Skagway White Pass Scenic Railway Excursion Reviews
The unforgettable journey on the White Pass Scenic Railway is not just another train ride; built through rugged terrain, the route passes through tunnels and valleys en route to the scenic White Pass Summit.
We booked this independently because we wanted to go all the way to the end of the line. If you book with the cruise, you leave the train at the Canadian border and get bused the rest of the way. Either way is fine, the best scenery was earlier in the ride. This was by far the best excursion! Loved our driver on the way back (Mike), He pointed out lots of points of interest and would pull over for us to take pictures along the way!
Into the Yukon by bus, lunch at Caribou Crossing, train ride back down. Good guide who took time to point out wildlife and offer photo opportunities. caribou crossing was kind of a tourist stop. Lunch was skimpy -- chicken leg and thigh, coleslaw and roll and butter with a doughnut for dessert. Iditarod huskies training there were interesting, could have a ride pulled by them for another $26 . Train ride scenery was breathtakingly beautiful bit train seats needed more cushioning.
The train ride was very beautiful and the guide was exceptional. The train was full and some people traveling with toddlers refused to hold their child so there were a few people who had to sit three to a seat which was ridiculous and I'm sure very uncomfortable for them. They gave out great snack bags on the train which was appreciated and needed since there was limited choices and a bag of popcorn was $2 and cookies were $4 and not much else available. Next we got to see the sled dogs. This was by far the best! Very interesting and of course the highlight was watching them pull the sled and of course cuddling the puppies!
This is a MUST DO in Skagway! Amazing train ride up to the White Pass Summit. Great narration and unbelievable sights. A little scary being so high up in the mountains going over the bridges, but the view is completely worth it. A+++
Loved the train ride to and from the Canada/U.S. border. Lovely scenery. We also learned about the Gold Rush experience, including the "sacrifice of 3,000 horses" in Dead Horse Gulch which remains a testimony to greed. The train is a must-do in Skagway.
This was another outstanding tour. We did the railway with the sled dog adventure. The sled dog thing was up first. The little area where they had it was sort of a tourist trap. However, it was pretty cool to interact with the dogs and to hear from an Iditerod racer. The train was cool. We got the recommendation to sit on the right side of the car if you are riding down the mountain and the views were spectacular. Other than a large group in our car who were being loud while the narration was going on, it was a great train trip.
We took WP previously and went by coach into the Yukon where we got out at several stops.This trip was just up and back on the rails which wasn't that interesting. Also, the tour guide did not emphasize the history of the gold rush and construction of the railway either. This trip was boring by comparison. Wouln't take it again.
Though the trip was interesting for me, it was a bit slow for my husband. The bus trip up took awhile, several stops for photo's followed by a stop for lunch. The venue for lunch was OK, there was an opportunity to ride behind some sled dogs and an exhibit of animal mounts, something we have seen plenty of as AK residents. Bus ride to Carcross, opportunity to shop a bit before boarding the train. Bit of a delay there and the train went very slowly. The guide explained that there were trains in front that we had to wait for. The train also stopped several times to pick up people along the route - as we were already running behind - it added to the delays. I would recommend taking the train up and the bus down if you were concerned about time.
Loved the trip, history and the views. The motor coach driver had poor time management skills, seemed to forget we had to meet the train and arrived to the train depot an hour late. Fortunately, the train (and everyone who arrived on time, waited for us.
Vintage railway adventure ended after our train engine broke down and we had to brake back down the mountain. Our money was promptly returned and my grandson was compensated with a blue ray dvd of the railway tour.
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