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Kennicott - McCarthy

Kennicott-mccarthy sightseeing, mine tours & outdoor adventures.

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Located in the heart of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park , McCarthy, and Kennicott have a colorful past. The cities began around 1900 when copper ore was discovered in the area. With the creation of the Kennecott Mines Company six years later, the town quickly grew to over 500 people. A hospital, store, grade school, dental office, dairy, and recreation hall were built. The nearby town of McCarthy was also growing at the same time. With a population of nearly 800, the town offered restaurants, pool halls, hotels, saloons, two newspapers, a dress shop, a photography shop, a garage and auto repair shop, a shoe shop, and a hardware store. With the closure of the Kennecott Copper Corporation in 1938, train service ceased, and most residents left.

Today, McCarthy and much of Kennicott are privately owned, with about 50 year-round residents. With unique accommodations at both the Ma Johnson Hotel, part of McCarthy Lodge, and at Kennicott Glacier Lodge you have a great base for exploring Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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Browsing 4 Day Tours in Kennicott - McCarthy

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Root Glacier Hike with Kennecott Mill Tour

Length: 7 hours

Starting at: $149 / pp

On this day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, experience the best of Kennicott’s history and landscapes on this hiking and sightseeing combination tour!  First, enjoy a spectacular half-day hike on the Root Glacier, searching for deep crevasses, shimmering blue... Browse itinerary

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Ice Climbing on Root Glacier

Length: 8 to 10 hours

Starting at: $170 / pp

For those traveling to the Kennicott-McCarthy area to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and want to find a fun Alaska day tour, enjoy this introduction to ice climbing! Root Glacier offers the perfect venue for people of all... Browse itinerary

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Root Glacier Hike (Full Day)

Length: 8 hours

Starting at: $155 / pp

On this glacier hike day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, enjoy all the benefits of the half-day hike but with additional time to explore the Root Glacier’s dynamic features.  After “lunch with a view,” the possibilities are endless.  You... Browse itinerary

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Root Glacier Hike (Half Day)

Length: 5 hours

Starting at: $115 / pp

On this half-day glacier hiking out of Kennicott-McCarthy, depart Kennicott hiking down a two-mile trail built in the 1920s as a wagon road.  Along the way, stops will be made to discuss glaciology and local geology and enjoy... Browse itinerary

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KENNECOTT MILL TOWN TOUR

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Alaskan History, Frozen in Time

Kennecott, Alaska is a ghost town frozen in time. When the Kennecott Copper Corporation abruptly abandoned the town in 1938, they left behind their equipment, buildings, and personal belongings; yet, their stories of discovery, perseverance, and ingenuity live on!

St. Elias Alpine Guides holds the exclusive concession with the National Park Service, and access to the 14-story Concentration Mill is only possible through this tour. Come see what it was like to live and work in this remote wilderness as you tour the town site with one of our knowledgeable guides. Listen to tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen, and tragic endings. Gain exclusive access to explore inside the 14-story mill building and several other historic buildings when you join our tour! Our 2-hour historic Mill Town Tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Kennecott, Alaska!

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!

Please note that this is not your typical history tour! The 2-hour tour involves walking a mile, including a hiking trail up a steep hill with ~150 feet of elevation gain. Once in the buildings, you will navigate areas that have low headroom and uneven floors. You will also descend multiple sets of stairs and ladders that are steep and uneven – all stairs and ladders have handrails. If you are traveling with small children, please make sure that they can navigate these stairs independently or that you have a hands-free carrier for them. Our guides are happy to assist as needed! Please refer to the pictures below to see an example of the stairs that you will need to navigate. Contact us with any questions you may have about the difficulty of the tour.

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Tour Details

Price Adult(13+) $34 Child(12-) $17

Mileage 1 Mile

Terrain Flat gravel trail, steep switch-back gravel trail, steep stairs and ladders, uneven flooring

Tour Length – Day Trip 2 Hours

Dates Offered May 25th – September 8th, 2024

Tour Start Times 9:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm Additional 11:30am start time from July 1st – August 15th

Age Limit All ages welcome, but it can be challenging for 3-5 year olds. Hands-free carrier required for those 2 and under.

Group Size 15 guests to 1 guide, multiple tours can go out at each time slot. Private options available upon request! Tours requiring a translator must be booked as a private tour.

