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Alaska Travel Adventures. Gold panning is fun, especially for children, and Juneau is one of Southeast's best-known gold-panning towns. Sometimes you actually discover a few flecks of the precious metal in the bottom of your pan. You can buy a pan at almost any Alaska hardware or sporting-goods store. Alaska Travel Adventures has gold-panning tours near the famous Alaska-Juneau Mine. Juneau, AK, 99801. 800/323–5757 or 907/789–0052. www.bestofalaskatravel.com. From $59.