Skagway’s Ghostly Twin – Tour to Dyea

 

Dyea, Alaska False Front

Tour Departs from Skagway, Alaska

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This small-group tour explores the place where nature and history merge-the ghost town of Dyea. Dyea’s townsite is a nine-mile drive from Skagway, but the two towns are entire worlds apart. In 1898, Skagway and Dyea competed as the gateway to the Klondike. Dyea boasted over 8,000 residents and had a Main Street lined with dozens of hotels, restaurants, and saloons. Skagway has become a major tourist attraction; nature has overtaken what little remains of Dyea. Today, the Dyea townsite is protected as part of the Klondike National Historic Park.

The tour begins as you board the comfortable van for a scenic drive along Taiya Inlet’s rocky seacoast -no big buses are allowed along this route. We’ll keep our eyes open for bald eagles and harbor seals that frequent this rich tidal estuary as we cross the Taiya River Bridge. We’ll stop at the former townsite for a half-mile walk along a flat and well-maintained trail that once was Dyea’s “Broadway.” Your expert guide will help you discover signs of this town’s fascinating history still evident under the layers of moss, ferns, and mushrooms.

Next, we’ll drive a short distance and then stroll through the thick spruce forest to visit the Slide Cemetery. Dozens of miners were buried here after the Palm Sunday avalanche of 1898. The quiet is palpable-only occasionally is it broken by the piercing call of the varied thrush. The faded wooden grave markers are a poignant reminder of the hazards faced by the Klondike Argonauts.

On the drive back to town, we’ll stop at Naku Bay for a fantastic view and photo opportunity looking down the fjord towards the gleaming Chilkat Mountains.

Return to your ship with more than photos- you’ll have gained an appreciation of the impermanence of man and the profound and lasting power of Alaskan nature.

  • 3 hour tour
  • $99 per person
  • 2 -person minimum