Skagway10Skagway {Helly Hansen Rain Jacket, Uniqlo Down Vest, Northface Fleece, H&M Striped Tee (similar), Thrifted Bandans, Zara Leggings, Hunter Boots}

Welcome to the next installation of my Alaska Travel Diary. Our last port-of-call on this trip was beautiful Skagway. The weather was damp and much chillier than the previous day in Juneau. So I layered on my rain jacket, packable down vest, and wellies.


Eric and I were up bright and early. And since our excursion didn’t start until later in the day, we decided to spend the morning doing our own self-guided walking tour. The town was tiny, but super-cute. We later learned from our tour guide that the population is only 1000 people, and the community is extremely tight-knit.

Yukon Territory Sign

After our morning stroll, it was time to head out on our bus tour of the Yukon Territory.  If you ever do any research about visiting Skagway, then you’ll soon find out that THE major tourist attraction is to take a scenic train ride along the White Pass & Yukon Route. Since our journey would include a long train ride later on in the trip (more about that coming soon!), we opted for the bus ride instead. 

Yukon Territory - Bennett Lake Yukon Territory - Bennett Lake

This turned out to be a wise decision. Since our group was so small (around 10 passengers), we were able to stop whenever we wanted to and explore gorgeous areas like Bennett Lake…

Yukon Territory - Emerald Lake

… and Emerald Lake. And yes, the water really was that amazing jewel-toned hue!Yukon Territory - Bennett Lake Yukon Territory - Bovis Island Yukon Territory

After we had our fill of sweeping landscapes and fresh mountain air, we headed off to Carcross (short for Caribou Crossing), the world’s smallest desert.
Yukon Territory - Carcross

While there, we ate a tasty BBQ lunch inside of a covered wagon.

Yukon Territory - Carcross

After lunch, we got to explore the rest of the Carcross Trading Post which included a pretty awesome wildlife museum and petting zoo.
Welcome to Alaska SignAfter a full day, it was eventually time to turn around and head back to Skagway. Eric and I had such a great time at all of the ports in Alaska, but little did we know we were still in for one last treat during the cruise portion of our vacation. Stay tuned tomorrow to hear all about it!