The fact of the matter is that there is a plethora of gemology-themed vacation destinations within the US that attract solo travelers and families alike!
Here are some of our favorite picks of the year:
Digging for diamonds?
Check out Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
Take your family, partner, and friend (or simply go alone) to a literal treasure trove full of diamonds, just waiting to be found.
In 1975, a visitor discovered a 16-carat wonder right here, while in 2015, an 8.5 carat diamond worth over $1 million was discovered. To date, over 30,000 diamonds have been found within the park. In addition, you have an appraiser available on site who can estimate the value of your precious findings!
Looking for something a bit different?
Head on over to Morefield Mine in Amelia, Virginia. An excellent opportunity to put your mining skills to test—here, you’ll find an abundance of amazonite, topaz, garnet and other minerals!
There’s more to the Big Apple than Broadway and pizza.
Crystal Grove Diamond Mine gives you a unique opportunity to discover gemstones within one of the busiest cities in the world.
Any specials on the menu?
Try the Herkimer diamonds and quartz—we hear they’re the real deal!
You also have the option to rent out your own prospecting tools. Pro tip: Keep a chisel and hammer handy to break down the rock—you’ll thank us later!
The US is an incredible place for gem-hunters and mineral collectors. And if you’re interested in expanding your collection, be sure to explore the rest of our blog for updates and insight on various new gem sites all over the region.
Honorable mentions include Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine in Montana and Rainbow Ridge Opal Mine in Nevada.
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