Trip Highlights

  • Tour inside the 14-story concentration mill
  • Learn the fascinating history of one of the richest copper strikes in history
  • Listen to amazing stories of the people who lived and worked here in this remote, mountain wilderness
  • See buildings, mining equipment, and personal artifacts left as they were in the early 1900s

What’s Included?

  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Exclusive access to historic buildings

What’s Not Included?

  • Transportation to/from Kennecott

Equipment List

  • Closed-toed footwear
  • Rain Gear (just in case)
  • Camera/phone for pictures!

There are many buildings open to the public that our tour does not enter. Take some extra time before or after the tour to explore these buildings. Public buildings are open 9am to 5pm. Check in with our office for additional information.

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Yes, it’s one of our most popular Day Trip options! Our Half-Day Glacier Hike starts at 9 am and usually ends between 2-3 pm, just in time to catch the 3:30 pm Kennecott Mill Town Tour .

Regardless of how you arrive in McCarthy, be advised that no outside vehicles are permitted within the town, so don’t plan on being able to drive yourself around. Uber and taxi services are a laughable concept out here in the bush…you’ll see! Within the towns of Kennecott and McCarthy, all local businesses and points of attraction are within walking distance. To get between Kennecott and McCarthy most people ride the local Copper Town Shuttle (pricing and schedule change seasonally), however, you can also walk or bike the 4.5mi between the two towns. The Footbridge at the end of the McCarthy Road is about a 20min walk from McCarthy. The Copper Town Shuttle also offers service to the Footbridge on a regular schedule. Most local lodging hosts will provide transportation for check-in and check-out so you should be able to get to your accommodations from either the Footbridge if you’re driving in or from the airstrip if you’re flying in – check with your host for more details. If you’re doing an activity with us, chances are we provide transportation! Check with us if you are unsure if transportation is provided for your activity.

We are located in the heart of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. There is a 60mi dirt road that connects us to the highway system and there is also an airstrip in town! There are several options for getting to McCarthy-Kennecott – driving, riding in a van shuttle, taking a scheduled or chartered flight, or some combination of these options. Please visit our Transportation+Lodging page for more detailed information.

Meet the incredible guides that are the heart of our trips!

Who are the guides that make up the St. Elias Alpine Guides team? They are a diverse and competent group of people from all across the country. Their extensive outdoor experience, wilderness medical training, and great personalities make them stand out from the crowd. We put them through a thorough training program unique to our area – glaciology lessons, backcountry navigation, and training trips on the slopes of the Wrangell Mountains add to our guides’ abilities to adapt and dominate in the diverse terrain of WSENP. From a glacier hike to an 8-day expedition, they’ll be sure to make it a trip of a lifetime!

Because our schedule is as dynamic as the environment we live in, we usually assign guides the night before for our Day Trips. And while we can’t guarantee who your guide will be – we love and trust every one of them and we know you will too!

Cancellation Policy

Your payment is fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to the start of the trip. If anything comes up prior to that time, call or email us to cancel your reservation for a full refund. Within 48 hours, there is no refund for cancellations. No-shows will be charged the full price. Our trips go out rain or shine! In the rare event that we to cancel a trip due to dangerous conditions, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

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Underground Juneau gold!

Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world's largest gold producing mill. Hear the story of the great mine that was once the heartbeat of Juneau.

Following a brief ride along the beautiful Gastineau Channel, your driver will set the stage for your underground adventure.

Donning hard hats, the tour proceeds along a boardwalk into a 360 foot-long tunnel. An experienced miner will demonstrate hard rock mining techniques and acquaint you with the mining lifestyle.

Back at the mill our guide will explain why this mill was unique compared to others in the area. You will see the John Peterson 3 Stamp Mill in operation and you will try your own hand at panning for gold and garnets. Pay dirt is guaranteed and you keep what you find!

Wander through our displays and see the first steam engine brought to Alaska. Enjoy complimentary hot beverages and bring back that special something from our gift shop.

We'd love to answer your questions and share our passion for the AJ Mine and Gastineau Mill. Give us a call at (907) 500-5186 or send an email to [email protected].

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AJ Mine/Gastineau Goldmine Tours

Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world's largest gold-producing mill.  Hear the story of this great mine that was the heartbeat of Juneau.

