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“Fun gold-panning, but racial bigotry spoilt the visit”

Indian Valley Mine National Historic Site
Level 6 Contributor
557 reviews
248 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Fun gold-panning, but racial bigotry spoilt the visit”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

This is a tacky tourist trap. But if you know that from the start, you can still have a nice visit gold-panning. We'd seen other gold-panning establishments where the dirt you buy is 'seeded' with gems from around the world. We hoped this might be a little more authentic.

You have to pay $1 each for visiting the 'museum mine' - a clear rip off as the 'museum' comprises a shed with unidentified old tools in it. The information boards are illegible, and I left no wiser about gold-panning from the museum than when I arrived.

However, we decided to do the gold-panning experience since we were in Alaska. The owner demonstrated how to pan and it was good - we enjoyed sifting our dirt over the sluice trough and spotting our grains of gold which we got to keep. He showed us the techniques, it was a lovely sunny day, and we enjoyed ourselves.

We wish the experience had ended there, but a younger woman got talking to us and the conversation revealed a level of racial and religious bigotry I have never before experienced. We felt really uncomfortable, and being handed a handwritten tract from the Koran as we left to 'prove' her bigoted opinions against Moslems did nothing to endear the place to us.

So, despite the fun gold-panning, give this place a wide berth. Hence my very low rating.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great place for a quick stop”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

On our way from Seward to Talkeetna, we stopped here to learn about how to pan for gold. Our guide and the owner of the place took us on a short tour of the historic buildings. His wife ran a small gift shop where you could also buy drinks. The views were beautiful here. Our tour guide truly seemed to love this place and the history around it. He helped my kids pan for gold, and they each found a few gold flakes to keep. It was $1 admission for the short tour and then the panning was extra depending on how much dirt you got. We had a two for one coupon that we used. The restroom facilities were a nicely kept outhouse and a hand pump to wash your hands. It was rustic but it seemed well-suited for the setting!

Visited June 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
“Best Bed and Breakfast ever!!!”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Me and my girlfriend had the most amazing time at the Bed and Breakfast. The service and hospitality was outstanding, the view jaw dropping, the rooms immaculate, and the food was incredible. This is a 5 star bed and breakfast all the way around and it was only 10 minutes from the ski slopes in Girdwood. We did an excellent hike in the woods nearby and the view of the ocean is postcard perfect. This was our favorite stay on our Alaskan adventure and we couldn't be more pleased with it. Excellent value and we can't wait to come back!!!

Mike and Ravit

Visited March 2013
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Eagle River, Alaska
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“fun place to visit”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Lots to look at. beautiful site. good place to take a break. This is located on the Turnagin arm and has bore tides that can be seen.

Visited August 2012
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Chugiak, Alaska
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“No place like Indian”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

On the Turnagain Arm, the only flat land is on the inlet. The rest is all up, but that doesn't keep Indian from being one of the most interesting stops on your way to Girdwood. Very rustic and colorful, I'd advise visiting the reindeer meat factory as well. A little blustery at times, so always carry a jacket.

Visited September 2012
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