Plan to visit for a few days if you enjoy poking into curiosities and exploring history. Dawson City has gravel streets, wood boardwalks, old buildings and relics. The outlying areas around Dawson are also interesting for those interested in mining and history.
A drive to the top of Dome Mountain is a must-do. As is the drive through active mining claims to see the historical Dredge No. 4. The historical Bear Creek mining compound is also very interesting. Check in at the Visitor Centre in Dawson City to learn more.
I also suggest the Government of Yukon brochure: South Dawson City Walking Tour (pdf)
The Midnight Dome is a good place to drive to see the landscape all around Dawson.
This informal historical site is located a short hike north of the Yukon River government campground on the west side of the Yukon River.
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.
Bear Creek was an industrial complex located 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Dawson. 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 historical cemeteries in Dawson City is an interesting experience. One can't help but wonder about the lives these people lived so many years ago.
Yukon government booklet: A Walking Tour of Dawson City Cemeteries (pdf)