Constructed in 1913, the Alaska Gastineau Mill was a revolutionary plant that introduced new technologies to the mining industry.  At a display of old equipment, your guide explains the different mining methods, and you marvel at the view of Gastineau Channel far below.

Venture underground into the conveyor tunnel through which crushed ore was transported to the mill.  Don hard hats and proceed along a boardwalk into the 360-foot-long tunnel.  Inside, experienced miners demonstrate hard rock mining techniques and give you a feel for the mining lifestyle.

Return to the mill site, where after a brief demonstration, you can pan for gold and garnets from the tailings of the mine.  Wander among displays, the ruins, and the gift shop, where complimentary coffee and hot chocolate is served.

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Independence Mine Historical Walking Tour In Alaska

Have a car? Travel to Hatcher Pass to meet your guide for a walking tour of Independence Mine.

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Have you always wanted to learn more about the Alaskan Gold Rush? Does investigating the pioneer era sound exciting to you? If you love Alaskan history, you’ll love the Independence Mine State Historical Park tours brought to you by Salmon Berry Travel & Tours . Partner with our local guides to explore the area, attend a field lecture, and more!

Get ready to learn more about the miners, the tools they used, and the general climate when you step into one of Alaska’s oldest and most historic mines from the time period of 1930-1950. Read through the description and details of this trip below to learn about what we include as a part of this package, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have before you book your next adventure.

Independence Mine State Historical Park Tours

We have three buildings OPEN from 10 am – 6 pm daily. The buildings open this summer tell the story of the mine: The people, the tools, and the milling process. Feel free to come on up and visit these buildings! Masks are required in all buildings. 

  • General Managers House
  • Bunkhouse No. 2 – with small gift shop & snacks!
  • Assay Office

This tour is a little bit different than our outdoor and wildlife adventures: It offers a great deal of historical information that you may have never heard of in the place where those events happened. In addition to learning from a knowledgeable guide, you’ll get to tour the buildings and step into the shoes of a 20th-century miner in Alaska.

We’re sure you’re curious as to what you’ll see on this tour with your Independence Mine State Historical Park guides. Our local tour guides will provide daily interpretation on a variety of subjects highlighting the history of Independence Mine State Historical Park. The preservation of this cultural heritage of Alaska is the foundation of topic discussion on this 45-minute tour. Meet us at Bunkhouse No. 2 for a field lecture! These field lectures will provide you a chance to visit some of the closed mine buildings to really learn how a miner’s life would have been led between 1938 and 1950. We get the behind-the-scenes tour of the bunkhouse, the apartment building and the bunkhouse warehouse with the teacher’s quarters & the school room. 

There is a gift shop/snack shop inside Bunkhouse #2 – A percentage of your purchases at the mine will go back to the State Park – thank you for your support!

For more information on this tour, please contact us or give us a call 907-278-3572

Important Details To Remember

Curious about the Gold Rush, pioneering families of Hatcher Pass, and local flora/fauna? Our local tour guides will provide daily interpretation on a variety of subjects highlighting the history of Independence Mine State Historical Park. The preservation of this cultural heritage of Alaska is the foundation of topic discussion on this 45-minute tour. Meet us at Bunkhouse No. 2 for a field lecture! Make the drive to Hatcher Pass to explore the Independence Mine State Historical Park. A quick day trip from Anchorage!

Within the tour, you will learn about the history of the time period as well as the people who lived and worked in this mining location during the gold rush of the early 20th century. Read through the information below to determine which tour you’d like to sign up for, and don’t forget to book online before the spots fill up!

When you arrive, you will meet 10 minutes prior in BunkHouse No. 2 to sign up for the next tour time. Tours start at the top of the hour. 

  • Adult Rate: $15 per person
  • Military/Senior Rate: $12 per person
  • Child Rate (2-11 years): $5 per child
  • Infants (under two years) Free

We’re happy to be able to provide you with our regular outdoor tours in addition to some tours and events that take place in indoor locations such as this one. Due to the close quarters of the mine buildings, masks are recommended on tour and in all mine buildings, including the bunkhouse, the apartment building, and the assay office, without exception.

There is a hand washing station available in Bunkhouse No. 2 as well as hand sanitizers in both the General Managers House and Bunkhouse No. 2. We will continue to practice enhanced COVID cleaning procedures meant to keep you and our team safe & healthy.

