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New GeoTour Feature on Free Geocaching® App Caters to Travelers

September 20, 2016

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Carly Gladnick
Geocaching HQ

Seattle, WA

Destinations and park systems are using GeoTours, a strategic collection of geocaches, to introduce new people to their locations.

From the National Park Service, Visit Utah, to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, tourism offices and park systems around the world are using GeoTours and geocaching to inspire and enable people to get outdoors and explore new regions. With the Geocaching® app, adventure seekers can now easily search and find GeoTours, view details for travel destinations, and keep track of the geocaches they find along the way — all for free and without having to wait for a tour guide.

 Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where players use a mobile app or dedicated GPS device to find cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. A GeoTour is a strategic collection of geocaches that highlights areas of interest in a region — stops along a trail, historic sites, parks, or even hidden gems in an urban area. Everyone from ages 8 to 88, outdoor adventurers, to tech-lovers enjoy the thrill of searching for geocaches on a GeoTour. Many GeoTour hosts create passports to help players track their progress towards a reward such as a special coin or souvenir.

 Since 2000, Geocaching has inspired and enabled discovery, exploration, and adventure. In 2012, Geocaching HQ started working with tourism boards, convention and visitor bureaus, historical associations, and private companies to build GeoTours to boost visitor engagement in their regions and to enhance overall gameplay. There are currently 67 active GeoTours across the globe and more on the way.

-To access GeoTours on mobile, download the free Geocaching® app.

-To see the distribution of current GeoTours, visit

-Find out more about creating a GeoTour for a new region at


Geocaching powers outdoor exploration as the world’s largest treasure hunt. Players use an app or GPS device to find cleverly hidden containers around the world. Geocaching is dedicated to inspiring discovery, exploration, and adventure through location-based technology. Geocaching HQ provides the listings and tool set, through the Geocaching® app and, to find more than 3 million hidden geocaches in more than 184 countries around the world. launched in 2000 and now employs 80 people at the Seattle headquarters.