Interested in a hands-on travel experience that might just pay for itself? Visit these gem-hunting sites, and you may well leave with gemstones like amethyst, rubies, and even diamonds.
Amateur treasure hunters will be interested to know that for only $6 for adults and $3 for kids, they can scour for precious stones at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds Park, keeping any gems that they find.
The park’s visitor center explains the area’s geology and history, and the staff provides free gem identification and certification.
At Gem Mountain, North Carolina, admission and gem inspection are free, but you’ll have to pay $15 for digging supplies.
In Georgia, Gold and Gem Grubbin lets you pan their creek for gold nuggets and gemstones like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
The cost for a half-day is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children, while a full-day costs $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids.
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