Taking Flight GeoTour – Manatee County, Florida

Geotour: Taking Flight     
Location: Manatee County, Florida
Total Favorite Points: 290

Geocachers help take care of the spots on the trail by caching in and trashing out! GC3RBQV

Why Manatee County is a great place to visit:

Manatee County’s beaches, including Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach, are award-winning sites and are considered some of the best beaches in the world. After a long day of geocaching, relax on the shores of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico – there are even caches nearby!

Best time of year to visit:

Year-round! From the beaches to the interior pine forests, Manatee County is beautiful throughout the entire year. Fall tends to be a favorite time for many northerners visiting. The Florida summer is hot, but many of the caches in this series are easy to access and do not require a great deal of time outside in the heat.

Must-see attractions:

Check out the Southwest Florida Museum and meet Snooty the Manatee, or stop by De Soto National Memorial to see the possible site of the Spanish explorers landing.

Hidden gems only locals know about:

Duette Preserve is the County’s largest preserve at over 20,000 acres of land. Explore this beautiful area, and you may even catch a glimpse of the rare Western Scrub-Jay, white-tailed deer, or a burrowing owl. This geocache will take you into the heart of Duette where the Scrub-Jays can be found.

Prizes:

Individuals who complete the tour will receive a Taking Flight GeoTour trackable tag. This prize is available to those who find 12 of the 15 caches. Make sure to download the PDF passport for the GeoTour before you go.

 

What Geocachers are saying about Taking Flight GeoTour:

Geocaches are located in birding hot spots and each one includes a fun educational activity. GC3RBMY

“And the mission has been completed! So many thanks to Manatee County NRD for this series and reward for completing the mission. We had a great two days doing this, and found many spots that we will be coming back for in the future. Keep up the good work with the preserves and we hope to find more open in the future.” – Moseycat

“TFTH. very cool of Manatee County to put this GeoTour together. Had great time adventuring about all the different preserves. I’ll be back to camp or hike some of these”. – SunWarrior

“Thank you for taking the time to do this GeoTour the right way. I’ll be recommending it to all my caching friends who visit the area.” – bitbrain

Additional Information:

This GeoTour was the first in the state of Florida and has served as a model for the State Park Service’s tour as well as tours all over the world. In addition to finding geocaches, each site has a fun activity associated with the cache. Activities include discovering your wingspan, watching for nesting shorebirds, or observing sea level changes. The geocaches on this tour are all different types, so you have the opportunity to find Multi-Caches, Letterboxes, and Mystery as well as Traditionals.

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

 

Klamath Basin GeoTour

GeoTour: The Klamath Basin GeoTour
Location: Klamath County, Oregon
Favorite Points: 20

Why Klamath Basin is a great place to visit:
Discover Klamath County and its vast outdoor recreation opportunities. From mountain and road cycling to fishing and hunting, Klamath County has it all within an hours drive of Klamath Falls.

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The Klamath River winds below a cache. (GC5VFQ0)

Best time of year to visit:
Summertime, when the temperatures are warm enough to take a dip in the region’s pristine lakes.

Must-see attractions:

Check out Lava Beds National Monument or GC5VG1N, home to more than a dozen caves and historic remnants of the region’s Native American and settlement populations.

Hidden gems only locals know about:
Bring your mountain bike to Spence Mountain (GC5VAY8) where newly constructed trails offer a fun and challenging ride.

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Klamath Basin Geocoin

Prizes:
Geocoins, a resort stay, and premium geocaching memberships. For more information on prizes, visit http://kbgeotour.com.

What geocachers are saying about Klamath Basin GeoTour:
“TFTH, and good spot-We really enjoyed feeding the fish at the Hatchery and the man was so friendly and told us we could go and watch and feed the wild fish out back. We did and had a great time!” -Gitinlost1

“Me and my son stopped by after some caving fun. The person before me hide it really well maybe a little to well was pretty much standing on it and did not even see it.” -kingofhearts6464

Additional Information:
Visit http://kbgeotour.com to download a GeoTour passport and entry form for the raffle.

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

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The Mt. McLoughlin trailhead begins with a bridge over a wilderness stream. (GC5VAXP)

Columbus RiverWalk GeoTour

GeoTour: Columbus (GA) RiverWalk
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Number of Favorite Points: 125

A great view of the Chattahoochee River; the river was the primary reason Columbus was founded here in west central Georgia. This is the furthers most navigable part of the river; going from Columbus to the Gulf of Mexico. GC3EY98

Why RiverWalk is a great place to visit:
Columbus is the second largest city in the state and was the last planned city in the 13 Original Colonies. Since its founding in 1828, the city has grown as a family-friendly destination with over 46 attractions, all within an hour’s drive of the heart of the city. Columbus is home to two national museums, one of the largest art & history museums in the southeast, the largest urban whitewater course in the world, a vibrant arts & entertainment district and more.

