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Geocaching with the Smithsonian

The mailman recently delivered a nice surprise to me. It’s a beautiful trackable geocoin from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) GeoTour. I had completed the GeoTour last year, and in the process earned a digital badge for my Geocaching.com profile. Little did I know that the NMNH was working on a geocoin that would eventually take a place of honor in my collection.

National Museum of Natural History Geocoin

The National Museum of Natural History is a truly spectacular place. Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it’s the most visited natural history museum in the world. The NMNH GeoTour debuted in 2013 with several Mystery caches, a Traditional cache and three EarthCaches.

Inside the National Museum of Natural History

All but one of the caches’ posted coordinates are at the museum, with one outlier located about a two-hour drive north, in Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest. (The NMNH also owns a Letterbox Hybrid with posted coords on the museum grounds. It is not an official part of the GeoTour.)

Get up close with nature during the GeoTour

My wife and I started the GeoTour during a trip to D.C. in November 2013, when we were able to stamp our passport for all but two of the caches. I was back in that part of the country for the GeoWoodstock Mega-Event last year, and jumped at the opportunity to complete the tour and earn my digital badge. The NMNH GeoTour is a really fun way to enjoy the museum from a new perspective, and to continue exploring outside the Smithsonian walls. I had visited the NMNH a time or two in the past, but this GeoTour encouraged me to dig into subjects that had escaped my attention on previous trips. Plus, it led me to a few beautiful sites outside of D.C.

See colossal things while caching!



So how can you qualify for a digital badge and one of these super-cool geocoins? The requirements are listed on all of the NMNH’s GeoTour cache pages. If you’re looking for a way to enhance your next visit to the U.S. capital, I highly recommend making this GeoTour part of your trip!

Get Inspired By These Epic GeoTours

What’s your dream vacation? Sandy beaches? Adventure and intrigue? Incredible geocaches? These epic GeoTours — curated collections of geocaches designed to introduce you to new locations — have all of the above.

GeoTour Azores (Azores Islands, Portugal): These 9 islands of volcanic origin represent a true getaway from the city life and a real connection with nature.

Sicily GeoTour (Sicily, Italy): Discover crystal-clear waters, heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and volcanoes, ancient traditions and unique cuisine.

Passport pour le Nord GeoTour (New Caledonia, South Pacific): Explore the ancient forests, stunning waterfalls and beaches of this South Pacific island.

Bermuda Conservation GeoTour (Bermuda, North Atlantic): Uncover Bermuda’s hidden island treasures by exploring the beaches, coastline and forested areas of this unique natural environment.

Looking for something closer to home? Good news: There are now 60+ GeoTours around the world, and each comes with its own story-worthy locations you’ll want to write home about. Learn more about GeoTours on the Geocaching Blog.

Pack your bags for these new GeoTours coming soon:

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour in Örebro, Sweden
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour in Arizona, USA
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour in Texas, USA.

Follow @GeoToursHQ on Twitter to get all the latest GeoTour news.

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GeoTours

Hast Du Urlaubspläne? Lass Dich von diesen legendären GeoTouren inspirieren.

Was ist Dein Traumurlaub? Sandige Strände? Abenteuer und Spannung? Unglaubliche Geocaches? Diese legendären GeoTouren – erlesene Geocache-Sammlungen, die Dir neue Orte näherbringen sollen – haben all das.

Du suchst nach etwas, das näher liegt? Gute Neuigkeiten: Es gibt jetzt mehr als 60 GeoTouren rund um die Welt und jede von ihnen hat ihren eigenen tollen Ort, der etwas ganz Besonderes ist. Mehr Informationen über GeoTouren erhälst Du im Geocaching Blog.

Packe schon mal Deine Koffer für diese neuen GeoTouren, die bald herauskommen:

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour in Örebro, Schweden
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour in Arizona, USA
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour in Texas, USA.

Folge @GeoToursHQ auf Twitter, um die neuesten GeoTour-Neuigkeiten zu erfahren.

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¿Tienes algún plan de vacaciones? Inspírate con estos GeoTours épicos.

¿En qué consisten las vacaciones de tus sueños? ¿Playas de fina arena? ¿Aventura e intriga? ¿Geocachés increíbles? Estos GeoTours épicos — cuidadas colecciones de geocachés diseñadas para enseñarte nuevos lugares — tienen todo lo anterior.

¿Buscas algo más cercano a tu casa? Buenas noticias: Actualmente hay más de 60 GeoTours por todo el mundo, cada cual con sus propios lugares que merecen la pena, y desde los cuales querrás escribir a casa para contar cómo son. Obtén más información en el Blog de Geocaching.

Haz las maletas para estos nuevos GeoTours que están en el horno:

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour en Örebro, Suecia
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour en Arizona, EEUU
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour en Texas, EEUU

Sigue la cuenta de @GeoToursHQ en Twitter para recibir las últimas noticias de GeoTours.

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Vous avez des idées pour vos prochaines vacances ? Trouvez l’inspiration avec ces GéoTours extraordinaires.

Quelle est votre destination de rêve ? Des plages de sable fin ? Un lieu plein d’aventures et de mystères ? D’incroyables géocaches ? Ces GéoTours extraordinaires — des séries de géocaches mises en place de façon à vous faire découvrir de nouveaux endroits — ont tous ces critères.

Vous cherchez quelque chose plus proche de chez vous ? Bonne nouvelle : il y a maintenant plus de 60 GéoTours autour du monde, et chacun d’eux comporte ses endroits mémorables que vous voudrez raconter en rentrant. Apprenez-en plus à propos des GéoTours sur le blog Geocaching.

Faites vos bagages pour ces nouveaux GéoTours qui arrivent bientôt :

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour à Örebro, Suède
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour en Arizona, États-Unis
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour au Texas, États-Unis

Suivez @GeoToursHQ sur Twitter pour avoir toutes informations sur ces nouveaux GéoTours.

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