This section provides a listing of "Gold Country" tourist attractions; old mining towns/ghost towns, exhibits, campsites and other fun things to do & see.
Note: There are also some great vacation places that are listed under "Ghost Towns." There is great gold mining towns of our past to explore!
Family Owned & Operated
We provide the following services:
Cabin Lodging, Gold Prospecting Tours, One -on-one and Group Instruction, Prospecting Equipment, Fishing Tours, Fish Preparation/freezer packing, Panning Lessons for Kids, Discounts on Rental Cars. All this and more
Idaho Springs, CO USA
Contact: Jim Maxwell
This mill was listed on the national register of historic places in 1978. We offer a tour which includes a brief history lesson, a tour of the "Double Eagle" gold mine and a tour of the "Argo Mill." Most of the milling equipment is still in place and includes a small museum with old mining and milling artifacts. The tour ends with a free gold panning lesson.
17712 Harvard Mine Road
Jamestown, CA 95327 USA
Call or text for appt.
Schools (mini bus only) call or email
Rated #1 Attraction on TripAdvisor in Jamestown, California!
As featured on NBC, FOX News, TV TOKYO, BBC and reported on the AP News Wire, learn to pan for gold with Internationally known "Miner John."
Gold Panning Kits/Paydirt. We are below snow level elevation.
Open 365 / By appointment. Rain or shine we will be open, please call for same day appointment
2736 Morrison Moore Pkwy. E.
Dahlonega, GA. 30533
Hours: 7 DAYS A WEEK from 10:00AM – 6:00 PM (Rain or Shine!)
Indoor panning for your comfort during the winter!
We are used to hosting tour groups, and we can accommodate your class, scout troop, or family. Families are always welcome without reservations. We have several options to choose from and you can spend an hour or all day at Crisson Gold Mine. Start planning your trip to beautiful Dahlonega and the Crisson Gold Mine.
Public Square, Box 2042
Dahlonega, GA 30533 USA
(Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST)
"The Dahlonega Gold Museum, one of Georgia’s oldest standing courthouse buildings, is a sentinel reminder of the spirit of America’s first major gold rush, a guardian of the region’s rich cultural legacy and is a symbolic heart for a historic community."
1803 Old Steese Hwy N.
Fairbanks, Alaska 99712 USA
Toll-free Phone: 1-907-479-6673 or 1-866-479-6673
Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at the El Dorado Gold Mine. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad for an adventure into the gold fields of the Interior. A two-hour guided tour takes you through a permafrost tunnel where Alaska's history comes alive. Enjoy a walking tour of our mining camp. Meet and talk with Alaska miners as you learn about present day placer mining methods. After a short course in gold mining, grab your own "poke" filled with pay dirt right out of a sluice box and try your hand at panning for gold. Everyone finds gold.
Doug Clark - Clark/Wiltz Mining
P.O. Box 586
Talkeetna, AK 99676 USA
The opportunity of a lifetime! Your chance to metal detect for large gold nuggets on one of Alaska's premier large nugget producing creeks - Ganes Creek, Alaska. The largest nugget found at Ganes Creek weighed 122 ounces - over ten troy pounds!
Miners Doug Clark and Dan Wiltz are making their ground available to the general public for the first time. Ganes Creek has produced over 250,000 ounces of gold... and much of the gold has been some of the largest nuggets ever found in Alaska. Thousands of acres of tailing piles contain nuggets lost by bucket-line dredges and inefficient bulldozer operations of the past. Nuggets have been found here by simply walking along and picking them up. The chances of finding very large nuggets on Ganes Creek with a metal detector are some of the best in Alaska. Roads and trails run the length of the operations, making access a breeze.
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Ph: 867-993-5023 or Fax: 867-993-6715
We provide escorted tours of our authentic gold mining operation on Gold Bottom Creek. We give explanations and demonstrations of historic and modern placer gold mining methods and processes; everything from staking a claim to selling the gold. We share our personal experiences and stories about life on the creeks! We have four clean, comfortable 12'X14' log cabins available if you'd like to stay over.
9410 Sylva, Hwy. 441
North Franklin, NC 28734 USA
Tours, rentals, gold mine for a day.
3875 Geist Road, Ste E 362
Fairbanks, AK 99709 USA
Ph: 1-907-978-4757 or 1-907-978-4757
Gold King Creek Alaska Adventures is located on the north face of the gold rich Alaska Range, (long 64’07.137 lat 148’00.170), which is 47 miles south of Fairbanks International Airport as the crow flies. At an elevation of 2,043 feet and surrounded by over 1,500 acres of state mining claims, we are nestled at the base of Keevy Peak, which reaches 7,399 ft.
Gold King has been mined since 1898, producing millions of t oz’s and is still producing today. We are a family oriented business with a combined total of 80+ years living the “Alaskan Lifestyle”. Although located off-the-grid, with our newly improved 5,500 foot gravel runway and expansion of the facilities, we have decided to open our hospitality to the public to come and try their luck in gold mining
Check our web site for amenities, mining activities and pay-to-mine packages.
There is also hunting packages for Moose, Caribou, black bear and wolves. Limited spaces available.
Lease a “real” Gold Mine for your next vacation!
Gold Mine Adventures provides family oriented Gold mining opportunities with FREE US Forest Service campgrounds at each location.
- The staff at Gold Mine Adventures search for unique Gold Mine claims that have not been commercially dredged or Hydraulically mined. This assures you incredibly rich Gold deposits on our Placer claims.
- All Gold Mine Adventures mining claims are child safe and senior friendly.
- The FREE US Forest Service campgrounds have room for tents, Fifth Wheel campers, and RV’s.
- These are primitive campsites with NO water or electricity, some have US Forest Service outhouses.
