Historic Skagway Inn

The Historic Skagway Inn was built in 1897 in Skagway, Alaska. It operated first as a brothel, a family residence, and then a boarding house and finally, as a Frontier Country Inn. In 1897 Skagway was in the midst of the Gold Rush. Stampeders from all nationalities tumbled off steamships in the tiny port of Skagway bound for the Dawson Gold Fields. One hundred years later, Skagway retains the magic of the gold rush era. At the Historic Skagway Inn Bed and Breakfast, we provide guests with delicious meals and comfortable accommodations. *Please note- employees must be at least 21 years old and take the Alaska food and alcohol handlers course.  For more information, please visit http://www.skagwayinn.com



Reasons to join us at The Historic Skagway Inn


·          Join a tight knit community of other J-1 students while you live & work in historic downtown      Skagway, Alaska

·          Potential for an end of the season BONUS

·          Great for 2 friends

·          Employer provides housing for $105 a week



Did you know…?

·          The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a big part of the business in the town.

·          Skagway is also known as the “Gateway to the Klondike”. Referencing the famous gold rush to the Yukon of the late 1890’s.

·          Skagway, Alaska is part of the setting for Jack London’s book, The Call of the Wild.

·          Alaska contains about 98% of the U.S. brown bear population and 70% of the total North American population.

·          Most of America's salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.

·          17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska and at 20,320 feet above sea level, Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska's interior, is the highest point in North America.



What is the weather like in Skagway, Alaska?


Skagway has a humid continental climate, which is very unusual for a place so far north. It is in the rain shadow of the coastal mountains – and on annual basis, this is both the wettest and warmest part of Alaska with milder temperatures in the winter. The average low temperature during the summer months is around 46°F (8°C), while the average high is about 65°F (18°C). Because temperatures can vary greatly, clothing selection is important when you're visiting Alaska. One word of advice: layers. Always dress in layers, whether you're hiking or just walking around town. For current weather conditions in Skagway, please visit www.weather.com

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How to Get There

Students should contact their employers at least 2 weeks prior to arrival with their travel plans and plan on spending at least 1 night in Juneau to take care of Social Security BEFORE arriving in Skagway.


 Students should fly into Juneau International Airport (JNU) in Juneau, AK on a Sunday and take a taxi cab for $40.00 to the Juneau International Hostel. Make reservations ahead of time, online at http://www.juneauhostel.net/. The cost to stay overnight is around $10 and in the morning, Students need to go to the Social Security office and apply for their Social Security Card. The SS Office is within walking distance to the hostel and once students have applied for their cards, there are 2 options for students to get to Skagway from Juneau- 1). Students can take another flight into Skagway via commuter flight. 2). Students can take the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Skagway.