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Traveler's Guide to the Klondike

Magazine article Sunset

Traveler's Guide to the Klondike

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Right now isn't too soon to begin planning a summer trip. Summer season runs roughly from mid-May to midSeptember in Skagway and Dawson City. Prices followed by (CN) are in Canadian dollars.

GETTING AROUND

By sea. For details on ships calling at Skagway, see page 72.

By air. To reach Skagway by air, fly through Juneau, which is served by Alaska Airlines and, in the summer, by Delta. From Juneau, you can also fly to Whitehorse and Dawson City.

By land. The 445 miles of highway between Skagway and Dawson City are paved. If you'd rather leave the driving to someone else, consider a Gray Line of Alaska bus tour. Trips into the Klondike leave from Skagway, Anchorage, and Fairbanks. For a free brochure, call (800) 628-2449.

Planning resources. For details on tours, travel services, activities, and lodging, request the free vacation planner from the state of Alaska (800/8625275) and Tourism Yukon (867/6675340 or www.touryukon.com).

SKAGWAY

* Lodging and eats

Golden North Hotel. New owners are finishing a desperately needed update of one of Alaska's oldest hotels; a new brew pub and restaurant are open for the 1998 season. Request a refurbished room with private bath. From $75. (907) 983-2294.

Skagway Inn. This Gold Rush brothel has 12 rooms with shared baths. Although chef Lorna McDermott is retiring, the owners intend to maintain the standards that made the restaurant our favorite for dinner. From $66. 983-2289.

White House. This newly opened, contemporary B & B in a restored house has 10 rooms, each with a private bath. From $95. 983-9000.

Stowaway Cafe. Make reservations for fresh seafood dinners at this casual, harbor-view eatery. 983-3463. U Attractions

White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Reservations are a must for the twice-daily three-hour round-trip excursions. $78, $39 ages 3-12. New daylong steam excursions to Lake Bennett will be offered every other Saturday starting June 13. $156, $78 ages 3-12. (800) 343-7373.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Includes Skagway's historic district, the nearby town site of Dyea, and historic trails over Chilkoot and White passes. The visitor center is open 8-7 daily in the summer. (907) 983-2921.

Chilkoot Trail. New regulations by Parks Canada allow only 50 backpackers per day to cross the pass into Canada. …

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