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Not unusual to see wildlife of all kind along this trail – from birds, turtles, alligators, and even this little guy. GC3BAYW

Best time of year to visit:
That’s the best part. Columbus is a year-round destination whether you’re visting for geocaching or for the sites.

Must-see attraction:
With 46 attractions, the bucket list can be overwhelming. But because the RiverWalk GeoTour is located along the 15-mile Chattahoochee RiverWalk, there are many great activities to choose from. Some of the activities include whitewater rafting, a zip line, Space Science Center, National Civil War Naval Museum and the arts & entertainment district.

Hidden gems only locals know about:
When it comes to food, you have to experience a scrambled dog and Cherry Coke from Dinglewood Pharmacy. It’s not uncommon to see bankers, families, and blue-collar workers sitting around the counter enjoying this typical Columbus and southern tradition. A scrambled dog is basically a hot dog served in an open bun, smothered with chili, onions, pickles and oyster crackers. You can get it done almost any way – double wiener, extra pickles, mustard, ketchup, etc.

Prizes:
The RiverWalk GeoTour provides a number of prizes including three coins and unique playing card.  If you find 10 geocaches, you’ll receive a bronze coin. If you find 20 geocaches, you’ll receive a silver coin. If you complete the entire challenge, you’ll receive a gold coin. All three coins are earned as the geocacher advances in the GeoTour. Plus, there are six playing cards that you can win for finding a specific group of geocaches.

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Columbus RiverWalk Geocoins

What geocachers are saying about RiverWalk GeoTour:
“Found while on a week long spring break camping hiking and geocaching trip with Mom and Dad (Jerdawg and LilyGA) and my brother Agent J. We got to go to 5 different state parks and also do the Columbus geotrail and get our gold coins! The whole week was a blast. Thanks for placing the cache out for us to find!” -SwimDawg

“One of the many amazing geocaches found with my family as we worked our way toward the gold coin level status on the Columbus RiverWalk Geotrail. This was a really well-done trail, and much harder (though not impossible) than any other geotrail I have done before up to this point. It didn’t help that it started to pour down raining on us the last day. Thanks for a great time and for placing all of these caches out here.” -Jerdawg

“Came down with PlagueRider from Atlanta for a geocaching weekend in Columbus and after grabbing on the way to Columbus some Georgia counties I was missing we attended the “WWFM Flash Mob over the Border” event and started to hunt down the geocaches on our list. It took a couple of minutes to spot this hide but we did so we wrote down the information for our RiverWalk GeoTour Grid Sheet and placed everything back as we found it after we signed the log.” -Solokrieger

Additional information:
The 6.5 mile Challenge can be completed in a long day. It’s best to rent a bike from the nearby bike shop, pack a lunch and have a blast exploring.

A word from the host:
“It’s about the hunt. The numbers. About going places and seeing new things. That’s why we spend our time geocaching – using multimillion dollar satellites to find tupperware hidden in some of the strangest places.

This summer marks my 60th birthday. It’s also the 10th year that Cibachrome and I have been geocaching, and it’s the 15th anniversary of geocaching. A lot of milestones to keep up with. So what to do? We decided to strike out and create our own “geocache challenge.” We left late May 2015 to geocache the lower 48 states.

After 21-days (or so) and 9100 miles later, the final goal was to arrive back in Columbus on my birthday mid-June — hopefully surviving the task of the caching and traveling those miles and hours with one another. At any rate, we reported our trip with words and photos that can be seen on my blog. In addition, we dropped a travel bug into each container to mark the find. That TB’s goal, return to Columbus.

So why did we do it? Adventure. Numbers. Maybe it’s was about looking for something else that’s just hard to describe. To pick a favorite cache from the trip is almost impossible. There was the Terrestrial Highway, the rails to trail walk on a crisp morning in Vermont, or the conversation over pizza and beer in Corning, NY, or coming out of the rain in Orangeville, Ill after a hike, soaking wet and a small dine and town decked out from Memorial Day. All those miles have a cache and a story and amazing people.”

Peter

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

Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour

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Milwaukee is the big city of little neighborhoods, and the best way to discover them all is on this GeoTour: “Explore Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods.”

GeoTour: Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Number of Favorite Points: 92

Why Milwaukee is a great place to visit:
Milwaukee offers a variety of fun attractions to explore. Take a stroll along the lakefront, visit one of 17 museums, indulge in delicacies at a downtown dining spot or relax at one of Milwaukee’s famous breweries.

