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“Definitely worth the trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Independence Mine State Historical Park

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Owner description: Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Definitely worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2013

While researching our Alaska trip, it was suggested that we stay in more affordable Palmer, outside of Anchorage. And, since I had kids, it might be fun to stop at the mine. Best advice ever!

The drive from Denali took longer than expected, so we didn't arrive at the mine until 4:00, as the visitor center was closing and everyone was leaving. I was disappointed, but ready to explore on our own. We spent the next few hours hiking all around the historic buildings and up on to the hill behind it. Weather was cloudy, even raining occasionally. That only added to our experience, as my youngest remarked, "I'm glad no one's here, it's easier to imagine what it used to be like in the old days." Although all there were no guides to lead us, there are plenty of informative displays to do a self-guided tour. A couple buildings were open, so we could go in and see photos and maps.

It was an educational and fun day, one of the best opportunities we had to just simply enjoy the beauty of Alaska. I highly recommend spending a leisurely afternoon exploring the area.

Visited August 2012
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Lynnwood, Washington
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“Gorgeous surroundings, Interesting interpretation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

Just getting here is a treat. You drive up and up in the mountains, and then finally reach the mine. It is interpreted very well, and there are tours that can be taken, but we didn't allow time for one of those. I wish we would have. Even so, there is a very nice, easy path around the old buildings with very good signs explaining how things were in the hayday of this mine.

Visited July 2012
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The Mine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

A great place to take visitors. Awesome views, nice history lesson, great place to hike and pan for gold!

Visited July 2012
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Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“History + scenery = definitely a winner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2012

Wish we'd had more time - an hour was only long enough to walk up from the parking area and complete a short loop around the fascinating buildings. It's an unbelievably scenic area, and if you're even remotely historically inclined, the beauty is heightened by the drama of the old mine buildings, some of them very dilapidated.

Visited September 2012
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“Great way to spend an afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Very interesting and great place to take pictures. There are lots of old buildings and ruins to check out. You need to make sure you are dressed for the weather. When I went a few weeks ago, it was chilly and windy. I hiked around the gold mine on their trails. The trails were well maintained. There were a few longer hikes that went farther up the mountain. They looked like fun!!

Visited September 2012
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