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Planning A Summer Trip to Alaska? Don’t Leave Home Without The Alaska TourSaver

By Lakshmi:

If you are planning a summer trip to Alaska, you MUST check into the Alaska TourSaver Book and get one or two before departing home.

Why?  Because for $99.95 you can get the Alaska TourSaver Book which is just packed with savings offers which will save you a ton of money in one of America’s most beautiful but expensive states.

The Alaska TourSaver Book is a coupon book that is filled with 115  deals to save you money on all kinds of activities in Alaska including hotels, helicopter tours, rafting, whale watching, etc.  Many of the deals are two for one, which means that for a very expensive helicopter tour, you can get two people to go for one price.  If you buy two books, four can go for the price of two.

You can buy the Alaska TourSaver Book online at https://www.toursaver.com/order/ for $99.95 plus shipping and handling.  Additionally, for those wanting to forgo paper, you can order the TourSaver app on iTunes or GooglePlay for the same price.

We were a family of four traveling to Alaska and each of the activities we wanted to experience added up to an incredibly expensive affair. For example, taking a 4.5 hour glacier tour in Whittier would cost you $119 or $476 for a family of four.  With two TourSaver Books, you would pay only $238, thus recovering the cost of the books with just one activity.  So if a family of four took a road trip from Fairbanks to Seward and did a number of things along the way, here is a sampling of savings they would get with the purchase of two books:

– Get 2 tours on the Riverboat Discovery for free ($119.90 in savings)

– Get two Heli-Hikes in Denali for free ($1050.00 in savings)

– Take two people for free on a spectacular train journey from  Fairbanks to Denali ($272.00 in savings)

– Get two gold mine tours for free ($79.90 in savings)

– Get two ATV adventures in Denali ($210.00 in savings)

and much much more!

To check out the complete list of activities available, click here:


So, this is really one of those deals that is not worth debating – you just need to get it!

Panning for Gold at the El Dorado Gold Mine in Fairbanks, Alaska

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone visiting Fairbanks with or without kids and wants to have a fun adventure or get a feel for panning for gold.

What? Gold panning at the El Dorado Gold Mine

How? The El Dorado Gold Mine is located at

1.3 Mile Elliott Hwy
Fox, AK 99709
Telephone: 907-479-6673
Toll Free: 1-866-479-6673

Adult Rates: $34.95
Child Rates (3-12): $22.95
Infants under 3: FREE

Why?  Throughout the evolution of mankind, there has been a fascination with the precious yellow metal, gold.  We are no different, proving us to be very qualified to be part of the human race.  Many years ago, the Swissotel in Chicago ran a promotion where they hid gold bars in select rooms and whoever found these could keep them.  We searched our room upside down, but left empty handed.  So during our visit to Alaska, when the opportunity to pan for gold came up, we could not resist.

The kids were excited as well and the thought of keeping whatever gold they found was enticing.  So off we trotted in our car to the El Dorado Gold Mines.  During a two hour guided tour, we rode on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad (the original transported miners across gold camps), passed through the Permafrost Tunnel where a miner demonstrated how gold is identified and mined and finally ended up at the much awaited spot to pan for gold.

We were handed our own poke filled with pay dirt right from the sluice box.  We started panning, continually seeking that much elusive gold.  Eureka!  Each of us did get to pan a microscopic portion of gold which was weighed and provided to us in a little bottle which occupies a place of pride in our home.

This adventure was worth every penny for a fun, anticipation filled hands on education on gold mining and panning.

A Half Day 26 Glacier Cruise – Prince William Sound, Alaska

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone who is visiting Alaska, has a stop in Anchorage, has a day to spare and would love a day filled with indescribable beauty.

What? 26 Glacier Day Cruise offered by Phillips Cruises and Tours.

How? You can do what we did, which is rent a car and drive an amazingly picturesque 60 miles from Anchorage to Prince William Sound to catch the cruise or take a train or motor coach to Prince William Sound.  The cruise costs $139 for adults, $79 for kids and there is a $19.95 tax.  The Alaska Tour Saver Book offers buy one get one free coupons making the whole experience more affordable.

Why?  First, the ride from Anchorage to Prince William Sound along the Seward Highway provides absolutely stunning vistas.  Once you get to Prince William Sound, you board a five-hour cruise to see the 26 glaciers.  The glaciers are absolutely spectacular, the hues in their color just hard to put into words and standing aboard the deck literally within touching distance of these glaciers is magnificent.  We actually saw blocks of ice break off and fall into the water.  While the intent of the tour is certainly to see a number of glaciers, the journey offers so many more compelling reasons on why a visit to Alaska must be on everyone’s radar.  We saw bald eagles, harbor seals, killer whales, sea otters and a mountain goat all in their natural habitat.  We saw more flora and fauna per square inch than most other places.  While we spotted many of these on our own, our park ranger navigator’s commentary helped us see so much more.  Please do bring a pair of binoculars, maybe a couple or you are stuck waiting to borrow one from your neighbor and risk missing a sight!

To learn more about the 26 Glacier Cruise, click here:


To learn more about the Alaska TourSaver book, click here: