The historic community of Skagway can keep most people busy for a couple of days - dozens of shops with Alaska souvenirs and local arts and crafts vie for your attention, there are several museums and
historic sites, and some great hiking trails head up the mountains away from the hustle and bustle.
Although the entire journey from Skagway to Whitehorse is only 180 kilometers (112 miles), this is a trip that shouldn't be rushed - there is a lot to see. Some of the highlights that you will see:
If you are arriving at Whitehorse with an RV caravan, going to Skagway makes a great day trip. Chartering a motorcoach for the group avoids having to drive your rig back up the steep and winding White Pass Summit section of the highway.
If you have questions about the South Klondike Highway or any other routes, check the links below, or post your question on
the Yukon Forum at TripAdvisor.
South Klondike Highway Links
South Klondike Photo Gallery
Over 60 photos taken along the highway in all seasons.
This 30-page mile-by-mile guide with almost 50 photos by Murray Lundberg shows the highway, the scenery and other attractions. It costs $5. to download but is updated several times each year.
When Does the Ice Leave Emerald Lake?
One of the questions that comes up fairly regularly is whether or not the wonderful colours of Emerald Lake are visible early in the season.
Building the Skagway-Dawson Road
First promised in 1898, this highway joining the Alaskan coast with the Yukon interior finally became a reality 83 years later.
A guide to the community's history, attractions and services.
A comprehensive guide to the community, from accommodations to history, tours and weather.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
A comprehensive guide to the railroad that is so visible along the southern section of the highway.
Windy Arm Mines
This extract from the book Fractured Veins & Broken Dreams gives some background on the mining ruins seen along the Windy Arm section of the highway.
Klondike Highway, 1972
A large map and information from a 1972 Yukon tourism publication. At this time the highway only ran from Carcross to Dawson City.