Be #Inspired by 197 of the Best #Geocache Hides

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Just Follow the Favorite Points to the #OMGeocache

There’s a difference between finding a good geocache and finding a geocache that makes your jaw drop, racks up the Favorite Points, and inspires geocachers around the world. We call these #OMGeocaches.

Fortunately, finding these geocaches isn’t too hard. You can see some for yourself on the Geocaching Pinterest board with 197 Creative Geocache Hides. Every week, the blog features one of these geocaches as Geocache of the Week. And when you’re ready to find one in the wild, Geocaching Premium members can sort by Favorite Points on the new search page.

What’s the best #OMGeocache you’ve ever found? Post it on our Facebook page.

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Creative Hides on the Geocaching Pinterest board
Creative Hides on the Geocaching Pinterest board

 

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Introducing the Powerful New Geocaching Search

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Find More Geocaches, Faster with the New Search

 

We’re excited to announce the launch of the new geocache search tool. It’s faster, easier to use and helps you find the exact adventure you want—and it’s all thanks to the geocaching community. We started the upgrade by asking geocachers what they wanted, then gave Geocaching Premium members a Sneak Peek at the new tool before launch.

Now the new search is ready for prime time. Take it for a spin by searching for Pi Day events and Mystery Caches near you so you can earn your Pi Day souvenirs on March 14.

Add more features like filters and sorting in the new search by upgrading to Geocaching Premium. Check out the new search now.

And speaking of new upgrades to Geocaching.com, check out the new Hide a Geocache page. It’s designed to be more helpful for new geocache hiders and streamlined for seasoned geocachers. See the new Hide a Geocache page.

Questions? Check out the New Geocache Search Tool FAQ.

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The Next Two Giga-Events!

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Geocaching HQ announces the next two Giga-Events

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Mainz Gutenberg 2015 (GC50FTF) – May 16, 2015 in Mainz, Germany

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Project GeoXantike (GC56APX) – June 6, 2015 in Xanten, Germany

And you thought Mega-Events were huge! Giga-Events are the largest event type and are attended by over 5,000 geocachers. For those who attend, you’ll earn the rare Giga icon in your statistics, plus you’ll get the opportunity to meet tons of geocachers from around the world.

Learn more about Giga-Events here.

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Want a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…

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Geocaching HQ Staffer: Chris Ronan, Rock Chalk

My name is Rock Chalk and I’m addicted to GeoTours and geotrails which offer rewards.

Whew. That feels better. Now that I’ve admitted my problem, perhaps I can persuade you to follow me into a realm where one can earn geocoins and other prizes, just for finding geocaches. (As if finding geocaches isn’t rewarding enough!) I currently work at Geocaching HQ in Seattle. But long before joining the team here, I discovered my passion for GeoTours and geotrails.

GeoTours and reward geotrails are collections of geocaches that take cachers on a tour of a specific area. They’re often sponsored by local tourism boards, historical associations, and even the National Park Service. In most cases, players find a certain number of geocaches to qualify for geocoins and other prizes.

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A bunch of GeoTour and reward GeoTrail Geocoins
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Click the GeoTours and geotrails map to explore

I first became hooked when we happened upon the Washington County GeoTrail while planning a vacation to Maryland a couple years ago. We spent a day visiting some amazing historical spots, finding geocaches, and capping it off by claiming a geocoin. Since then, I’ve enjoyed nearly 20 similar experiences throughout the United States.

Official GeoTours, which are organized through Geocaching HQ, have introduced me to the beauty of the riverwalk in Columbus, GA, the incredible learning opportunities at the National Museum of Natural History, and more than 50 of Washington’s amazing state parks. I grew up in Kansas, but had little knowledge of the Santa Fe Trail until their new GeoTour inspired me to follow the Santa Fe Trail through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico last summer.

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Clinton County Barn Trail (Ohio)

 

We’ve recently created a list of GeoTours and reward geotrails, so you can easily find them and learn about the cool rewards that await. We’ve also added a new forum where geocachers can discuss their adventures and ask questions about GeoTours and reward geotrails.

We hope these new resources can help your travel and geocaching become more rewarding than ever!

Check out the map and if a geotrail with a reward is missing, let us know in comments.

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Washington State Parks GeoTour (Deception Pass)

 

Washington State Parks GeoTour (10,000th find at Deception Pass)
Washington State Parks GeoTour (10,000th find at Deception Pass)

 

 

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Connect with Geocachers from Around the World

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Your guide to finding #Geocaching inspiration

The best way to find geocaching inspiration is by getting out and finding geocaches. The second best way is by following Geocaching on social media. You’ll connect with geocachers from around the world, see awesome photos and videos, read amazing stories and more.

The Geocaching Pinterest boards are the perfect place to get ideas for hiding spots, containers and adventures. Our Instagram is full of photos that will inspire you to take your geocaching to the next level—or the next continent.

We’re on pretty much every social network, so follow us on your favorite (or all of them):

Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook

And don’t forget to tag your posts with #geocaching!
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