Book Your Curated Tour of Alaska Today!

Co-owners Candace and Mandy founded Salmon Berry with the intention that Alaskan tours should be fun, safe, and ideal for people of all ages and genders. Our guides are enthusiastic and passionate about Alaskan history, wildlife, and nature, and they’re ready and willing to answer your questions while on our various tours. We’re fully insured, and we do our best to maintain sustainable touring practices to preserve the environment we know and love.

In addition to our tours of Independence Mine State Historical Park, we offer dog sled tours, wildlife adventures, and northern lights viewings. We look forward to welcoming you to Alaska and introducing you to the beauty, mystery, and magic of our state. Give us a call today at 907-278-3572 or fill out this form to ask questions or to schedule your tour!

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AJ Gold Mine Tour & Gold Panning

A unique tour of a historic gold mine.

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Relive Juneau’s mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world’s largest gold producing mill. Hear the story of this great mine that was once the heartbeat of Juneau.

  • PRICE: $75 ADULTS / $55 12 & UNDER
  • DURATION: 2 HOURS
  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY
  • LOCATION: JUNEAU

Following a brief ride along the beautiful Gastineau Channel, your driver will set the stage for your underground adventure.

Donning hard hats, the tour proceeds along a boardwalk into a 360 foot-long tunnel. An experienced miner will demonstrate hard rock mining techniques and acquaint you with the mining lifestyle.

Back at the mill the guide will explain why this mill was unique compared to others in the area. You will see the John Peterson 3 Stamp Mill in operation and you will try your own hand at panning for gold and garnets. Pay dirt is guaranteed and you keep what you find!

Wander through the displays and see the first steam engine brought to Alaska. Enjoy complimentary hot beverages and bring back that special something from the gift shop.

INCLUDED: Round-trip transportation from the Mt. Roberts Tramway, gold flakes captured from gold panning, hot beverages.

RESTRICTIONS: All ages welcome, this is a family friendly tour.  Handicap accessible.

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy. There is walking in the mine, it is well maintained and flat.

CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance in order to receive a full refund.  

WHAT TO WEAR: Dress warmly for the underground part of the tour.

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: Meet the shuttle bus in front of the Information Center, located in between the Mt. Roberts Tramway and Tracy’s Crab Shack. 

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AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour

AJ Mine/Gastineau Mill Mine Tour don hard hats and venture underground to relive Juneau’s mining heritage on a tour of what was once the world’s largest gold producing mill. After a presentation at the mill ruins, you will pan for gold and garnets. Wander among the displays and see the first locomotive brought to Alaska. Pay dirt is guaranteed and you keep what you find. Wander among the many displays, the ruins and the gift shop. Your driver will explain the mining industry’s current role in Juneau as you return to town. Dress warmly for underground portion of the tour.

See the John Peterson 3 Stamp Mill in operation. You can visit the gift shop/museum and enjoy complimentary hot beverages. The AJ Mine/Gastineau Mill Mine Tour has been featured on Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin, Dragonfly, Jack Hanna and many local productions. 907-463-5017

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Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure

Last Chance Basin Gold Panning & Mining Excursion in Juneau, Alaska

  • Experience the thrill of Juneau's gold rush history with our Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure Tour
  • Follow the footsteps of Joe Juneau and Richard Harris, tracing their historic route with a costumed prospector guide
  • Try hands-on gold panning at the famous Alaska-Juneau gold mine
  • Take home all the gold you find and a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate

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Historic Juneau Gold Panning & Mining Adventure

Relive Juneau's gold rush mining history and pan for gold in the authentic setting of Gold Creek on this Juneau cruise port trip.

Throughout this Juneau gold mine tour, a costumed prospector will guide you through a historic residential area in route to Last Chance Basin. You will trace the route taken by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold over 100 years ago. Near the famous Alaska-Juneau gold mine, one of the world's largest hard rock mining operations at its peak, you will get hands-on experience at Juneau gold panning in Gold Creek.

On this Juneau gold panning tour, you can choose to pan in the creek or the waist-high demonstration trough. Everyone of all ages, and those with limited mobility, can learn how to pan and capture the full gold-rush experience. You're guaranteed to find gold! And, all that glitters is yours to keep.

