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Real inspiration for Virtual Caches, part one

As we look forward to up to 4,000 new Virtual Caches to be published over the coming year, we’re sharing some fun, quirky, and downright cool caches that you can go out and find right now! After all, a Virtual Cache is all about discovering a location rather than a container.

Here’s a quick background on Virtual Caches for those who are new! The requirements for logging a Virtual Cache vary — you may be required to answer a question about the location, take a picture, complete a task, etc. In any case, you must visit the coordinates before you can post your log. Although many locations are interesting, a Virtual Cache should be out of the ordinary enough to warrant logging a visit.

You may have noticed “Part one” in the title, and you’re right! This is only the first post in a three-part series. There are already so many great Virtual Caches waiting to be found that we couldn’t include them all in one post. Be sure to keep an eye out for part two and three in the coming months!

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Now, without further ado, we give you four themed categories for Virtual Caches and some fun examples for each of them!

Natural
Geocaching started when a bucket was hidden in a forest and today geocachers still enjoy exploring the depth nature while hunting for smileys. Some Virtual Caches can be found on top of a mountain (GC8510 or GCJX6T), among beautiful desert scenery (GCD86E) or among a swampland, and a primeval forest (GCQC0N).

  • GC8510

Remote adventures
Virtual Caches are a great way to discover spots that you won’t find in your travel guide. Some lead on a 40-mile round trip hike to the ruins of the Anasazi Indians, others take you below the ocean to long-forgotten ships!

  • GC2EA3

Task
Some Virtual Caches require you to fulfill tasks in order to earn your smiley. Tasks range from simple: take a photo at the posted coordinates, to more engaging tasks such as a walking tour to several different locations, discovering the local history along the way.

  • GC735C

Quirky
Whether you are traveling someplace new or adventuring near home, there are always unusual and quirky places you can stumble upon with a little exploring. On your next adventure, a Virtual Cache might lead you to one of those places such as an off-the-wall museum (GCB6A8) or a unique sculpture park (GCJ8M8).

  • GCB6A8

Have a favorite Virtual cache? Share it in the comments!

  • Mark O’Ffill

    It has got to be Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum near Austin TX GCB6A8 (pics show in article above). The museum owner is a trip to visit with, and there are even toilet seats dedicated to geocachers! Eclectic and memorable! 448 fav points to date!

    Runners up for the eclectice – Cadillac Ranch also in TX – GCG71X and ORD Layover GC5165 (you can actually get it while IN the airport Chicago O’Hare), and also in an airport RWY42 GCA33A.

  • Steven Timmermans

    No need to rub it in… no reason to celebrate in Asia.

  • Marcello

    Some virtual are very ridiculous. How can you think at a cache in a German Cemetery in Vatican City where are allowed only German people who have relatives there buried? I live 1 km from there and cannot log it !!!!!

  • crusadercc

    Definitely agree on the Toilet Seat Museum! And since Barney is getting ready to sell the house and museum it will soon have to be disabled.

  • My overall virtual favourite is GCGW89 Paris Urban Invasion
    Seeking space invaders in Paris, France was really fun. This kind of art is what I like and the combination with geocaching as a virtual cache was perfect. Unfortunately the cache was archived because it was also possible to log the cache other places in the city.

  • Luciano Trindade

    No reason to celebrate in Brazil too

  • Charles

    With “Ich möchte bitte den Campo Santo besuchen” you get access to the Cemetry and so it wouldn’t be any problem to log this virtual.

  • O Stephen Peart

    Thank you for sharing this. I was of the opinion that virtuals were retired.

  • JimRKY

    Cool! I’m trying to get my wife to go to Austin to see the Xmas drag near UT (hope it’s still there! And with the roasted chestnut cart.) and the Drive-Through Xmas Display South of town…and of course the Gas Light towers (!). This will make a nice addition.

    Cadillac Ranch was a cool triplet on the way to the Grand Canon several years ago. I re-chromes the bumpers of the cars.