If you're planning a trip to Alaska, you have a few choices to make especially if it's your first year. It's best to have a destination in mind. Many claim owners will let you do some "recreational" mining on their claims, but you will need their permission first. You can also start out in some of the free mining areas and from their you can check out other possibilities. Information on these areas including maps can be obtained from the BLM or DNR office in Fairbanks.
Be sure to research the nearest "Roadhouse" in the area where you're headed. The Alaskan roadhouse is the mainstay of any community. They provide a store, restaurant, bar, fuel, propane, showers, laundry and even rooms to rent. And, they are scattered throughout Alaska and Canada.
Alaska is absolutely one of the most awesome states in America. The lure it has is like no other. It can cause to you behave in bizarre ways....like wanting to move there or never leave. It's truly amazing. And so is the fishing, the scenery and, of course, the gold.