Around you are remnants of the original buildings of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which at the height of production, was the largest operation of its type in the world. You'll learn about the mining techniques that were used and more about the quest for gold that is so much a part of Alaska's history. Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate, all the gold you find and an appreciation of what it was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.

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Go for the gold! Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska’s gold mining history at the El Dorado Gold Mine. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad for an adventure into the goldfields of the Interior. A two-hour guided tour takes you through a permafrost tunnel where Alaska’s mining history comes alive.

Enjoy a walking tour of the mining camp, then meet and talk with Alaska miners as you learn about present-day prospecting methods. After a short course in gold mining, grab your own ‘poke’ filled with pay dirt right out of the sluice box and try your hand at panning for gold. Everyone finds gold, it’s guaranteed! El Dorado Gold Mine is an exciting hands-on adventure for the whole family. Complimentary coffee and fresh homemade cookies are available.

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Kennecott Copper Mine

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Kennecott Copper Mine - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

F. H. Moffit and S. R. Capps, “Geology and Mineral Resources of the Nizina District, Alaska,” USGS Bulletin 448, (Washington: GPO, 1911).   https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0448/report.pdf

A. H. Brooks, “Mineral Resources of Alaska,” USGS, Bulletin 662, (Washington: GPO, 1918).   https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0662/report.pdf

F. H. Moffit, “Mining in the Copper River Basin,” USGS, Bulletin 662c, (Washington: GPO, 1918). https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0662c/report.pdf

Stephen Birch, “Geology and Mining Methods of Kennecott Mines,” Mining and Metallurgy , (New York: AIME, 1924).

Douglass, William C., “A History of the Kennecott Mines, Kennecott, Alaska,” Alaska Division of Mines and Minerals, Miscellaneous Publication 21, October 1964.   ( http://doi.org/10.14509/723 , accessed 22 March 2018)

William R. Hunt, “Golden Places: The History of Alaska-Yukon Mining,” Chapter 13, Kennecott and Other Mines. (Anchorage, Alaska: National Park Service, 1990).   ( https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/yuch/golden_places/chap13.htm , accessed 22 March 2018)

Edward M. MacKevett, Jr., et al, “Mineral Deposits and Occurrences in the McCarthy Quadrangle, Alaska,” in Mineral Deposits of Alaska: Economic Geology Monograph 9 , R. J. Goldfarb and Lance D. Miller, eds. (New Haven: Economic Geology Publishing Company, 1997). (Alaska Mining Hall of Fame, http://alaskamininghalloffame.org/inductees/mackevett.php , accessed April 23, 2018)

Charles C. Hawley, “A Kennecott Story: Three Mines, Four Men, and One Hundred Years, 1887-1997,” (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014).

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This Abandoned Copper Mine In Alaska Is Like Nothing You've Seen Before

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Alaska has a fascinating history with the gold rush, railroads, and settlers coming in to explore this beautiful state. One incredible historical landmark combines all three; the Kennecott Mine, an abandoned copper mine outside of McCarthy – also known as the Mother Lode Mine in Alaska – and inside the gorgeous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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Get a closer look at this abandoned mine:

To learn more about this incredible piece of history, the Mother Lode Mine in Alaska, check out the Kennecott Mine page on the National Park Service website. And be sure to contact the Kennecott Visitor Center with any questions about Mother Lode Mine tours or other trip-planning questions.

Have you ever visited Kennecott or other abandoned places in Alaska? What did you think, and what other places have you visited? Let us know in the comments!

Headed out to see the mine? Make sure to check out more about McCarthy, a surprising Alaska town for an excellent weekend getaway!

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Can I visit any abandoned places in Alaska?

Abandoned places to visit in Alaska include:

  • Homer abandoned boat graveyard
  • King Island Inupiat village

Visiting abandoned places can make you feel as if you’ve discovered a forgotten time capsule and adventurous explorers will find many deserted destinations all across The Last Frontier. The astounding glacier views and striking stoney beaches of the Kenai Peninsula make it a popular tourist destination in Alaska and the charming town of Homer is a perfect basecamp to explore the region. Tucked away on the Homer Spit is a little-known abandoned boat graveyard easily accessible along the 4.5-mile walk down to Kachemak Bay.  About 40 miles off the west coast of Alaska is King Island where travelers can find the remnants of an abandoned Inupiat village . The settlement was once home to 200 residents but has been a ghost town since the 1970s, making it an unforgettably eerie ghost town.