Best time of year to visit:
Visit Milwaukee during the summer! Plan a trip June through September to enjoy the city’s live performances, brewery tours, museum exhibits and countless cultural festivals. Milwaukee is the proud home of Summerfest, the world’s largest outdoor music festival along the shores of Lake Michigan in late June and early July.

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The Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes visitors to Milwaukee and offers endless fun for adults and children alike. It is easy to make a stop here: geocaches are hidden in the surrounding neighborhoods!

Must-see attractions:
Don’t miss the Milwaukee Art Museum, a must-see tourist destination. Designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava, the museum graces the city’s skyline with large wings that welcome tourists into the beautiful, vibrant metropolis. The museum holds more than 30,000 permanent pieces of art and features traveling exhibits year-round. Perfect for art fans, adults and children alike, the Milwaukee Art Museum is perhaps the most iconic architectural site in the historic city of Milwaukee.

Hidden Gems:
Check out Safe House, a spy-themed restaurant complete with secret passageways, spy games and mysterious twists and turns. The catch? Guests must uncover the password to be allowed into the restaurant!

What geocachers are saying about about Milwaukee Neighborhoods GeoTour:
“Hello from Chicago! We took a day trip up to the Third Ward and River walk. We enjoyed the art festival and the public market. Beautiful day to explore your city. Thank you for including this neighborhood on the geo tour.” –Les Is More

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This geocache (GC4AJ5Q) will take you through Brady Street in Milwaukee’s East Side.

“My birthday trip to Milwaukee was an epic day with 20 caches. We got all the info we needed for the Milwaukee GeoTour series and grabbed a few other caches along the way. The weather could not have been any nicer and the scenery and company were awesome. I didn’t want the day to come to an end. What a great city! What a great day!” –Mike*E

“We had heard great things about the Milwaukee Neighborhoods GeoTour, and the series did not disappoint. Thanks VISIT Milwaukee for great hides and for really informative cache pages. Can’t wait to come back to finish the series. This is a beautiful city!” –R.C.Tells

Additional Information:
Interested in exploring Milwaukee during your stay? Check out visitmilwaukee.org/itineraries for suggestions.

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

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Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour takes visitors through 15 fun neighborhoods, each with hidden gems, restaurants and attractions to offer. The lakefront geocache (GC4AGA8) will take you there.

Colorado’s South Park GeoTour

 

GeoTour: Colorado’s South Park
Location: South Park, Colorado
Number of Favorite Points: 385

 

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Explore hidden lakes surrounded by 14,000 ft peaks. (GC3PAXQ)

Why South Park is a great place to visit:

South Park offers world class recreation opportunities and a true wilderness experience. Activities include gold medal fishing, hiking some of the tallest peaks in the continental United States, and endless mountain bike and 4×4 trails.

Best time of year to visit:

Beat the heat and visit in the summer when highs are usually in the 70s. In July, there’s an annual Burro Days, music and arts festival, and the Park County Fair!

Must-see attractions:

Get lost in South Park City, a recreated 1880s mining town full of bits and pieces of Colorado’s pioneer heritage. Check out the Old Courthouse (GC3PCT7) across the street!

Hidden gems only the locals know about:

Don’t miss the Magnolia Mill (GC3PQ5Y) and its stunning views of mountain vistas and scenic waterfalls. In the winter, you can also spot ice climbers exploring the slopes above!

Prizes:

There are three unique trackable geocoins awarded to you for finding 30, 50, or 75 geocaches.

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GeoCoins

What geocachers are saying about South Park GeoTour:

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Discover ghost towns that still tell the stories of the miners and ranchers that once called South Park home. (GC3Q2F6)

“Cannot thank SPNHA, and Ms. ED (you know who you are) for all that this series allowed us to experience. You have our sincere appreciation and admiration. THIS is what geocaching is all about, and the CSP GeoTour is truly an experience that we will never forget.”-3 Williams Kidz

“THIS is why I geocache. Wow, beautiful! About half way up I wondered why I was doing this… Then I remembered there was a geocache at the top.”-Phyl & Mike

“This was my first CSP cache, and I’m impressed, by the quality of the cache page, the historical site, and the work on the container – all very nice. Found the cache and took a minute or two to check out the cabin, SL TFTC!” -hiking_fool

Additional Information:

You can also find the oldest geocache in Colorado while you are here (GC18)!

Visit The South Park National Heritage Area website for more information.

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

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Caches will bring you to unique locations that celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of South Park. (GC3PQ2Z)