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Old January 19th, 2009, 11:07 AM
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We were in Skagway on a cruise about 8 or 9 years ago and took the train trip. The terrain was very similar to where we live........so the train trip was not that exciting and at times very boring. We also went to the goldrush camp and it was just way too touristy for us.

Does anybody have a suggestion? Is it possible to rent a car and go on a driving adventure? Or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. So far Skagway was our least favorite port on the Alaska cruises we have taken.

We would love to change our opinions of this port.
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We were in Skagway on a cruise about 8 or 9 years ago and took the train trip. The terrain was very similar to where we live........so the train trip was not that exciting and at times very boring. We also went to the goldrush camp and it was just way too touristy for us.

Does anybody have a suggestion? Is it possible to rent a car and go on a driving adventure? Or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. So far Skagway was our least favorite port on the Alaska cruises we have taken.

We would love to change our opinions of this port.
Hi Chuck:

Yes, there is an AVIS car rental in Skagway. I would recommend driving up to Emerald Lake. It is a beautiful drive and right on the way, just outside of Skagway at the railroad, there is a historic grave yard from the Wild West days in Alaska. The rental cost while pricey at about $100, is still more than half of what the charge is for the train. If you are interested I would advise reserving a car soon, as they do tend to sell out.

Hope this helps.
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Lots of people rent cars at Skagway and head north into BC and the Yukon. While Emerald Lake is the usual turnaround point, it's possible to go much further. You can see what the drive looks like in the South Klondike Highway photo album at http://www.explorenorth.com/library/...e-photos1.html
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We did the dog sled tour in Skagway and we really enjoyed it. Here is a video.
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We were in Skagway on a cruise about 8 or 9 years ago and took the train trip. The terrain was very similar to where we live........so the train trip was not that exciting and at times very boring. We also went to the goldrush camp and it was just way too touristy for us.

Does anybody have a suggestion? Is it possible to rent a car and go on a driving adventure? Or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. So far Skagway was our least favorite port on the Alaska cruises we have taken.

We would love to change our opinions of this port.
Hmmm...

>> "The Days of '98 Revue Starring Soapy Smith" at the Eagles' Hall is very good. Some of the shore excursions that tour the city do include this play.

>> The shore excursion called Ghosts and Goodtime Girls Walking Tour is a very interesting stroll though Skagway's back alleys and the dark side of the town's historical past.

And if you read the descriptions of the shore excursions, you might find another one that captures your interests.

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Lots of people rent cars at Skagway and head north into BC and the Yukon. While Emerald Lake is the usual turnaround point, it's possible to go much further. You can see what the drive looks like in the South Klondike Highway photo album at http://www.explorenorth.com/library/...e-photos1.html
Yukon,

You are correct and we have been to Whitehorse and driven just a ways down the Klondike highway. Also, don't miss the smallest desert in the world on the way to Emerald Lake.

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Thanks to all of you. We did rent a car through Avis. It's a full size car for $113. That's a high price but probably not expensive when compared to excursions. And this gives us a lot of freedom and plenty of time to plan our driving trip and perhaps a picnic along the way.

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Jewel Gardens is also a nice stop.
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Lots of people rent cars at Skagway and head north into BC and the Yukon. While Emerald Lake is the usual turnaround point, it's possible to go much further. You can see what the drive looks like in the South Klondike Highway photo album at http://www.explorenorth.com/library/...e-photos1.html
Yukon,

You are correct and we have been to Whitehorse and driven just a ways down the Klondike highway. Also, don't miss the smallest desert in the world on the way to Emerald Lake.

Debra
For clairfication the route from Skagway to The Alaska Highway- 99 miles is the South Klondike Highway. But the scenery greatly drops off past Emerald Lake, and may not be worthwhile to go farther. NECESSARY in my opinion is the wonderful Road guide written by Murray- will greatly enhance your trip. www.murraysguide.com
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