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Certes, la ruée vers l’or aux États-Unis s’est achevée au XIXe siècle, mais vous et votre famille pourriez encore y trouver le bon filon.

Une mine de richesses, qu’il s’agisse d’or, de diamants, d’opales ou autre, se trouve juste en dessous de la surface du sol. De quoi rentrer à la maison avec une belle récompense, mais aussi de magnifiques souvenirs de cette chasse aux trésors inoubliable avec vos enfants.

Strike Gold in Dalhonega, Georgia

Drive about 105 kilometers northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, to the authentic Appalachian mountain town of Dalhonega. This quaint town was the site of the USA’s first major gold rush in 1828 — a good 20 years before California’s Gold Rush. Though official mining has stopped at Consolidated Gold Mine — once the largest hardrock gold mine east of the Mississippi River — the site is open for visitors looking for the thrill of the gold rush. You and the kids can explore old mining tunnels before panning for your own precious metal in the mineral-rich sand from the nearby Chestatee River.

Les gens viennent chercher de l'or dans la Consolidated Gold Mine de Dalhonega, en Géorgie, depuis près de deux siècles.

Les gens viennent chercher de l'or dans la Consolidated Gold Mine de Dalhonega, en Géorgie, depuis près de deux siècles.
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Mine for Diamonds in Murfreesboro, Arkansas

About 175 kilometers southwest of Little Rock, Arkansas, Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public diamond-producing site in the world. The hunting grounds are the gem-rich eroded surface of an ancient volcano. You can rent buckets, screens and shovels to increase your chances of striking it big. Kids ages 6 and under search for free. When searching, keep your eyes peeled for rounded shapes and a shine in the rocks that looks like pearl or metal — the telltale signs of a diamond in the rough!

Guettez les reflets métalliques lors de vos fouilles dans Crater of Diamonds State Park, près de Murfreesboro, en Arkansas. Ce pourrait être un diamant.

Guettez les reflets métalliques lors de vos fouilles dans Crater of Diamonds State Park, près de Murfreesboro, en Arkansas. Ce pourrait être un diamant.
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Hunt for Opal in Spencer, Idaho

Idaho’s nickname is the “Gem State.” And at the open-air Spencer Opal Mines in eastern Idaho — only 140 kilometers west of Yellowstone National Park — you’ll soon learn why. Outfit your little ones in sturdy footwear and bring a spritzer bottle of water to help wash debris off rock piles during your search for opals. You can scour the rocks for the gems’ shiny opalescence between April and mid-October. You are welcome to leave with up to 0.45 kilogram of treasure for the cost of the dig ($10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4 to 12). You can take more rocks for an additional fee.

Les collines vertes autour de Spencer, dans l'Idaho, renferment un secret coloré : l'opale. Cherchez ces pierres précieuses aux multiples facettes sur le site de Spencer Opal Mines.

Les collines vertes autour de Spencer, dans l'Idaho, renferment un secret coloré : l'opale. Cherchez ces pierres précieuses aux multiples facettes sur le site de Spencer Opal Mines.
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Gather Garnet in North Creek, New York

They may not be a very valuable rock, but garnets — January’s birthstone and the official gemstone of New York State — are nonetheless a thrill to find. One of the world’s largest garnet deposits of garnets can be found about 375 kilometers north of New York City in the Adirondack Region. Located near the small mountain town of Lake George, New York, the family-owned Garnet Mine Tours occupies a historic mine that has operated since 1878. From June 30 through mid-October, you can pick up a pan and try their hand at sluicing in the babbling brook to search for the pretty dark-red jewels.

Vous voyez ces taches rouges sur la roche? Il s'agit de véritable grenat de l'État de New York.

Vous voyez ces taches rouges sur la roche? Il s'agit de véritable grenat de l'État de New York.
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Uncover Gems in Philipsburg, Montana

The chance to unearth a sparkling sapphire should be enough to draw your family to Gem Mountain, about 350 kilometers northwest of Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance in the tiny mining town of Philipsburg, Montana. Over the past 100 years or so, more than 180 million carats of sapphire have been unearthed at the Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine, and you could make the next discovery. Staff members are available year-round to instruct you and your family how to search spot a sapphire in the rough and enhance the color of your stone using a sapphire heating treatment. You’ll get wet and dirty during the search, but that’s all part of the fun.

Philipsburg est l'une des nombreuses petites villes minières de l'ouest du Montana où vous pouvez remplir vos poches de pierres précieuses éclatantes.

Philipsburg est l'une des nombreuses petites villes minières de l'ouest du Montana où vous pouvez remplir vos poches de pierres précieuses éclatantes.
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