Helena Montana GeoTour

GeoTour:

Helena Montana

Location:

Helena, Montana

Favorite Points:

285

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Geocaches are placed throughout the beautiful town of Helena and its surroundings.

Why Helena is a great place to visit:

Helena is halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone National Park — the perfect midway point for your Montana tour. While you’re in town, the GeoTour will take you to some of the most beautiful Helena vantage points. Be sure to catch a ride on the Last Chance Tour Train or the Gates of the Mountain Boat Tour for a guided Helena experience.

Helena was in the 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas for “Best of the Road – Best for Geocaching.

Best time of year to visit:

Most geocaches are accessible March through October.

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Smiles all around!

Must-see attractions:

In addition to the Last Chance Tour Train and Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour, check out the Montana State Capitol Building (GC4AJVG), Montana History Museum (GC4AG5E), The Parrot Confectionery — an old-fashioned soda fountain (near GCJZ9C— and 75 miles of hiking & biking trails directly accessible from Downtown Helena.

Hidden gems only locals know about:

Don’t miss Two Camps Vista (GCM27T), the perfect combination of Montana history and spectacular views. This off the beaten path destination is also a monument to the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Prizes:

A locally made trackable Geocoin!

 

 

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Geocache GC2CXWT is located near the spectacular Cathedral in town.

What geocachers are saying about the Helena Montana GeoTour:

“I am visiting Montana from Lubbock, Texas, and wanted to see your capital building. It is very pretty and I’m glad Montana was able to restore it to its original grandeur. I took the guided tour — very informative and interesting. Helena seems to be such a nice little city. Thanks for the cache.” –P. M. McNabb

“We were on holidays to Yellowstone Park from Canada and when we heard about your GeoTour, we simply could not resist doing it. We changed our route and came to Helena and we are so glad we did. This was a spectacular adventure and the highlight of our trip, well done!” – Kelly S., Alberta, Canada

Additional Information:

Plan on spending two to three days in Helena in order to complete the GeoTour. Check the website for local hotel discounts.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

Birthplace of Texas GeoTour

GeoTour Name:

Birthplace of Texas

Location:

Washington County, Texas

Favorite Points:

456+

Flash mob event at Toubin Park in downtown Brenham, site of an original cistern
Flash mob event at Toubin Park in downtown Brenham, site of an original cistern

Why Washington County is a great place to visit:

Washington County is filled with many “firsts” and “oldests.” This is where Texas became Texas. Tour th county exploring historical sites, quaint communities, good eateries, wineries, and museums.

"Stomp grapes? Yes please! Taste Wine? Yes Please? Teach the owner's grandniece about geocaching? Yes please," wrote geocacher doanna at GC4V22F.
“Stomp grapes? Yes please! Taste Wine? Yes Please? Teach the owner’s grandniece about geocaching? Yes please,” wrote geocacher doanna at GC4V22F.

Best time of year to visit:

Any time of the year is a great time to visit Brenham and Washington County – really! The most popular time is in March and April for antique shopping and Bluebonnet photo ops.

Must-see attractions:

Washington on the Brazos is THE historic site where Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836. Just 20 minutes from Brenham, you’ll learn all there is to know about Texas history at the Star of the Republic Museum. You can also explore what life was like in the 1800’s at Barrington Living History Farm. There are two geocaches on the GeoTour here, plus three state park caches!

sideA-transparentPrizes:

Visitors can earn points while geocaching, eating, sleeping, and shopping around Washington County. Those who collect more than 25 points will earn a collectible two-sided, colorful geocoin!

What geocachers are saying about Birthplace of Texas GeoTour:

“We greatly enjoyed touring around Washington County, picking up caches one by one and learning new stuff about Texas history at the same time.” –Dhaulaghiri

“That was fun… This was our first geotour and we were happy that y’all cared for these caches so much. Thanks for putting out this series. The favorite point that we give this one counts for the entire trail.” –Ground Beef 

“Omg omg omg I cannot tell you how much I love this!!!! Been wanting to come for decades. Now (I have an) excuse to do it!” –browningfamily

Additional Information:

Brenham will be the host city for Texas Challenge, a geocaching Mega-Event in March 2016!

