Your Alaska road trip guide

Can you drive the Road to Emerald Lake during your Skagway cruise ship stop?

Klondike Highway

Klondike Highway

Yes, it can! Renting a car in Skagway and driving to Emerald Lake and back takes about four to five hours, depending on how many stops you make. You can always turn around at any point. Driving straight through both directions takes four hours. Most cruise ship stops are longer than that, but be sure to leave plenty of time to stop and take pictures, and to rent and return your car.

You might want to grab sandwiches or picnic supplies in Skagway before you leave, as there are very limited food options on this section of highway. Note that you’ll cross the border into Canada’s Yukon Territory 13 miles north of Skagway. Be sure to bring your passport or appropriate form of ID to enter both Canada and the United States on your return trip.

Car rental is best arranged before you arrive in Alaska, however you can go to any of the local agency offices in Skagway and check availability. The Avis office at 2nd Avenue & Spring Street is convenient and may have the most rentals in stock. See car rental options in Skagway for more information.

The Road to Emerald Lake is a world-class drive that shouldn’t be rushed, but neither should it be missed!

Photo by Boris Kasimov used with permission