Skagway, Alaska


August 2006


Our first stop in Skagway was a visit to the Skagway Sculpture and Flower Garden that showcases 27 bronze sculptures worth over a million dollars, including a life size grizzly and a larger than life size horse.   A visit to Jewell Gardens confirmed for us that Skagway is indeed a Garden City.   Every day brought cruise ships to Skagway, sometime as many as 6 or 7, swelling the population to close to 9,000.  The downtown streets are lined with many, many gift shops and jewelry stores vying for the tourist dollars.  Our stay would not have been complete without going to the Days of '98 Show with Soapy Smith, now in its 81st year on Broadway (Broadway Street in Skagway!).  Another highlight was a trip on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, a narrow gauge railroad that climbs from sea level to almost 3000 feet at the summit of White Pass in just 20 miles and features steep grades and incredible vistas.

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