It is hard to believe that my vacation in Alaska is almost over! From my time wandering around Anchorage to exploring Denali National Park and cruising down the Chena River. I have loved every minute of my Alaska vacation. After I stepped off the Riverboat Discovery, I was able to spend a little more time in Fairbanks. But it wasn’t long until it was time for me to head over to Dawson City, Yukon.
Before I left Fairbanks, I decided to check out Gold Dredge 8. This area is where more than 100,000 people spent time trying to strike it rich by searching for gold. A quick ride on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad had me at the gold field in no time.
The dredge is the machine that helped the people during their search for gold. It basically scooped up dirt and panned it. It was exciting to go through the debris on the dredge tailings, as I searched for gold.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find enough gold to make me rich. But I did have a fabulous time learning something new!
It wasn’t long before I said goodbye to Gold Dredge 8 and Fairbanks, Alaska. My sights were set on the next portion of my journey. I boarded a flight to Dawson City, Yukon!
I arrived in Dawson City later in the afternoon, so I didn’t get to explore too much that first day. But the following day was spent checking out this town.
I’m not sure if you have heard about Dawson City before. It is a town most people have heard something about and yet hardly anyone chooses to visit there. It’s a shame, because I enjoyed my visit immensely.
While I was there, I managed to wander around the Jack London Museum. Jack London’s cabin was originally near Dawson City. It was brought to this area after his death. The cabin is now part of the museum dedicated to him.
I discovered the best way to explore Dawson City, Yukon was by taking one of the numerous walking tours. There are a few to choose from. The one I did lasted a couple hours, and I saw the most important sights in the area.
One of the last things I did was hire a driver to take me up to the top of Midnight Dome. I really wasn’t feeling the five-mile round trip hike! The views from the Midnight Dome are stunning and worth the trip to the top.
Oh, and I didn’t have any more success at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall then I did while panning for gold. But it was fun to walk through Canada’s very first casino.
My Alaska vacation quickly came to an end after my time in Dawson City, Yukon. If you have never been to this part of the country, I highly recommend you plan a vacation in Alaska really soon. It’s quite a unique area that you will love.
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