Ok --- I am still toggling back and forth between the full white pass railway excursion or the combo where you go up to white pass and then back down by coach to liarsville and pan for gold, etc. Mainly because I want to continue to DO something and not fall asleep on the way back -- but if I do this....going up from the beginning, which side of the train do you sit on for the best view and pictures? Its pretty much the same going up as it is coming down, I would imagine. ?? Still undecided as I already have the excursion booked, but I can always change it to the combo I think. Maybe I'll just take the train and come back and walk around skagway? Oh.........such decisions!!
Karen -- no there isn't on the site (carnival). They have a round trip WP/YR then they have one with the WP, coach and Liarsville, then one with the WP and hike, and last, the WP and bike tour. I don't think any of these actually go up into the Yukon (am I saying that right?). It turns around at the white pass summit. Thats why I thought it would be the same going down, as going up and would just take on a little 'extra' to see more????? I can't do the hike thing (its a little over 5 miles) or the bike thing (knees to bad). They also have a coach only up to WP where you bypass the train all together. I MIGHT be able to do the hike thing -- but would rather not. Thanks.....only 61 days left!
I got back from Alaska a week or so ago, and we did the White Pass Railway.
At the summit, the engine switches from the front of the train to the original back of the train, and the conductor asks everyone to switch to the opposite side of the train. So, unless you happened to have a completely empty row (somewhat unlikely), you will not be looking at the same view coming back (for instance, valley view on the way up, steep rock view on the way down).
So, yes, sit on the left side going out, so you can see all the sights that the narration is describing.
I just did this excursion, and as the comment above states, you get to switch seats and sides and see everything on the way back that you missed. I felt it was kind of long but it was beautiful!! Really very beautiful. The people we were cruising with did the combo with the bus tour up into Canada and they absolutely loved it. It sounds like they had a better time than we did. It was about six hours long for them with the bus tour included but worth it.