Modern-day prospecting: 4 ways to find hidden treasure on your next trip
This undated photo provided by Forrest Fenn shows a chest purported to contain gold dust, hundreds of rare gold coins, gold nuggets and other artifacts. (AP / Jeri Clausing)
Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:30AM EDT
Buried treasure is not just the stuff of movies and books, but can be part of your next holiday. If you love adventure, consider travelling to these destinations to search for hidden goods.
Hundreds of fortune seekers have flocked to New Mexico in search of a multi-million dollar treasure that was hidden by U.S. art dealer and writer Forrest Fenn.
After his cancer went into remission, Fenn became inspired to hide a chest full of gold, jewelry and ancient carvings somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. He hid the loot in 2010, free for the taking for anyone who discovers it.
To help out hunters, Fenn left a series of clues in a 24-line poem he wrote and included in his book "The Thrill of the Chase." He's also given out additional clues on the box's whereabouts on U.S. TV.
In January 2015, Fenn confirmed that the treasure has still not been found.
Nova Scotia's Oak Island has been attracting fortune-seekers for years.
As the legend goes, three teenage boys stumbled across a strange man-made hole on the island in 1795. As they began to dig into the "money pit," they came across several different artifacts, which sparked rumours that there was loot buried in the pit.
Over time, others have joined in to continue the excavation, essentially kicking off a lengthy treasure hunt. Excavations on the island are now handled and led by the private company Oak Island Tours.
Head to Sin City, equipped with your best GPS devices and smartphones, to hunt out hidden geocaches.
Geocaching involves hunting for a hidden "stash" or "geocache" of items, left by others, by using a GPS device and following a series of clues. The geocaches are typically hidden in a geographically or historically significant location.
A traditional geocache comprises a waterproof container containing a log book, a pen, and other tradable items. Finders are expected to log their visit in the book, post their findings online and head off in search of the next geocache.
While the activity is popular around the world, the Vegas area is fast becoming a geocaching hub.
One popular geocache directs searchers to the Pioneer Saloon, which was built in 1913 and is one of the oldest bars in the state of Nevada.
Dubbed as the only diamond-producing site in the world that's open to the public, Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas allows visitors to search for gems in a large 151,000 square-metre field.
The field is made up of the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, which brought diamonds and semi-precious stones to the region more than 100 million years ago.
Anything that visitors unearth during their visit to the park is theirs to keep. But if they don’t find any treasures, their visit won’t be for naught, there are also hundreds of acres of natural forest in the park to explore.