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Skagway is located on the Alaska Panhandle in the southeastern part of the state. The population was 920 permanent residents in the 2010 census. Skagway is a popular tourist town, so the population doubles with summer workers that come to help serve the more than 900,000 visitors. A couple of reasons for the popularity: Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and it's home to the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, which operates as a tourist attraction in the summertime. Skagway is considered the "Gateway to the Yukon," with its' location at the top of the Inside Passage's Lynn Canal. Most visitors reach Skagway by cruise ship, and the city is also a ferry port for the Alaska Marine Highway. Commercial air service is available in nearby Juneau. The town is also known for the discovery of gold in the late 1800's, when the population grew to over 10,000. Many people came to visit the romantically rugged land - even poet Robert Service and author Jack London. The latter used Skagway as part of the setting for his book, The Call of the Wild. Things to do in town include visiting the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and guided tours through the historic district, with its' saloons, frontier hotels and boarding houses. Cruise lines often offer day excursions in Skagway for their passengers that include the White Pass Railroad, hiking, flight-seeing and more.

Surrounding areas: Haines, Alaska (16.1 mi)

Skagway Vacation Rentals

Skagway Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Wind Valley LodgeState St And 22ND AveSkagway, AK (907) 983-2236
Fort Seward LodgeHaines, AK16.1 mi.(907) 766-2009

Skagway Weather & Climate

The Southeastern Panhandle of Alaska has a humid continental climate, although it borders on being a subarctic climate. The moderating influence comes from the proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Winters are long and moist - cold, but not frigid. January highs are frequently above freezing. Spring, summer and autumn are cool to mild. Snowfall averages 84 inches and occurs mainly from November through March. Yearly rainfall varies, depending on location, but averages between 55 to 90 inches. Spring is the driest season and September and October are the wettest months. Some have described this region as "a cooler version of Seattle."

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 17°F 2.18 in. -
February 32°F 21°F 1.96 in. -
March 39°F 27°F 1.39 in. -
April 50°F 32°F 1.08 in. -
May 58°F 40°F 1.38 in. -
June 65°F 46°F 1.27 in. -
July 67°F 50°F 1.15 in. -
August 65°F 48°F 2.33 in. -
September 57°F 43°F 3.62 in. -
October 46°F 36°F 4.60 in. -
November 35°F 26°F 2.49 in. -
December 30°F 22°F 2.76 in. -

Skagway Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gustavus airport (GST) located about 72 miles south of Skagway in Gustavus, Alaska.

Skagway Attractions

Ski Areas
EaglecrestJuneauAK86.0 mi.
State Parks
Chilkat State ParkAK17.4 mi. 

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