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A taste of the Gold Rush, from the comfort of your Jeep.
More than a century ago, adventure-seekers hoping to strike it rich during the Gold Rush braved sub-zero temperatures and waist-deep snow along the same routes that your powerful Wrangler will take you today. Ain't creature comforts great?
After an initial safety briefing, you'll travel, convoy-style, up the White Pass Trail on the Klondike Highway. Your knowledgeable guide's narration will make the Gold Rush come alive and add a depth of understanding to this event which took place from 1897-99.
While cruising, keep your eyes open for wildlife. Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, your odds of spotting moose, bears, eagles, and other local animals are pretty good.
Several stops will be made to get a better look and take photos at various sites along the way, including the impressive Pitchfork Falls, the second-largest waterfall in Southeast Alaska. If the people in your party would like to take turns driving, this might be a good time to make the switch.
As you traverse the White Pass Trail, a US National Historic Landmark for the Gold Rush, your path parallels that of the narrow-gauge railroad, the White Pass Railway. In 1994, the railway received the International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Award for its extreme feat of engineering and obstacles overcome to provide a faster, safer way to reach the Klondike. Keep your camera handy for some once-in-a-lifetime shots as the train makes hairpin turns, climbs steep grades and crosses bridges while moving through the valley.
You'll discover the Tormented Valley, with its rocky, moon-like landscape and stunted trees is aptly named. This unique area has been featured in many movies including The Big White with Robin Williams and Disney's Never Cry Wolf.
A stop at the hand-carved Alaska sign, located at the US-Canadian border with spectacular scenery, is the perfect place for that perfect photo.
We turn around at the spot for which this tour is named, the Yukon Suspension Bridge. Walk this 200 ft long pedestrian cable suspension bridge as you pass 65 feet above the raging rapids of the Tutshi River Canyon.
The Skagway City Overlook provides great views of town and the cruise ships beyond. If time permits, we highly recommend the short 5-10 minute easy hike to admire the ruggedly beautiful Lower Reid Falls.
Again, time permitting, we might see the final resting place of some of the heroes and villains of the time with a visit to the Gold Rush Cemetery.
- Guests taking the 8:00 am tour will be met at the cruise ship pier (arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time). All other guests must walk (10-20 minutes) or take a shuttle bus to the meeting location. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Details will be provided on your voucher.
- All Jeeps are 4-wheel drive and have automatic transmissions.
- If more than one person in your party wishes to drive, there will be opportunities during the tour for drivers to switch.
- You MUST bring your passport as this tour enters Canada.
- All drivers must be at least 21 years old and show a valid U.S., Canadian, or international driver's license.
- Maximum of 4 passengers per 4-door Jeep, maximum of 5 if all from the same group.
- If you do not have a minimum of 4 in your party, you will be matched up with other guests. If you are sharing this tour with others, you will be expected to switch drivers part way through the tour.
- Tour stops may be modified based on road and weather conditions.
Days offered: 7 days a week