What are the best man-made attractions in Alaska?

The best man-made attractions in Alaska include:

  • Aurora Ice Museum
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  • Dr. Seuss House

You could spend a lifetime trekking our state’s majestic natural landscapes and still not see everything. When sightseeing in Alaska, allow time to check out some of the unique manmade attractions as well. An hour north of Fairbanks is the stunning Chena Hot Springs resort home to the dazzling Aurora Ice Museum . Built with 1,000 tons of ice and snow this museum features ice sculptures and a bar where guests sip cocktails while admiring the works of art. In Tok, check out the whimsical Mukluk Land deemed the "Most Alaskan place in Alaska" by locals. This amusement park was once a junkyard now scattered with old arcade games, a Santa Claus rocket, and the largest mukluk in the world. Nestled in the woods outside of Talkeetna, the outlandish architecture of a private residence has garnered the nickname the “Dr. Seuss House” which stands at 185 high.

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Places to see in Alaska before you die include:

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Supreme Court rejects Alaska’s bid to revive Pebble Mine Project

F AIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Monday, January 8, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the State of Alaska’s bid to revive the Pebble Mine project.

This ruling upholds an action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block the development of the proposed copper and gold mine.

According to the Associated Press, the justices did not comment in turning away the state’s attempt to sue the Biden Administration directly in the high court over its desire to revive progress on the mine.

One year ago, the EPA stopped the mine proposal citing concerns with potential impacts it would have on Bristol Bay salmon fisheries... which produces half of the world’s sockeye salmon.

This ruling upholds an action by the EPA to block the development of the proposed copper and gold mine.

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    Root Glacier Hike (Full Day) Length: 8 hours Starting at: $155 / pp On this glacier hike day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, enjoy all the benefits of the half-day hike but with additional time to explore the Root Glacier's dynamic features. After "lunch with a view," the possibilities are endless. You... Browse itinerary

  2. Kennicott Mine & Ghost Town Walking Tour Guide

    Kennicott Mine & Ghost Town Walking Tour Guide | ALASKA.ORG Historic Park or Site McCarthy-Kennicott Historic Park or Site Kennicott Mine & Ghost Town Walking Tour Points About Getting There Map Detailed Guide This abandoned copper mining camp is a National Historic Landmark District.

  3. Kennecott Mill Tour

    1 Mile Terrain Flat gravel trail, steep switch-back gravel trail, steep stairs and ladders, uneven flooring Tour Length - Day Trip 2 Hours Dates Offered May 25th - September 8th, 2024 Tour Start Times 9:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm Additional 11:30am start time from July 1st - August 15th Age Limit

  4. AJ Mine and Gastineau Mill Tour

    Underground Juneau gold! Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world's largest gold producing mill. Hear the story of the great mine that was once the heartbeat of Juneau. Following a brief ride along the beautiful Gastineau Channel, your driver will set the stage for your underground adventure.

  5. AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour

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    Season: May 15 to Sep 15 Get a unique view of Alaska from an open-air, high-mobility ATV known as a Pinzgauer on this adventure tour of Alaska's mining history.

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    AJ Mine/Gastineau Goldmine Tours Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world's largest gold-producing mill. Hear the story of this great mine that was the heartbeat of Juneau. Constructed in 1913, the Alaska Gastineau Mill was a revolutionary plant that introduced new technologies to the mining industry.

  8. Independence Mine Historical Walking Tour In Alaska

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  9. Exploring Alaska's Hidden Gem: Kennecott Copper Mine

    Kennecott Copper Mine was more than just a mine; it was a self-sustaining community. The operation was divided into two main parts: the mines, where copper ore was extracted, and the mill town, where the ore was processed. From 1911 to 1938, the mine churned out nearly $200 million worth of copper.

  10. Kennicott / McCarthy

    Located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kennicott and McCarthy offer visitors a taste of Alaska's historic mining era and outstanding recreational opportunities. Find information on things to do, Kennecott Mine, hiking, rafting, lodging, and driving the McCarthy Road.

  11. Alaska Gold Panning Tours

    $54.95 2 hrs Hop aboard a nar­row-gauge train and get ready to stake your claim to gold on this two-hour tour of Gold Dredge 8. Learn all about how 100, 000 gold rush­ers fought the per­mafrost in their quest to get rich.

