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Skagway, United States

A city in Alaska, close to the famous Klondike and associated with the gold rush

Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

Crabcake,Skagway, United States

Crabcake Minced crab shaped in a small salty cake and stuffed with several ingredients.

Bannock,Skagway, United States

Bannock Round flatbread prepared with whole grain wheat flour, spices, and dried fruits.

Akutaq,Skagway, United States

Akutaq Whipped fat mixed with fruits, fish, and sugar.

Typical food of Skagway, United States

Fish, bread, and berries are the main ingredients in the traditional cuisine of Skagway.
A lot of seafood that is cooked in numerous styles is extracted from the port of Skagway. However, crab and salmon are the most representative in local cuisine. Crab is used to prepare a delicacy named “Crabcake”, consisting in a small salty cake prepared with minced crab, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, eggs, dressings, and onion; while salmon is usually roasted over fire and served with salads and rice. Other dishes you can try in Skagway include “Akutaq”, whipped fat mixed with fruits (as cranberries or raspberries), fish, and sugar, although some recipes include beef, leaves, and roots; and “bannock”, a round flatbread prepared with whole wheat flour, baking powder, and water, these ingredients are mixed and kneaded with spices or dried fruit. Berries are very popular in this area and they are used to prepare a wide variety of marmalades, jam, and dressings. The most famous are raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries.

Stagway Fish Company is a restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, ideal to try the local specialties. This establishment facing the port offers all types of seafood, as well as a wide selection of beers.


Useful Tips

  • The city is small and you can explore it on foot. We recommend bringing comfortable shoes.
  • There is light to abundant rainfall throughtout the year, which is why you should bring an umbrella or a rain jacket.
  • We suggest you to use lip balm, moisturizing cream, gloves, thermal or wool socks, earmuffs, and a scarf.

The weather in Skagway, United States

Skawgay has a continental climate with rainfall distributed throughout the year, being light in some months and abundant in others. The average temperature is 6 °C (43 °F) with highs of 9 °C (48 °F) and lows of 3 °C (37 °F). There are 689 mm (27 in) of annual rainfall in 133 days, as well as 125 cm (49 in) of snow.

What to bring by season

Cool season (May to September): the days between May and September in Skagway are mild with an average temperature of 12 °C (53 °F). The thermometer reaches 18 °C (64 °F) during the day and it drops to 6 °C (42 °F) at night. The lightest rains of the year fall in May, accumulating 22 mm (0.66 in) in eight days, while the most abundant rain falls in September, accumulating 110 mm (4 in) in 16 days. Since temperatures are low in May, there may be some snowfall. We recommend packing warm clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a warm jacket or a coat, gloves, a scarf, and a hat. Remember to bring a rain jacket or an umbrella. Cold season (October to April): the weather is cold in this season. The average temperature is 1 °C (33 mi) with highs of 9 °C (48 mi) in October and April and lows of - 4 °C (24 °F) in February. Snowfall is common, accumulating only 2 cm (0.8 in) in April and about 36 cm (14 in) in January. The average rainfall is 60 mm (2 in) in 11 days. You should bring corduroy or wool clothing that help you to stay warm, as well as a coat, thick socks, gloves, a hat with earflaps, a scarf, and waterproof boots or non-slip shoes.


About Skagway, United States

Skagway was the first city to be incorporated to the Alaskan territory. Its history is linked to the Klondike gold rush that took place between 1897 and 1899. In the historic district of the city you can find around 100 buildings from that time.

This small picturesque town has a rare beauty, featuring woods and mountains as White Pass. It has a port that became important after the gold rush. In this city you can walk on Broadway Street, its main thoroughfare, and visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, a place that takes its visitors back to the gold rush time.

***The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).