you're not stuck to the strict schedule on the bus tour as you are with the train...and the guides are able to give you a more intimate experience because of the fewer people on board a bus. Any advice?

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Old April 23rd, 2003, 02:20 PM
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The narration on the train was a bit dry, but the scenery is lovely, probably better than you could get on the bus. I haven't taken the bus to White Pass but other tour busses in AK were a blast, very fun tour guides.

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Old April 24th, 2003, 08:56 AM
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You are on a schedule no matter what you choose. If you are interested in scenery- superior from the train at the summit, history and engineering - take the train. Another option may be the rail/bus combos?
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Old April 24th, 2003, 12:44 PM
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Thank you for the advice...I think I'll stick with the train.
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Hi Karen,
Do you know the name of any company that does a rail/bus combo in Skagway? This sounds like the best way to go for us.
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Old April 25th, 2003, 08:51 PM
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I did it both ways. I thought it was just okay both ways. This was my least favorite excursion in Alaska.
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Old April 25th, 2003, 09:43 PM
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Request the Skagway visitor guide- I believe they are listed in there??? www.skagway.org head over to the cruise critic board- there is a resident from Carcross that is very informative about local operators.
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Old April 26th, 2003, 01:06 AM
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NCL has a train/bus combo that I plan on taking. It's their Excursion code # SGY-057. You take the train up and ride the motorcoach back down with a stop at Gold Rush Trail Camp (among other places.)

I've heard from a number of people, including the Skagway Vistor's Center that this is one of the best tours in Skagway.

If you prefer to book direct, make sure it's well in advance. And I think the name of the company is simply, "White Pass & Yukon Route Railway". More information is available on their web page at: www.whitepassrailroad.com.

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Old April 26th, 2003, 09:45 AM
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Most important if only going one way is to sit on the side with the views!!!!!! Which means- on the left if getting on in Skagway (facing the engine) or on the Right if getting on in Fraiser.
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