  12. AJ Gold Mine Tour & Gold Panning

    OVERVIEW Relive Juneau's mining heritage on a unique tour of what was once the world's largest gold producing mill. Hear the story of this great mine that was once the heartbeat of Juneau. PRICE: $69 ADULTS / $45 12 & UNDER DURATION: 2 HOURS ACTIVITY LEVEL: EASY LOCATION: JUNEAU Call to Book (907) 723-4890 Tour DETAILS

  13. AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tour

    Dress warmly for underground portion of the tour. See the John Peterson 3 Stamp Mill in operation. You can visit the gift shop/museum and enjoy complimentary hot beverages. The AJ Mine/Gastineau Mill Mine Tour has been featured on Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin, Dragonfly, Jack Hanna and many local productions. 907-463-5017.

  14. Juneau Gold Panning & Historic Mining Alaska Gold Rush Tour

    Follow the footsteps of Joe Juneau and Richard Harris, tracing their historic route with a costumed prospector guide. Try hands-on gold panning at the famous Alaska-Juneau gold mine. Take home all the gold you find and a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate. Price: $99.00.

  15. Gold Dredge 8 Excursion

    Description Go for the gold! Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at the El Dorado Gold Mine. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad for an adventure into the goldfields of the Interior. A two-hour guided tour takes you through a permafrost tunnel where Alaska's mining history comes alive.

  16. Juneau Underground Gold Mine and Panning Experience

    This tour was interesting and educational; we learned about the history of the mine itself, the Alaska mining industry in the early 1900s, and the technology and machines used in the mining and milling process. Gary led us on a tour of the underground mine, and he was a fantastic guide.

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    114 reviews #2 of 11 things to do in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve Mines Write a review About A massive copper mine which closed in 1938. Suggest edits to improve what we show. Improve this listing All photos (148) Top ways to experience nearby attractions Half Day Root Glacier Hike 18 Recommended Hiking Tours from $285.00

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    A Visit to the Kennecott Mines. National Historic Landmark, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. And Preserve, McCarthy, Alaska. June 10-14, 2017 Johnny and Dawn Johnsson. Dick And Elna Hauck. PHOTO GALLERY 3 OF 6. Narrative continues from Gallery 2…. The mill was fed by two aerial tramways bringing copper ore from 4-5 interconnected mines some ...

  19. Treadwell: Alaska's Lost Mine

    Treadwell: Alaska's Lost Mine tells the story of the Treadwell town & mine complex as a guided walking tour through the existing ruins with a narrative spanning the history of the site starting with the discovery of gold in 1880 and ending with the tragic cave in and flooding in 1917. Over the course of the tour, visitors will engage with ...

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    WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, MC CARTHY, ALASKA PHOTO GALLERY 1 It is a hike! The famous Kennecott Mines, the Bonanza, Jumbo, Mother Lode, Glacier, and Erie, were located about 4,000 feet above the Kennecott mill town.

  21. Independence Mine State Historical Park, Alaska

    An abandoned gold mine set in the spectacular Talkeetna Mountains stands as testament to Alaska's rich Gold Rush history. Independence Mine State Historical Park is a huge, abandoned gold mine that sits at the top of Hatcher Pass, a photogenic alpine passage that cuts through the Talkeetna Mountains in the Mat-Su Valley.The scenic journey above tree line and exploration of this this ...

  22. The Mother Lode Mine In Alaska Is Nothing You've Seen Before

    Alaska has a fascinating history with the gold rush, railroads, and settlers coming in to explore this beautiful state. One incredible historical landmark combines all three; the Kennecott Mine, an abandoned copper mine outside of McCarthy - also known as the Mother Lode Mine in Alaska - and inside the gorgeous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

  23. McCarthy-Kennicott Day Tours & Attractions

    Season: June 15 - September 1 $115+ 3+ hours Raft the gor­geous glac­i­er-fed rivers and ice­berg-filled lakes of the Alaskan back­coun­try out of McCarthy, an his­toric town in the heart of America's largest nation­al park, Wrangell-St. Elias.

  24. Supreme Court rejects Alaska's bid to revive Pebble Mine Project

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Monday, January 8, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the State of Alaska's bid to revive the Pebble Mine project. This ruling upholds an action by the ...