Bove Island viewpoint, South Klondike Highway

Murray's Guide to the South Klondike Highway

Narration and photos by Murray Lundberg

Latest update: January 13, 2020

There is also FREE version of the guide, An Explorer's Guide to the South Klondike Highway. Although much shorter than the paid version, it's still more complete and much more current than the other 2 guides to that highway worth noting, Bell's and the one published by the Skagway News.

For the 2022 cruise season, the 2020 edition of Murray's Guide is available as a free download at - due to illness, no edition will be published this year.


  • If you plan to visit the Yukon Suspension Bridge, showing your copy of the Guide gets you $4 off the admission for each member of your group ($3 off for children).
  • as this trip takes you into Canada, a passport is required.
  • there are 3 car rental companies in Skagway, Avis, independent operator DIY Jeep Tours (formerly Alaska Green Jeep), and Affordable Car Rentals. All the offices are reasonable walks from any of the docks, though shuttle buses are available.
  • there are 2 gas stations in Skagway (at 2nd Avenue and State Street, and 4th Avenue and Main Street). On February 26, 2019, it was $4.257 per gallon at 2nd/State. It's a bit higher in Carcross, but you won't need to fuel up there.
  • if you're coming up in May, you may want to know when the ice leaves Emerald Lake
  • there is 1 grocery store in Skagway and a convenience store at the gas station in Carcross.
  • there are many restaurants in Skagway and 4 in the Carcross area. The 5 eateries that I give high marks to (and visit often) are The Station, Skagway Brewing Company, and Glacier Smoothies in Skagway; and Caribou Crossing Coffee and The Bistro in downtown Carcross.
  • the speed limits on the highway are 40mph in Alaska (outside Skagway), and 90 kmh (55mph) in British Columbia and the Yukon.
  • a GPS is of little use on this road due to poor satellite reception in many areas and the almost complete absence of geographical information about this area in GPS databases. They will give you lat/long for most of the route and most units will give you your distance from the towns, but not much else.
  • there is only cell phone coverage within a few miles of Skagway and Carcross.

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