X Marks the Spot
There is, perhaps, a little part of all of us that longs to channel our inner pirate and set out in search of buried treasure. Good news: You don’t need to endure months on the high seas to do so. Across the United States, there are operating mines and state parks where gold, sapphires, rubies, and other gems are available for public mining, whether you’re a burgeoning rockhound or a seasoned sluicer. Here are some of the best destinations for treasure hunting in America — just be sure to check their websites for opening dates, as many locations are operated seasonally.