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Alaska

The Chilkoot Trail

A Southeast Alaska Inside Passage vacation would not be complete without learning about its fascinating Gold Rush history.

While hiking either all or part of the Chilkoot Trail just outside of Skagway, visitors will find history at their feet, literally. Hundreds of discouraged gold miners ditched their supplies as they gave up their dreams of Klondike gold and headed home.

Old pick axes, wagon wheels, shovels and countless other items are found along the 33-mile trail. Less adventurous travelers can walk just part of the trail, while hardcore hikers will want to take on the once-in-a-lifetime trek. You can get to Skagway by driving Highway 2 from Whitehorse or by taking a ferry or cruise into the town’s port.

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