- Easy access to all Gold Mine Adventures claims with 2wd vehicles from paved roads.
- Gold Mine Adventures Claim Locations
Secesh River – Valley County, ID
Banner Creek – Boise County, ID
Ophir Creek – Boise County, ID
Groups are welcome! Email us for group rates.
Tankavaarantie 11 C, 99695
Ph : +358 16 626 171
Museum is open: Mon - Fri @ 10:00am - 4:00pm. Summertime 1.6.-30.9.2018 open every day @ 10am - 6pm
Tankavaara is home for the only international museum in the World displaying past and present of gold panning and prospecting. The basic exhibition presents the history of gold prospecting in Lapland. The Golden World, the international section, presents over twenty countries all over the World.
For letter mail use:
The Lucky Strike
251 Lucky Strike Lane
Marion, NC 28752 USA
Liz McCormick (Owner & Operator)
At the Lucky Strike Gold and Gem mine we have gold panning at the flume line with ore from the Second Broad River. We also have gemstone ore to screen thru to find your own precious gems. If you want to mine the old way, you can get in the river and use pans, sluice boxes, or a dredge.
Come and enjoy the learning experience of working with experienced miners and prospectors. Gem panning is very popular with our visitors. This can be a fun outing for the entire family.
We are open to the public all year 8:00 AM till 7:00 PM daily except DEC 25.
We are located close to lots of fun things to do and we invite you to our area. Our recreational gold and gem mine is in Western NC at Vein Mountain just south of Marion off Interstate 40 on highway 221 in McDowell County. We have a campground at the Lucky Strike, and local camping in the nearby area.
Please note, we are open to the public all year long!!
P.O. Box 1252
Nederland CO 80466 USA
Contact: Dan Martin
Location: State Hwy 119 at Hwy 72, 17 miles W. of Boulder, 40 miles N. of I-70
The Nederland, Colorado Mining Museum features equipment and documents (records, photographs, videos) relating to area gold, silver and tungsten mining. It is open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day or by request. Our prize acquisition is a Bucyrus 50B steam shovel, the only remaining tracked shovel left from 25 that dug the Panama Canal. This shovel was featured recently on the History Channel's "Mega Movers" series. Nederland is a small mountain town 17 miles due west of Boulder, Colorado.
PO Box 909
Alleghany, California 95910 USA
Incorporated in 1911 in California, the Sixteen to One Mine continues to intrigue people the world over. We invite you to use this website as you would use a library. Learn about gold, geology, California history, contemporary issues and the specifics of the Original Sixteen to One mining company.
Alleghany, CA 95910 USA
Go Underground! Tours of the Sixteen to One Mine are offered May through October. Tours are by reservation only.
07 5484 1226
504 Rossmore Rd, Kilkivan QLD 4600
Tours:Come and pan for gold, experts show you how, watch a gold pour, enjoy the bird life and take a stroll through our extensive gardens. We supply the pans and something to put your gold in. Yes, you can find gold! and if you do, you keep it. You can pan all day for $5.50 per person. No fossicking license required, as you are a guest of our mining lease. Small specs to match-head size are common. Nuggets are occasionally found. So remember, Lady Luck lays her treasure beneath the feet of those who would try.
Products for sale: Gold nuggets, opals, and other earth treasures. Stone products for landscaping and building industry. Mining and fossicking equipment.
9621 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, NC 28107 USA
Ph: 1-704-721-GOLD (4653)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed. The estimated value of gold recovered reached more than one million dollars a year. North Carolina led the nation in gold production until 1848, when it was eclipsed by the great rush to California.
Old gold mining town of Sumpter, Oregon
Sumpter Museums ~ No visit to Sumpter Oregon would be complete without visiting our Museums. Sumpter holds a rich historic heritage for visitors of all ages to enjoy! Our Sumpter Museums cover Sumpter's history from the gold rush and founding of our town in 1862, to gold dredging in the Historic Sumpter Valley....and don't forget our famous Sumpter Valley Steam Train! Visitors will discover historic buildings in Sumpter that survived the fire of 1917, including the Municipal Museum
building which the Museum shares with the Sumpter Library! Want to learn more?
Just jump on one of the library's computers to continue your search~its' free! Sumpter visitors can see the historic Monighan down at the Cracker Creek Museum of Mining at the South end of town. This outdoor museum also houses gold mining equipment actually used in Sumpter gold mines - check it out!
Visit our Museums in Sumpter Oregon ~ You'll be glad you did!
We are "Swift Creek Mine Ruby Alaska". The largest gold nugget ever found in Alaska, 294 troy oz, was located by Barry Clay at Swift Creek in 1998. While Barry continues to operate a commercial gold mine a limited number of guests will be allowed to come and metal detect for gold nuggets at Swift Creek and other area claims.
Now you can turn your Alaska vacation into a fun and profitable adventure. Beginning this summer a limited number of visitors will be able to come to Swift Creek and go metal detecting on Barry Clay's claims near Ruby in the Long/Poorman area. Including the claim where Barry found the 294 ounce Centennial Nugget in 1998. There are still many nuggets to be found and you'll keep all the gold you find.
See web site for details on cost and requirements for this great vacation area.
This site also has lots of historic info on the Ruby, Alaska gold rush town.
We are open every day 9:00-21:00
Tankavaara Gold Village, The gate of Lapland’s gold fields is located directly at the road E75, 30 km south of Saariselkä and 230 km north from Rovaniemi. Gold prospectors have taught visitors to pan gold for more than 40 years in Tankavaara.
Holds the Gold Panning Finnish open championships, Mölkky competition and Midsummer gold panning competition.
Vulture City, AZ USA
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