Alaska has a fascinating history, packed with tales of the gold rush, railroads, and settlers coming in to explore this beautiful state. One incredible historical landmark combines all three: the Kennecott Mine, an abandoned copper mine outside of McCarthy – also known as the Mother Lode Mine in Alaska – and tucked inside the gorgeous Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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To learn more about this incredible piece of history, check out the Kennecott Mine page on the National Park Service website.  And be sure to contact the Kennecott Visitor Center with any questions! The Mother Lode Mine is open for tours, but hours do vary.

Have you ever visited Kennecott or any other abandoned places in Alaska? What did you think, and what other places have you visited? Let us know in the comments!

Headed out to see the mine? Make sure to check out more about McCarthy, Alaska – this surprising Alaska town is perfect for a weekend getaway! In fact, this cabin is packed with amenities AND views.

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Can I visit any abandoned places in Alaska?

Abandoned places to visit in Alaska include:

  • Homer abandoned boat graveyard
  • King Island Inupiat village

Visiting abandoned places can make you feel as if you’ve discovered a forgotten time capsule and adventurous explorers will find many deserted destinations all across The Last Frontier. The astounding glacier views and striking stony beaches of the Kenai Peninsula make it a popular tourist destination in Alaska and the charming town of Homer is a perfect basecamp to explore the region. Tucked away on the Homer Spit is a little-known abandoned boat graveyard easily accessible along the 4.5-mile walk down to Kachemak Bay. About 40 miles off the west coast of Alaska is King Island where travelers can find the remnants of an abandoned Inupiat village. The settlement was once home to 200 residents but has been a ghost town since the 1970s, making it an unforgettably eerie ghost town.

What are the best man-made attractions in Alaska?

The best man-made attractions in Alaska include:

  • Aurora Ice Museum
  • Mukluk Land
  • Dr. Seuss House

You could spend a lifetime trekking our state’s majestic natural landscapes and still not see everything. When sightseeing in Alaska, allow time to check out some of the unique manmade attractions as well. An hour north of Fairbanks is the stunning Chena Hot Springs resort home to the dazzling Aurora Ice Museum. Built with 1,000 tons of ice and snow this museum features ice sculptures and a bar where guests sip cocktails while admiring the works of art.

In Tok, check out the whimsical Mukluk Land deemed the "Most Alaskan place in Alaska" by locals. This amusement park was once a junkyard now scattered with old arcade games, a Santa Claus rocket, and the largest mukluk in the world. Nestled in the woods outside of Talkeetna, the outlandish architecture of a private residence has garnered the nickname the “Dr. Seuss House” which stands at 185 high.

What places in Alaska should I see before I die?

Places to see in Alaska before you die include:

  • Denali National Park
  • Borealis Basecamp
  • Exit Glacier

Our state boasts the most jaw-dropping terrain in the nation making it nearly impossible to narrow down the must-see places in Alaska. The mind-boggling 6 million acres of Denali National Park is home to the highest mountain peak in North America making it the most popular Alaskan destination. Catching a glimpse of the northern light’s brilliant colors is an unforgettable experience and there’s no better spot to see them than Borealis Basecamp. Located just outside of Fairbanks, modern geodesic igloos dot the boreal forest where guests can view the night sky through the clear ceiling of their cozy dome. In the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains, an easy trail winds through pristine woodlands to an outlook where hikers can marvel at the dramatic ice-blue Exit Glacier.

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