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Nature Tour To Dyea

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This unique tour offers an exploration to where both nature and history merge to create a ghost town. Discover Dyea where at one time over 8000 people lived, but today is a quiet monument that has gone to sleep in the protected Klondike National Historic Park.

Nature Tour to Dyea

Leave the large crowds of Skagway behind and join in on a small group tour, no more than 14 guests, to explore Klondike National Historic Park in nearby Dyea. A place where nature and history merge to create a ghost town, Dyea is a short, nine-mile drive from Skagway, but the two towns are entire worlds apart. In 1898, Dyea boasted over 8,000 residents and had a Main Street lined with dozens of hotels, restaurants and saloons. Little of the town remains today as the Alaskan nature has taken over and now gives Dyea its defining character.

Meet your expert, local guide and board your comfortable transportation for a scenic drive along Taiya Inlet's rocky seacoast. This panoramic route does not allow for large tour buses and will give you an up-close and intimate look at true Alaskan wilderness. Keep our eyes open for bald eagles and harbor seals that frequent this rich tidal estuary as you cross the Taiya River Bridge and make your way to explore Dyea's rich meadows and forests.

The pace is unhurried and allows for plenty of time to enjoy the wonders of nature all around you. As you drive through the park, your naturalist guide will describe and point out the best places to stop for scenery and nature. All vehicles are equipped with a powerful spotting scope and binoculars to assist with wildlife viewing, make sure you have your camera ready to take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities.

This is a "guide's choice" tour, so the exact itinerary is dependent on weather, wildlife, and group interest on any given day to provide you with the best possible experience. Every month brings something different to Dyea. In May, June and July, the wildflowers are at their peak, with an impressive display of chocolate lilies, fireweed and wild irises. Beginning in late July, the Taiya River fills with migrating salmon, and the chance of seeing bald eagles and the occasional brown bear increases. In September, the cottonwood trees turn yellow and the native bushes are covered in berries and Amanita mushrooms add a splash of red to the green forest understory.

Stop at the former town site for a half mile walk along a flat and well-maintained trail that once was Dyea's "Broadway". Your knowledgeable guide will help you discover signs of this town's fascinating history which is still evident under the layers of moss, ferns and mushrooms. Another possibility is a short 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 here is palpable; only occasionally broken by the lilting call of a songbird in the trees. The faded, wooden grave markers are a poignant reminder of the hazards faced by the Klondike argonauts.

Return to your ship with more than just photos, this short day out will provide you with a great appreciation of the impermanence of man and the profound and lasting power of Alaskan nature. Book today for an experience like no other while in Skagway.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $122.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing and comfortable walking shoes. A jacket or sweater may be necessary depending on the time of the year. Please bring a reusable water bottle as water refills will be provided periodically throughout the tour.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk one half mile on an unpaved surfaces.