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour

 

 

The Sault Canal (GC45GNN) is just one historic site along the Sault Ste. Marie's waterfront
The Sault Canal (GC45GNN) is just one historic site along the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront.

GeoTour Name:

Heritage Hide’n’Seek

Location:

Northern Ontario, Canada

Number of Favorite Points:

123

Why Northern Ontario is a great place to visit:

Parks Canada created the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour for visitors to discover people, places, and events of national significance in Northern Ontario. There are 500,000 square kilometers of nature waiting to be explored—that’s an area twice the size of California.

Best time of year to visit:

August and September, when the days are warm and the nights are cool. The fall foliage starts to change in mid-to-late September, and the views along Lake Superior between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay are spectacular.

Learn from Aboriginal grandparents while walking through splendid scenery in Pukaskwa National Park (GC5BQBG)
Learn from Aboriginal grandparents while walking through splendid scenery in Pukaskwa National Park (GC5BQBG)

Must-see attractions:

Algonquin Provincial Park (GC46KXE)
Pukaskwa National Park (GC53P46)
Kakabeka Falls (GC45TQ5)

Hidden gems only locals know about:

Marvel at fall colours on a driving tour of St. Joseph Island, and be sure to stop at Fort St. Joseph (GC45GWD).

Sault Ste. Marie’s Hub Trail (GC472WH) offers convenient access to the city’s waterfront and many historic sites, including the Sault Canal (GC55DRK).

Terry Fox Scenic Lookout (GC455RQ) honours a Canadian hero, near the location where he was forced to halt his Marathon of Hope.

Prizes: 

If people find the caches, complete the passport, and collect 100+ points, they will earn a collectible Geocoin from Parks Canada.

The Heritage Hide’n’Seek geocoin available once you earn 100+ points and submit your passport.

What geocachers are saying about this GeoTour:

“I just spent 4 days in the Thunder Bay area and did one traditional and three Multi-Caches there so when I knew I was driving from Sudbury to Orillia today I loaded this cache into my GPS to stop and find it. What a great series of caches this is, love the history lesson and the places the caches take me to. T4TC!” – Desafio

“…This is the second cache in the series for me and I now have 30 points. To get more points I need to go further north. Because of this I’m now planning a Northern Ontario tour for next spring to explore the northern towns and find some more HHS caches. I’ve never been north of Sault Ste Marie / Sudbury / North Bay, so I’m looking forward to the adventure. It’s great that Parks Canada is embracing GeoCaching! Thanks for setting up this great cache and for bringing me here. Thanks for the fun Parka, you busy little beaver!…” –swed31

Additional Information:

To start the tour simply download a passport from any of the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour geocache listings. Adventure, discovery, and your shiny new Geocoin await!

 

 

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

Schatzhüterin GeoTour

 

GeoTour: Schatzhüterin
Location: Hannover, Germany
Favorite Points: 2383

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GC4WXX9 – this requires a lot of thought, so you might think.

Why Hannover is a great place to visit:
Hannover is a beautiful and verdant city located in the middle of Germany. With a population of over half a million, Hannover has it all: great shopping, museums, theaters, lush parks, and more.

Best time of year to visit:
Hannover is a wonderful place to visit all year-round. The summer is ideal because of the nice weather. Visitors traveling from abroad during this season will notice how green and beautiful the city is. The winter in Hannover is also great, as the city has Christmas markets that open in November. If you’re coming for the sole purpose of geocaching, the warmer months are recommended – April through September.

Must-see attractions:
The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, a European Baroque garden, is one of the city’s most famous attractions.

Berggarten is also an important European botanical garden. Some points of interest in the garden are the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Canary House and the Orchid House. The Orchid House hosts one of the world’s largest collections of orchids, free-flying birds, and butterflies.

Additionally, the Hanover Zoo is one of the most spectacular zoos in Europe.

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GC4WXWY – Music opens doors. Can you sing that tune?

