Relive Juneau's gold rush history and pan for gold at Last Chance Basin, site of the original gold strike in 1880. Head out with a prospector/guide, who is dressed in replica 19th-century clothing. You'll tour Juneau and see the state Capitol building. Then, turn up the road to Gold Creek, stopping at Last Chance Basin where Joe Juneau and Richard Harris struck gold in 1880. In a beautiful, secluded setting alongside Gold Creek (only accessible under this tour's special permit) your prospector/guide shows you how gold panning is done. Then, it's your turn, as you learn how to expertly work the pan with helpful tips and advice. You can choose to pan in the creek, or from the waist-high half-barrels. Every one of all ages, including 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. At the height of production, A-J 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 is was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.
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Bird Watching & Nature Walk Tour
This tour is geared for a variety of guests-avid bird watchers working on their bucket lists, people simply interested in learning more about birds, and for companions of bird watchers of all levels. Alaska's bird checklist includes 445 documented species and an additional 35 unsubstantiated species. This tour focuses on birding and incorporates the natural history of the area. Habitats to be explored include the seashore, estuary, muskeg, and the rain forest. Participants will learn about the birds that live in the Tongass National Forest - the largest temperate rain forest in the world. Sightings may include eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, redheaded sapsuckers, orange-crowned warblers, thrushes, and winter wrens and sea ducks in season. You will spend two hours in the field looking for birds, covering up to two miles on foot.
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Bear Creek Zipline Adventure
Enter the fly-zone on this rain forest eco-adventure for those seeking excitement and exhilaration. Featuring seven zip lines, 10 lofty tree platforms, Alaska's longest sky-bridge, a 250-foot-long mountain slide, and rappeling, this is the ultimate Alaska action experience. Your adventure begins with a ride up a steep hillside in a custom all-terrain 4x4 Unimog to the briefing camp. After outfitting and orientation, it's an uphill hike via an improved rain forest trail to a ground-based practice zip line, where your guide introduces you to zipping. This is your first encounter with the 5,200 feet of dual cable zip lines, intersected with a 250-foot-long suspension bridge, providing an aerial view of Bear Creek and a forest waterfall. You will rappel to the ground from the last tree platform. Speeding down the mountainside will be one of the highlights of your zip line adventure. Experience panoramic ocean, forest and mountain views from the tree platforms on this exciting adventure at a rain forest reserve, just eight miles from Ketchikan. In addition to tall stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar, the ecosystem here supports an extensive wildlife population. Eagles and bears are often sighted. Gear down at the base camp, where each participant is presented with a special award in recognition of his/her achievement. View your action photograph and shop in the General Store before returning to the ship.
Dawson: Gold Fields Jeep Tour
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Drive your own Jeep 4x4 on this guided back country tour. You'll climb 4000 feet to King Solomon's Dome while driving through 60 miles of rugged Yukon valleys where modern-day goldrushers seek their fortune.
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise
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Sail the dazzling blue waters of Kenai Fjords National Park through Resurrection Bay and see Whales, Sea Otters and Seals along the shore, Puffin rookeries on the rocks, and Bears, Moose and Mountain Goats onshore. Tidewater glaciers calve huge sheets of ice as you cruise by, enjoying your lunch on board this 6-hour cruise.