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Cas 09-03-2007 12:03 PM

Hi all!! My family and I are going to Alaska in May 2008. I'm taking my family, including a 14 year old and a 20 year old. We already plan on taking the dogsledding and glacier viewing excursion, but I was wondering about whether the kids would enjoy the railway also. What do you all think? Perhaps renting a car and driving up the Yukon highway would be better? I just don't want the kids to get bored. We're going to be in Skagway for 14 hours and the dogsledding is only two hours. Thanks for any help.

Cruise Fanatic 09-03-2007 05:36 PM

The White Pass train is a very beautiful scenic ride up to the summit. However; it isn't active so they might not enjoy it as well as something with more activity.

gdjoslin 09-03-2007 06:00 PM

When we rode on it in June there were a couple of teenagers. It appeared they were having lots on fun on the observation deck. I think the train would be fine. Not sure if you take the bus one way, that may be boring for them.


Cas 09-03-2007 06:03 PM

Thanks, Gary. Would you recommend taking the train both up and down?

gdjoslin 09-03-2007 06:17 PM

I think if you do the train take it both ways. Renting a car and driving into the Yukon is very nice also. We took the bus into the Yukon. Next trip we plan on renting a car and taking our time a little more. That way we can stop when we want, and not fight a tour bus load of people for the best spot to take a picture.
Both are great, but we really enjoyed the train ride.
This is what you will see if you take the car.

mob122906 09-06-2007 10:59 PM

We took the Princess Bus Tour to the Yukon. The scenery was awesome. The bus driver stopped along the way for photo ops. We also went to the Yukon suspension bridge. On the way back to Skagway, we stopped at Liarsville for a Salmon Bake dinner. The food was wonderful. Our bus driver/ guide was very informative.
If you do this excursion, bring your passport. You do cross the border into Canada. The agent does enter the bus to check passports.

Jill SC 09-07-2007 08:23 AM

The train ride was spectacular. I highly recommend doing it while you have the chance.

kwtraveler 10-02-2007 04:39 PM

My wife and our two teenagers just went to Alaska on Serenade of the Seas this past June. At Skagway we did a little shopping in the morning and then we took the 12 o'clock train ride and it was excellent. We rode the train up and took a bus back down to Lairsville where we drank hot cider, had cookies, watched a comedy show and panned for gold. The gold panning wasn't what we thought it would be, but overall we enjoyed the excursion. The ride back is the same route so you might get a little bored if you take it back too. On the way up, sit on left side of the train so you can get the best views and make sure to go outside on the rails between the trains. I don't know your itinerary, but we went to Hubbard Glaciers, which was beautiful, then Sitka, which was small and not much to see, then Skagway, and our last port was Juneau. Take the tram to Mount Roberts and also go see the glaciers there if you have time. We didn't pay to go whale wathcing because we had a balcony cabin and saw a lot of whales and seals from the ship. Have fun.

Berick1234 10-06-2007 08:38 AM

The Train! The Train!

We've taken the train trip 2 times and will do the bus ride in June for our third cruise to Alaska..this leaves you plenty of time to SHOP and walk around Skagway....Have a Grand Time..

Bob E

cruizinallthetime 10-30-2007 08:54 AM

Okay - I am confused. We are going to be in Skagway as well in May.
I wanted to take the train. Now, does the train go up and then back?
Does it go up and you have to take a bus back?
Do you take a bus up and then the train back?
Are all options available?
Just wanting a little clarity
Thanks guys

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