Family vacations are a fun time to bond, but theme parks and nature hikes can become tedious. After a while, it helps to have something new to try.
What better way to come closer together than trying the time-honored tradition of prospecting? Digging for gems is a fun way to experience the outdoors while enjoying a historical activity.
You may even find a natural souvenir to bring home! Below are some of the top places for families to dig for gemstones.
Lake Tahoe, one of the most-loved lakes in the country, can be found where bustling California meets Nevada in the Sierra Nevada region. Halfway between Sacramento, California, and the world’s biggest little city, Reno, Nevada, can be found one of the most popular outdoor destinations.
Surrounded by Smoky Mountain views and beautiful southern scenery, Asheville has long been a top place to visit, as well as to live. Asheville is the 11th largest city in the state of North Carolina, and this historic area has much to offer.
From unique tourist attractions to iconic historic buildings, Asheville is an ideal destination for any time of year. Whether you prefer to hike through the winding trails in the warmer seasons or explore when it becomes a winter wonderland, there are many things to love about Asheville.
Located in the upper center of the state alongside the Buckhannon River is the historic city of Buckhannon, West Virginia. Here, this quaint county seat is surrounded by rich scenery, historic buildings, and many unique offerings for a memorable trip. One of the best traits is that there is a fair amount of historical and modern attractions to enjoy. Ranging from exciting community events to outdoor recreational opportunities.
Any fan of baseball has heard the name “Cooperstown.” But they may not know of its reputation as being America’s Perfect Village. This upper state New York retreat is home to peaceful views of Lake Otsego, lush New England Foliage, and a quaint small town appearance. Despite having been founded in 1786, the village has retained much of its original charm. Visitors can look forward to many interesting landmarks, as well as plenty of opportunities for their favorite outdoor recreational activities.
Nantucket has long been home to the nation’s best limericks. Also, home of some of the single most idyllic photographs capturing the natural beauty of New England. Found off of the coast of Cape Cod, and neighbor to Martha’s Vineyard is Nantucket. Nantucket is known for having an active arts and culture center. In addition, the city has rich historical sites and charming local shops and eateries.
Maybe it’s the serene visage from the ground below, or perhaps a primal yearning to climb to the top. Nonetheless, wherever mountains are, people will follow. And although some cities have managed to capitalize on a seemingly mountain-based tourism economy, other areas of the country have still remained small. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is one such area.
While the east coast seems to have the corner of the market on quaint historic towns, those in the Pacific Northwest are home to a hidden small gem of their own. Jacksonville, Oregon, was originally a gold mining town back in the 1850’s. It then continued to gain prominence until the railroad pushed many to leave. However, much of the city is preserved as a National Historic Landmark. And this is a convenient location for those seeking a quiet adventure.
For generations, Hanover, New Hampshire has been an eclectic destination for families, couples, business travelers, and more. Hanover has managed to retain its classic small town appeal while developing modern-day area attractions to discover. This New England spot is a hub for college students and families with an idyllic downtown. Here’s our guide to this charming New England small town.