Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ALL ABOARD!! White Pass railway train ride - Skagway, Alaska

Step into the past as you board the White Pass Railway in Skagway, Alaska.  Learn how the people of the Gold Rush traveled this route by foot for many years before the railway was born.  You'll be amazed by the beautiful scenery as you pass by rivers, bridges, tunnels and steep grades climbing through the Alaskan mountains. 

We took this tour with a group of 8 and we all seemed to enjoy this relaxing time on the train.  If your looking for something very interactive, this is not the excursion for you.  I enjoyed finally taking a moment to be able to sit back and see more of Alaska than we had seen on most of our time on the cruise.  If you enjoy mountains, trees, history and trains, I think you'd enjoy this tour

The ride is a couple hours long, so be prepared to mostly sit for this amount of time.  If you have children, you may want to bring some activities for them to keep busy if they are unamused by the scenic route.  There is no food provided on the train so pack a few small snacks as well if needed (I usually grab a banana out of the buffet if I'm cruising), but they do provide water bottles if you get thirsty.  You can get up during the ride and walk around to the front or back of the cars and a couple people can stand on the outside landings between each car for a good photo shot without the window.

Sit on the LEFT side of the train if you can.  You will see both sides of the view no matter where you sit, but they provide you with better narration on the way up the mountain of what your seeing on left side of the train.  Also, if your taking the ride in the cold season, heating is limited on the trains, so dress very warm!

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