Dawson City ... you either get it, or you don't. It's not a fancy place ... gravel streets, wood boardwalks, old buildings, and tourists. The old buildings are interesting. And so are the outlying areas.
It is worth making the trip to the top of Dome Mountain and driving the road out to the national historical site at Discovery Claim (although not as interesting now as it was 10 years ago). Visit Bear Creek and whatever else strikes your fancy. The Visitor Centre in Dawson City is a great resource.
Many of the historical sites are outside of town; to truly see the area, you must explore with a vehicle. If you can't drive around, I suggest the Parks Canada booklet: South Dawson City Walking Tour (pdf)
These are pictures of the sights ...
The Midnight Dome is a must see. On my first return visit as an adult I was somewhat confused about the route up the hill, but after asking at the Visitor's Centre we found the way. Turned out my memory was not wrong; the route that had changed.
A little personal trivia ... when I was a kid, my family visited the Dome for the longest day of the year. The Dome is a popular spot on this special night and there was a good gathering of people up there. Us kids got bored (just what is so exciting about a sun that never sets?), so after asking our folks for permission, we started walking back to Dawson City. We were maybe half way when RCMP cruisers drove by headed up the hill ... I didn't learn until later that those cops were responding to a complaint about the party on the Dome. And my mom was arrested for drinking in public!
One of two dozen dredges that worked this area, Dredge No. 4 rests on
Claim 17 Below Discovery on Bonanza Creek near the spot where it ceased
operations in 1959. Dredge No. 4 is the largest wooden hull, bucket line
dredge in North America.
More info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/yt/dn4/index_E.asp
See location on Google Maps.
Bear Creek was an industrial complex of some 65 buildings and related
structures located 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Dawson City. From 1905 to 1966, Bear
Creek was the Klondike headquarters for corporate mining interests, acting
as the administrative and repair centre for the goldfield's dredging operations.
More info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/yt/dn4/natcul/natcul2_E.asp
We were disappointed that this historical site was closed when we visited in 2008.
Visiting the historic cemeteries in Dawson City is an interesting experience. One can't help but wonder about the lives these people lived so many years ago. I was impressed with the Royal North West Mounted Police cemetery ... there seemed to be so many who died so young ...
Refer to the Yukon government booklet: A Walking Tour of Dawson City Cemeteries (pdf)