White Pass Train and Biking in Skagway: Alaska Cruise Excursion

I’m catching up on posts this week that I wanted to write a while ago, but never got around to. Here’s another related to our Alaska cruise.

If you’ve ever been on a cruise, like our Ryndam Holland America Inside Passage Cruise, you know that there are countless cruise excursion options for each stop and they all cost a fortune. After scouring the excursion offerings for Alaska, we decided on the White Pass Train and Bike excursion as the one cruise excursion we would take.

Some of the other Alaska cruise excursions that we considered were whale watching and glacier trekking. Whale watching sounded appealing, but we could do that elsewhere. And we were very torn about taking a helicopter ride and glacier trekking excursion — but decided that the $400+ per person was too much money. So the only excursion we took was the White Pass Train and Biking excursion.

The White Pass and Yukon Railroad was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. It’s a narrow gage train now serves tourists with gorgeous views and a history of Skagway, Alaska.

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We took the train one-way and from there continued on our biking excursion.

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We weren’t sure what to expect from the biking excursion. But it was pretty much entirely down hill. There were several stops for scenic outlooks. We stopped at one point to see the White Pass Train go back down to Skagway

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and stopped again for freshly melted glacier water. (The water was incredibly refreshing.)

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If you’re looking for an Alaska cruise excursion that is a little less touristy than some of the bus tours, I would recommend seeing if your cruise ship offers a White Pass Train and Biking excursion.

Comments

  1. By on

    I remember Skagway and White Pass from a trip way back in the 70′s. Each rail car was named for a lake in Alaska. The bike trip add-on would be great! My youngest really wants to do an Alaska adventure. I’ll keep this in mind for “someday”.

  2. By Joe Frampton on

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks for the blog… I am also on the Ryndam (18 Sep) and doing this tour too. Looks good… I will probably be the youngest person on this cruise (even at 39!) and wanted to escape the salmon bake and lumberjack show crowd, even if for a couple of hours!

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