Hidden gems only locals know about:
Germany is known for its geocaches hidden in lost places, and Hannover has some hidden gems that fall into this category. Old war bunkers are scattered around the city and some are even open to tourism. If you are interested in this sort of sightseeing, check with the Hannover tourism organization to see if there are available guided tours.

Prizes:
Geocachers who find all 19 geocaches will receive a clue to break the code for this TB. If you succeed (which you will), you’ll be lead to a location where you will receive a Geotoken as a prize.

What geocachers are saying about Schatzhüterin GeoTour:
“The crowning finale of a genius series! I am very excited about the Schatzhüterin series. It was a lot of fun, getting to know Hannover and the surrounding area through all the different caches. I found a lot of creative caches that I had not seen that way before. The motivation to do the entire Geotour was high in order to earn the Geocoin. ;-). We will place the Coin soon somewhere in the world and can’t wait to follow its travels. Thank you so much for the great tour and the loving design of each station!” –CeeJayyN’Enni

Additional Information:
Visitors should set aside a whole weekend to complete the GeoTour. For additional information on the GeoTour, please visit https://www.schatzhueterin.de/.

Discover all the unique areas of Hannover and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.

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GC4WY14 – AC/DC: a miniature music festival

West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour

 

GeoTour Name: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour
Location: West Bend, Wisconsin
Number of Favorite Points: 362

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Old 1889 County Courthouse and Museum (GC53BB1)

Why West Bend is a great place to visit:
West Bend is nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s northern Kettle Moraine, but is also close to Milwaukee. The area embodies the best of small town living and big city offerings. From museums and shops to miles of scenic trails and other outdoor recreation, West Bend has something for everyone.

Best time of year to visit:
West Bend is a year-round destination with festivals and fun for every season. In winter, have fun skiing, snowboarding, or tubing on two nearby ski hills. Music on Main is a live celebration every Thursday during summer. Geocachers from all over the globe head to this area for the annual $1000 West Bend Cache Ba$h Mega Event in August.

Must-see attractions:
The Old Courthouse and Jail (GC53BB1) is a standout attraction. Built in 1889, this historic building now houses an outstanding museum with exhibits that tell the story of Washington County from the Ice Age to the Industrial Age including some hands-on interactive exhibits.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (GC53BBB) houses the largest collection of Wisconsin art, including Milwaukee-born artist Carl von Marr (1858-1936).

Hidden gems only locals know about:
Many locals don’t even know about Shalom Wildlife Zoo, a 100-acre wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to deer, elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, a farm petting zoo, and many other animals. And don’t forget to say hello to brothers Lewis and Clark, a pair of young brown bears that like to show off in front of visitors.

Prizes:
Those who complete the GeoTour Passport receive a special West Bend Four Seasons Geocoin.

Site of Lithia Brewery/Time Capsule (GC53C91) – photo by Ashley Ambur Sanders

What geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:
“Made a last-minute decision to drive up for this geocoin challenge with mymowgli today. What a beautiful day of fun caching & great eating! We didn’t have quite enough time to hit all the caches, so we made up for it by taking in some extra meals for our needed points…and the food/hospitality did not disappoint! Thanks much for putting on this geotour/geocoin challenge for us to enjoy!” -ugomaddie

“Completing the West Bend GeoTour this morning before heading back home. I really enjoyed going to all of the historic sites in West Bend. Some I knew but some were new this time around. Top notch tour!” -MoonyMarauder

You can feed the animals at Shalom Wildlife (GC53GBA) – photo by Hack1of2

“A lot of time, thought, and effort was obviously put into the creation of this series, and we wanted to honor that by spending a little bit of time at each location, taking in the surroundings, and learning what we could of the area’s significance….This is turning out to be a great, great series. We are so impressed with West Bend! We’ll be back!” -Hack1of2

Additional Information:
From West Bend, it’s only a 30-minute drive to the oldest geocache in Wisconsin (GC3B1).

The first stop on the tour is the home of the West Bend Chamber of Commerce. Come inside, and the friendly staff will help make your trip a success! For more information about the GeoTour and things to do in West Bend, go to www.visitwestbend.com.

Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.