Today treasure hunters can search for millions of geocaches hidden around the globe, log it and move on to the next. Besides the complexity of the find, what makes a cache memorable? A new trend in Geocaching called GeoTours has been growing in popularity as of lately. The purpose behind GeoTours is to get cachers to explore unique destinations that they would never think of visiting. In addition to these out-of-the-box vacation spots, GeoTours are also set up to help teach a lesson in history of the area. These tours contain multiple caches, which take you through a trail, mostly located in national parks of the United States and Canada.
Geocaching.com only has 11 GeoTours listed today. They are as followed:
- Chesapeake Bay, Maryland - Captain John Smith, 59 geocaches
- Columbus, Georgia - RiverWalk, 31 geocaches
- Washington D.C., area - Star-Spangled Banner, 34 geocaches
- Cache Creek, British Columbia - Gold Country, 143 geocaches
- USA nationwide - Dinosour Train, 127 geocaches
- Park County, Colorado - Colorado's South Park, 50 geocaches
- Georgia - Georgia State Parks, 46 geocaches
- Georgia - Georgia History Trail, 14 geocaches
- Manatee County, Florida - Taking Flight, 15 geocaches
- King County, Washington - Conversation Futures, 19 geocaches
- Eugene, Oregon - Eugene, Cascades & Coast, 36 geocaches
One of our favorites, which we featured recently, was the Hatfield McCoy Geo Trail in the mountains of Kentucky and West Virginia. The tour teaches cachers the history of the two families who feuded over land in America's history. After attracting a more than expected crowd to the area, the counties decided to permanently install the trail to grow the visitor rate to a normally unpopulated tourist area.
The unconventional thinking behind these tours is genius and we absolutely hope that the list of GeoTours keeps growing.