Photos of Skagway, Alaska aboard the Norwegian Pearl

The second port city on our Norwegian Cruise Line Alaskan adventure was Skagway. I found Skagway to be much more inviting than our previous stop in Juneau. While the main street was still very touristy the shops at least all looked different on the outside. The boardwalk lined streets made for a nice stroll. Our ship, The Norwegian Pearl, docked at one end of town and it was a quick walk to the shopping district.

The Norwegian Pearl docked in Skagway, AK

Skagway, Alaska by boat, train, bus

Skagway, Alaska

Boardwalk in Skagway, Alaska

We took a short, early morning, bus ride aboard Skagway's Original Street Car to get a little history of the city. (Did you catch the short bus reference?) This 90 minute ride on a custom built sightseeing bus gives you a good view of the surrounding area. The bright yellow buses were actually scratch built by Boyd Coddington's shop to resemble 1927 era vehicles. Our costumed tour guide, Shawna, was extremely entertaining and she was able to provide stories of modern life in Skagway as well. The excursion included a trip past the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway shops to Gold Rush Cemetery and then to Skagway Overlook.

Shawna hams it up for the Skagway Original Street Car

View from near Skagway Overlook

Skagway Original Street Car stopped at Skagway Overlook

Skagway Original Street Car

View from near Skagway Overlook

The main activity of Skagway these days is the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This tourist railway starts right next to the cruise ship docks. The green and yellow diesels run up the mountain for about a 3 hour excursion. If you are lucky enough to be in port on a Monday you might be able to ride the steam engine. Sadly, it is the only day it runs.

White Pass and Yukon Route Sign

Skagway, Alaska

While wandering around town on our own Peg noticed a footbridge across the Skagway River. We discovered that this bridge, next to the airport west of the docks, led to a beautiful park. The views of Smugglers Cove from Yakutania Point were beautiful. As a bonus we  were able to watch a couple of whales on the far side of the cove. Inspired by the whale tail spotting, Peg would later hunt all the jewelry stores to find a perfect silver tail pendant.

Skagway River

View from Yakutania Point

Whale waves to us in Skagway, Alaska

Whale tail in Skagway, Alaska

Smugglers Cove in Skagway, Alaska

Peg enjoying Smugglers Cove Trail

August is a great time to sail Alaska. Because the salmon are running, there are plenty of animals to watch as they fish. The seals at the docks were very busy as well as many sea birds.We were sad to leave Skagway, Alaska but as we sailed out of port we were rewarded with another beautiful Alaskan sunset.

Seal in Skagway, Alaska

Seagull in Skagway, Alaska

Sunset leaving Skagway, Alaska