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Top 5 Strike It Rich Vacation Spots

Updated on July 3, 2012

Places You Will Really Dig

The annual family vacation destination can be a difficult decision to make from time to time. I’m sure you’ve experienced the pressures from growing and maturing offspring in your family as their tastes change in music, clothing, foods and the activities that they consider “fun”. This pressure can affect the decision about where to spend the annual family vacation inasmuch as the familiar destinations may not now satisfy the ”no longer silent” majority in your family. If you’re looking for a different kind of trip, why not consider a strike it rich vacation spot?

What is a strike it rich vacation spot, you ask?

Let me answer your question by asking a question. Did you know that there are places in the United States where a person can actually dig for precious metals and gems? I did a bit of research and was amazed to find so many places across our big, beautiful country that actually allow you to mine or dig for gems and keep what you find! Can you imagine digging up gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, aquamarine, opals and turquoise, jade and gold nuggets!

Why you could even mine for thunder eggs! I’ll bet you’ve never heard of thunder eggs either. I hadn’t either but apparently, this official rock of Oregon looks like an ordinary rock you’d find anywhere. But the cool part is, when you crack it open, you can find crystals of things like agate, opal, amethyst, quartz, hematite or even jasper inside. So, do I have your attention yet? OK Great! Let’s talk about top 5 places where you can take your family to “strike it rich”.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Now everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so why not try to surprise your favorite girl(s). This top 5 strike it rich vacation spot, located in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is probably the only place, not only in the United States but perhaps also on the planet, that allows the visiting public to actually dig for diamonds. They have 37.5 acres of volcanic crater that has experienced years of erosion on which you can search and dig to your heart’s content. If you think you have found a real treasure, they have professionals on the premises that can examine and register it for you. Whatever you find is yours to take home. And diamonds aren’t the only treasures you could find! This park is home to and can boast of over 40 different minerals and crystalline rocks, both precious and semi precious ones, that are being found annually.

Of course, it is a park, so you can walk, hike and enjoy the thrills of a water park as well as picnic and fish in the Little Missouri River. There are activities abounding that are sure to please everyone in your family.

Roaring Camp Gold Mine

How about a digging experience in a gold mine for an unusual top 5 strike it rich vacation spot trip! This camp is located in Pine Grove, California on the banks of the Mokelumne River. Roaring Camp Gold Mine was located during the 1850 gold rush and, believe it or not, it is still in operation! You can sharpen your skills in gold prospecting, or, enjoy activities like rafting, hiking, swimming, rock climbing and fishing. They will supply you with all the gear you need for gold prospecting as well as the beautiful scenic setting for your gold mine experience.

Rockhound State Park

This top 5 strike it rich vacation spot is a scenic park located in Deming, New Mexico and is the home of the famous “Thunder Egg”. This geographical structure called a thunder egg is pretty much spherical in shape and is composed of solidified lava that is rich in silica. It has the appearance of an ordinary rock formation but, the surprise comes when you crack it open, you will find crystals of minerals like opal, amethyst, quartz, hematite and jasper. This park, located on the slopes of Florida and Little Florida mountains, does have a limit to how much you can take with you. They allow 15 pounds of rock to go home with you. You can also picnic and hike when you tire of thunder egg hunting. The surrounding countryside will leave you speechless!

Cherokee Ruby Mine

Let’s travel back to the East Coast of our beautiful country and take a look at this ruby mine located in Franklin, North Carolina. I think the ruby is probably one of the most beautiful of the precious gems and you can find some absolutely gorgeous ones in this mine located in the Cowee Valley in North Carolina. But, wait! Rubies aren’t the only precious gems waiting to be found! In this top 5 strike it rich vacation spot, there is a horde of other naturally occurring gemstones like moonstone, sapphire and garnet. They have professionals available to help you recognize your treasures and give you some helpful tips to guide you.

Emerald Hollow Mine

This top 5 strike it rich vacation spot, located in Hiddenite, North Carolina, is probably the only emerald mine in the United States that allows the visiting public to mine for gems. They do not provide the experience for free. You will be charged per bucket of mine gravel to sift through or you may actually dig for the gems with the payment of an additional charge for a permit. This mine, too, is home to many other naturally occurring gemstones like sapphires, topaz, aquamarine, garnets and amethysts to name a few. They also provide professionals to teach you how to mine and to identify your treasures.

So, check out the options and treat your family to one of the most unusual vacations they may likely ever experience! Try a top 5 strike it rich vacation spot this year.


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