Skagway, Alaska, is Disneyland of the North With Rides and Everything

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skagway downtown alaska

The only thing I kind of regret about visiting Skagway is the fact we didn't shoot photos of the cartoon characters who work in the tourism industry. They are dressed to the period and to say they were way over-the-top with enthusiasm would be an understatement. It's like they were wound up to number 11. With rehearsed scripts that ran together at warp speed.

But this is the restored town, much like Old Sacramento except larger in scale and more people live there. There are about 900 year-round residents of Skagway, Alaska. When the cruise ships leave in September, many of the shops are boarded up.

I did not take a photo of Sarah Palin's childhood home (becuase we drove by it too quickly), which is located in Skagway, but trust me, you could NOT see Russia from her front steps.

skagway snowblower

No joke, this is just what it looks like -- a snowblower! Restored, of course. The town is very windy and, if you were wearing a hat that wasn't tied to your chin, it would blow away. Skagway is the last town reachable via the Inside Passage in Alaska, and is 15 miles from Canada.

white pass train to yukon

The White Pass Train takes visitors up to Canada and back down to Skagway. It was originally built in the late 1800s, during the Gold Rush, which, surprisingly, wasn't really a Gold Rush because by the time everybody got to Skagway to head up to the Yukon, all of the gold mine claims were gone. They were claimed within hours of discovery. Much like anything else today, by the time you hear about it, it's about over. Things haven't changed that much.

international falls alaska

Our bus driver stopped here at International Falls, where the river to the left flows to the United States and the river on the right goes into Canada. He was a real hoot, hailing from England, and they call him Cowboy Doug. Not only does Cowboy Doug drive a tour bus, but he also works at the library, runs a local radio show featuring country western music and makes furniture in his spare time during the winter months.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments (2)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Elizabeth, I so want to go back to Alaska! Your photos are bringing up so many memories. 

Sep 08, 2013 10:00 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

My wife on that train would have  stroke.  She can ride in planes just fine but beyond that heights are not her thing. 

Sep 08, 2013 09:12 PM