Dawson City Yukon Territory Canada
Gold Rush days are alive and well in Dawson City, with every day being reason to celebrate the history of the Klondike Gold Rush. Located off the North Klondike Highway via Whitehorse or via the Taylor Highway and Top of the World Highway from Tok, Alaska, Dawson City is an easily accessible getaway, full of history and with plenty of sights to see and activities to enjoy.
Dawson City originated as a summer fish camp and gathering site for native tribes. In 1896, the discovery of gold on Bonanza Creek brought an influx of fortune seekers and adventurers, creating a town site of over 30,000 people within 2 years. By 1898, gold had been discovered in Nome, Alaska, taking the bulk of its residents away to seek gold elsewhere and leaving behind a core population of roughly 2,000 people. That population fluctuated over the years, but holds consistent at about 1,300 full time residents today. Still a mining town, Dawson also is a huge tourist market, with tons of fun activities and historical sites.
In addition to just soaking up the historic atmosphere, visitors to Dawson City can enjoy activities such as panning for gold, gambling and live shows, museums, cultural centers or tours of some of the historical buildings and mine sites. Nearby Tombstone Territorial Park offers some of the most fantastic views in the area, with hiking and wildlife viewing readily available.
Accommodations are plentiful, with options that include downtown hotels, bed and breakfasts, quaint inns, cabins, campgrounds and RV parks. There is also no shortage of shopping or restaurants, from fine dining to burgers and beyond.
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