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Independence Mine State Historical Site, Alaska
What’s not to love about a visit to Independence Mine? You get to drive up to (or at least, near) a high-mountain alpine pass, enjoying beautiful views of the mountains. Plus, you get to hike around a preserved ghost town filled with buildings that supported the mining operation. And all of this is conveniently located about an hour north of Anchorage, Alaska. Independence Mine State Historical Area is located near Hatcher Pass, along Fishhook-Willow Road. As the name suggests, it connects the community of Fishhook with Willow, via Hatcher Pass (an unpaved road which is closed in winter). From Glenn …