For a historical blast to the past chock-full of abandoned buildings and fascinating remnants, you have got to check out the Independence Mine State Historical Park. Head up to Hatcher Pass deep into the Talkeetna Mountains for one of the most incredible walking tours in the 49th state. For an extra amazing wow-factor, visit during a cold, dark, clear night and watch as the Northern Lights dance over the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

For an up close and personal look at all that you would experience on a walking tour through this historic gold mine, check out the excellent video footage below with even more great photos.

If you thought that video was great, you’ll die of happiness when you see the time lapse footage below of the Northern Lights dancing over Independence Mine in the snowy winter months. After watching this you’ll definitely want to add the mine to your fall/winter bucket list ASAP! There is nothing quite as magical as watching the Aurora Borealis over top snowy mountain peaks.

If you love checking out old mines in the last frontier, you’ve got to watch the truly grim footage captured at this abandoned cooper mine. It is out of this world!

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