Known for rolling hills, gorges, and bird-watching, Cortland County is worth more than just a day trip. In the spring and summer, visitors can stop for a mid-day plunge at one of the many swimming holes and spend the afternoon exploring local vineyards. In the fall, the forests come alive with autumn colors, the apples are ripe for picking, and the hot apple cider is supreme. Planning a trip for winter? Pack your skis and plan to spend a day at a nearby ski resort.
Florida’s state parks and trails inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty. Print out your GeoTour Tracking Sheet and the Kids GeoTour Tracking Sheet and come explore nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches, and more than 1,600 miles trails.
Utah is a four-season adventure destination. In spring geocachers can take advantage of pleasant temperatures and colorful, red rock landscapes surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges. This land is full of dramatic visual contrast and a rich prehistoric past you may discover when geocaching near ancient rock art such as Parowan Gap Petroglyphs (GC5HA8V), or Dinosaur National Monument (GC5H2HW).
In addition to hosting 1,500 geocaches in a 10-mile radius, West Bend is nestled in the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. Here, you will find outstanding trails, picturesque parks, a historic downtown area, and three fascinating museums, including the new Museum of Wisconsin Art.
Best time of year to visit:
Summer is the best time to visit West Bend! Shop the historic downtown, stroll through the Sculpture Park, hop on a trail, or even plan an August visit during our annual geocaching mega event, the West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h!
Don’t miss Regner Park — the beach is bustling in summer and in winter you’ll find ice skating, hockey and a warming house! Feel like a kid again on the playgrounds, explore the trails, pack a picnic or cool off at the Splash Pad! GC53G7K will take you there!
Hidden gems only locals know about:
Not only is the Frisby House (GC53BAT) a historic landmark, it’s also home to the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce! Stop in and learn about the city’s history, then get tips on the best places to shop and eat.
Shop, dine and stay in West Bend to gain 25 points on your passport and earn a limited edition West Bend Four Seasons GeoCoin!
What Geocachers are saying about West bend Four Seasons GeoTour:
TFTC… After 500 miles of driving, I have arrived at my destination… West Bend, Wisconsin for the geocaching Mega event!!! So happy to be here! — Geodude1222
Attending the West Bend GeoBash and finding the caches for the GeoTour. Each cache was an insight into the history of West Bend and area. My favorite type of caches when going to a new area of caches. TFTC — Tatortott
I was so happy I was able to complete the Geotour this year! Thanks for all the quality hides! This one was a little tricky and deserves a fav point! — geocachingvlogger
Find out more about the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour here.
Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.
You remember the first time you took your kids geocaching like it was yesterday. Their excitement at finding the cache and rifling through the goodies it contained was likely what kept your family looking for more geocaches. But now your babies are off to college or university. As they spread their wings and take flight, they will be putting to use the skills and lessons you taught them over the years.
Geocaching may have taught your family some things to, such as persistence. If at first you don’t find the cache… take a deep breath, review the description and the hint, and keep looking. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, either. Geocache owners and geocachers who have previously found the cache are happy to help. Most importantly geocaching creates a sense of belonging, whether it be simple family bonding or feeling part of the world-wide community of geocachers.
So, as you pack your car to take your big kid to college or university, why not re-live those joyous memories and go geocaching together one last time by making a road trip out of it. There may even be a GeoTour along the route, which will let you earn a prize for your efforts.
For example, if you are heading to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, participate in the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. Here are some geocaches which may appeal to students going into various programs: