Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park lies in one of the world's most spectacular geographic areas, characterized by an almost endless array of islands, mountains, glacier, rivers, lakes and forest. Fortunately, within this unspoiled geographic setting, the United States and Canada have been able to preserve a wealth of historic structures and artifacts. Visitors, particularly those that hike the Chilkoot Trail, are likely to see these last tangible reminders to the gold rush days: telephone wire and poles, boots, bedsprings, horse-shoes, and rusty cookware, to name a few.
In Skagway, the park preserves a dozen gold rush era buildings, forming the heart of the historic district. The park and town are popular summer destinations for road and cruiseship passengers. Visitation is expected to grow as the centennial celebration of the 1898 Gold Rush takes place.
The contrast between the scenic grandeur and the humble remains of the stampeders' possessions and temporary structures is what helps to make a visit to the park an unforgettable experience.