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White Pass Summit & City Tour

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Family Friendly
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Suitable for all ages and abilities
Great Scenery
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Gain roughly 3,292 feet on the scenic Klondike Hwy
Passport Required
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For crossing the Canadian border


Some of the best shore excursions in Alaska are budget-friendly tours suitable for the entire family. Take this one, for example! One of the best-reviewed and most popular of our Skagway tours is the White Pass Summit and City Tour, which showcases all the local highlights in 2 ½ enjoyable hours. On the White Pass Summit and City Tour, you’ll first explore historic Skagway, receiving a great overview of the town with narration from a knowledgeable local guide, before heading up the Klondike Highway to White Pass Summit. On this spectacular scenic drive you’ll pass through stunning alpine scenery: snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, misty white waterfalls, and crystal mountain lakes. You’ll also make stops at points of historic interest along the Gold Rush Trail of 1898, including Brackett Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls, Moore Creek Bridge, and overlooks above the WP & YR railroad. After reaching White Pass Summit at 3292 feet above sea level, you’ll pass through the sub-arctic alpine tundra of the “Tormented Valley” and beside the crystal blue waters of Summit Lake before stopping for a photo opportunity at the famous ‘Welcome to Alaska’ sign. Wildlife sightings are common on this tour, so be ready with your camera when grizzlies appear!

This popular White Pass Summit and City Tour is not available through the cruise lines. Unlike the cruise line tours that depart in 45-passenger buses, this outing is strictly local, with between 13-32 passengers aboard a comfortable mini-coach with large viewing windows. At a convenient 2 ½ hours, this tour also gives you ample time to spend some extra hours exploring Skagway; you’ll have time to do some shopping or even to add another unforgettable experience to your itinerary, such as a ziplining, dogsledding, or horseriding. If you’re searching for a comfortable, budget-friendly, and family-appropriate excursion into the wilderness, the White Pass Summit and City Tour is no doubt one of the best shore excursions in Alaska!

Looking for a longer or more customizable tour into the wilderness? You may want to check out one of our private tours, like the Private Emerald Lake Tour. It's one of the most exclusive and best shore excursions in Alaska!

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions

Will We See Wildlife?
Of the various Skagway tours, the Yukon adventures have one of the strongest opportunities for wildlife viewing. Tours entering Yukon include a chance of encountering caribou, sheep, mountain goats, and sometimes even bears and moose. While your chances are good, we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.
Are there Photo Opportunities?
Yes! There are opportunities and pull-outs along the way to get off the bus and take pictures.
What Type of Vehicles are Used?
For this particular tour, comfortable custom mini-coaches are provided, with a 14-to-28 passenger capacity. All feature large touring windows, bucket seats and PA systems for the guide to communicate along the way.
Why are Passports Required?
This tour enters Canada and passports will be required to go through the Canadian customs post, as well as to re-enter the United States. Passports are required for all adults and children 16 or older. Children 15 and under should have an original or certified copy or birth certificate or a Passport. If one or both parents are not traveling with the child, a notarized letter of authorization from the absent parent(s) is also necessary to cross into Canada. Some nationalities may also require a Canada and/or USA Visa. (Single-entry is acceptable). Please bring all original documentation, no copies are allowed. If passengers show up for the tour without the proper ID, they will not be allowed to board. While we will attempt to accommodate passengers lacking identification, there is no guarantee that suitable arrangements can be made, and no refund will be given under these circumstances. Passengers with felonies, DUI, or criminal charges are not allowed entry into Canada.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
Guests under the age of 16 do not need a passport, but you will need to provide an ORIGINAL birth certificate.
Folding wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated.
Passports are required for this tour.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts



2h 45min

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Itinerary • 2h 45min • 3 activities

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Meet your guides right at the cruise ship docks, or downtown if you are staying locally. They will check to ensure you have your passport before loading in the van and beginning the tour.

10 minutes
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Stopping every 20-25 minutes along the way for photos, your guide will take you up the Klondike Highway to White Pass Summit before returning to Skagway. Enjoy stops at Pitchfork Falls, Moore Creek Bridge, and Tormented Valley among others.

2 hours 30 minutes
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At the conclusion of the tour, your guide will make several stops to either drop you in downtown Skagway to explore, or right back at your cruise ship dock.

10 minutes