Juneau, Alaska, US
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Approximately 1½ Hours
Meals not included
The year was 1880, and two prospectors, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris, found 'large pieces of quartz, of black sulfite and galena all spangled over with gold' in Gold Creek. Thus began Alaska's first gold rush, 16 years before the Klondike version. It set the stage for a colorful period in Alaska's history and for your very own opportunity to catch gold fever on today's tour.
A costumed prospector guide will escort you on the scenic and entertaining 20-minute ride to Last Chance Basin. Here, a prospector will provide a lively gold panning demonstration and narration about the gold rush days. Feel the thrill of discovery as, with expert instruction and a little luck of your own, you find guaranteed gold in the bottom of your pan. Not only will you keep what you find, you'll also receive a Gold Claim Certificate as a fun memento. The gold panning portion of the tour takes place in a serene setting where gold is plentiful.
Due to a temporary road closure for repairs, the gold panning will move from Gold Creek in Last Chance Basin to the site of the old Wagner Mine for the beginning of the season. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair.