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Best places to GEOCACHE in the world! Places around the world where caching is great!

#1 User is offline   stinger18 

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  Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:01 PM

After spending a week in Las Vegas caching and having an AWESOME time!
Finding some great caches and wonderful spots that I am sure we would never have seen if it was not for caching, I decided I really wanted to know where people have been and what places they had found the BEST!
Thanks and HAPPY CACHING!!!!!!!!

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:07 PM

I pretty much go with the idea that wherever I am caching is the best place. Although I really do enjoy the photos and logs for caches that are in super hard to get to places.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:18 PM

Now there is a question with a ton of different answers! All of them and none of them correct.

If you can take me off the beaten path, show me something I'd not likely stumble upon on my own, and perhaps sprinkle in a bit of history or some such lesson, you will make me happy in just about any region I can get to. For someone else it is perhaps more of a treat to cache in a place with another cookie cutter micro every 528 feet. So many different ways to cache.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:57 PM

I found a lot of interesting caches in San Francisco.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 08:28 PM

I am in agreement with a previous poster and that the "best places to cache" for me are places I've never been before, states, geography, ect.

I can't answer your question in the sense you meant it because I live in KANSAS and there isn't a "best places to cache" in the sense of the word even though there are some neat areas out in western Kansas. My state as what you would call "jewel caches". Caches that are located in places that are out of the ordinary from the normal topography. And they are far and few between.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 05:57 AM

There are probably hundreds of areas that could compete for the title of Best Place To Geocache. I would like to spend more time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula looking for waterfall caches. There are nearly 200 waterfalls up there and most of them have caches hidden near them.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 06:03 AM

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 06:03 AM

 Wooden Cyclist, on Jan 5 2010, 05:57 AM, said:

There are probably hundreds of areas that could compete for the title of Best Place To Geocache. I would like to spend more time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula looking for waterfall caches. There are nearly 200 waterfalls up there and most of them have caches hidden near them.


WC: come on up :D , we need somebody to punch some trails into the caches! :unsure: (Is getting deeper daily)

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 06:16 AM

Depends what you like! If you're interested in a numbers run of 35mm film canisters, the best place in the world are the plains east of Denver airport :-D

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  Posted 05 January 2010 - 06:33 AM

 stinger18, on Jan 4 2010, 09:01 PM, said:

After spending a week in Las Vegas caching and having an AWESOME time!
Finding some great caches and wonderful spots that I am sure we would never have seen if it was not for caching, I decided I really wanted to know where people have been and what places they had found the BEST!
Thanks and HAPPY CACHING!!!!!!!!


I've cached around Vegas many times. I hafta agree the quality of cachin' there is above average. :(

The Long Valley of the Eastern Sierra is a must see if you want to tour the best places in the world for cachin'. Plus it's just a 5 hour drive (10 if you're cachin') from Vegas.

To save myself some typing, I'll repost something you might find useful:


 Snoogans, on Aug 19 2008, 12:36 AM, said:

My "Geotopia" exists in the Eastern Sierra along HWY 395.

I posted this on another thread but it belongs better here: :D

 Snoogans, on Aug 15 2008, 02:59 AM, said:

Since you would consider flying. Why not fly for some adventure beyond one cache?

Fly into Reno, rent a 4WD Jeep and head south on HWY 395 until you get to Mono Lake.

You will encounter some of the most interesting terrain in the world between Lee Vining and Bishop Ca. And guess what? I have dozens of great caches (back meet pat) and there are hundreds more in the area. Many of my caches are on the favorites lists of cachers with over 10k & 20k finds!

But don't take my word for it. Read the logs and look at the pictures. Then look at all the other caches in the area. I spend at least a month in this area every year and I'm lucky enough to have family there. Oh, and Yosemite is just around the corner too.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 07:09 AM

If you like hunting for micros and nano's, come to New York City, we have thousands of them.. To bad I hate hunting for micros, it is no fun with my son, age 5. He likes to find and trade swag. And there are not many of those here.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 08:12 AM

 Scuba4jews, on Jan 5 2010, 07:09 AM, said:

If you like hunting for micros and nano's, come to New York City, we have thousands of them.. To bad I hate hunting for micros, it is no fun with my son, age 5. He likes to find and trade swag. And there are not many of those here.

Scuba4jews.
That is a very BROAD statement.
There are plenty of regular sized "small" caches in Central Park and one (a decon) just off Battery Park.
I agree many areas of Manhattan contain micros, but HELLO, its Manhattan!
Can you imagine an ammo can in Times Square? It would make that White Van terrorist story look small in comparison and sully Geocaching with authorities.

If you and your son enjoy larger caches, check out Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in your neck fo the woods. there are decons in Flushing Meadow and Forest Park, Ammo cans in Alley Pond and Cunningham Park. The Bronx and Staten Island have larger scale caches--THESE ARE ALL PART OF NYC

Do your homework before heading out to cache, you can see the size of the cache on the cache page ahead of time,or just filter out micros in your Pocket Query.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 08:16 AM

 stinger18, on Jan 4 2010, 07:01 PM, said:

After spending a week in Las Vegas caching and having an AWESOME time!
Finding some great caches and wonderful spots that I am sure we would never have seen if it was not for caching, I decided I really wanted to know where people have been and what places they had found the BEST!
Thanks and HAPPY CACHING!!!!!!!!

While I agree that wherever you are its the best place for geocaching, I was surprised with your take on Las Vegas. Mine experience was quite different.
But to each their own and I am very happy that you had a great time there.
The best place I have ever cached? Probably Orange County, NY and Northern NJ. Great hiking trails and beautiful scenery, with some awesome caches. And the biggest one I have ever found, The Megaliths.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 11:55 AM

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 Wooden Cyclist, on Jan 5 2010, 05:57 AM, said:

There are probably hundreds of areas that could compete for the title of Best Place To Geocache. I would like to spend more time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula looking for waterfall caches. There are nearly 200 waterfalls up there and most of them have caches hidden near them.


WC: come on up :D , we need somebody to punch some trails into the caches! :unsure: (Is getting deeper daily)


I"ll be up there in July. The snow MIGHT be gone by then.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:43 PM

I think New Zealand is the best place in the world to geocache ....... but I might just be a tiny bit biased!!!

And it's summer here. So come on over. :D :D

Annie

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

 Scuba4jews, on Jan 5 2010, 10:09 AM, said:

If you like hunting for micros and nano's, come to New York City, we have thousands of them.. To bad I hate hunting for micros, it is no fun with my son, age 5. He likes to find and trade swag. And there are not many of those here.



Drive, or take the train or bus to northern NJ's Highlands region. An hour away you will find a geocaching paradise for those who prefer to stay away from micros. Last time I did a check there were only 14 percent micros within 20 miles or so of my Zipcode (07405). That percentage might have upped a bit with some of the newbies hiding micros lately but non micros are still in the overwhelming majority here.

Beautiful scenery, history, the unusual and the outright weird. There are plenty of caches in those categories and more and most of them ain't micros. Buttaskotch is on the money, Northern NJ and Orange County and don't forget the Hudson Highlands.

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  Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:45 PM

 Annie & PB, on Jan 5 2010, 05:43 PM, said:

I think New Zealand is the best place in the world to geocache ....... but I might just be a tiny bit biased!!!

And it's summer here. So come on over. :D :)

Annie



I've never been there, but the caching MUST be good. 7 of the 12 greatest hikes in the world are listed as being in New Zealand. :D Of course there's more than 1 list, but NZ ALWAYS makes every top 10 list.

Oh, and all the filming that gets done there sure shows off the beauty of the country. :D

The Snoogdtress and I plan to go there some day.... Gotta do Milford and Routeburn. :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:57 PM

I've been out and about California's central coast and the Bay Area over the holiday break. It's been a blast and some very beautiful and intesting locations, with quite a lot of variety in caches. Some small, some medium, some large, lots of easy ones, quite a few evil ones and puzzle caches by the boat load.

If you have a business or vacation trip planned for out here, by all means bring your GPSr.

For contacting cachers in the San Francisco Bay Area -> www.thegba.net (we won't bite, much :rolleyes:)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:30 PM

One of the criteria for rating the best places to geocache in the world might be that it would be worth visiting even if there is only one geocache nearby.

This afternoon a colleague came into my office with a proposal to work on a new project that would entail visiting a spot where the three nearest caches are 50, 75, and 113 miles away. Here the closest cache to where I would be visiting/working for a few days: GC169KE.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:38 PM

 Wooden Cyclist, on Jan 5 2010, 01:55 PM, said:

 Gitchee-Gummee, on Jan 5 2010, 09:03 AM, said:

 Wooden Cyclist, on Jan 5 2010, 05:57 AM, said:

There are probably hundreds of areas that could compete for the title of Best Place To Geocache. I would like to spend more time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula looking for waterfall caches. There are nearly 200 waterfalls up there and most of them have caches hidden near them.

WC: come on up :anibad: , we need somebody to punch some trails into the caches! :P (Is getting deeper daily)

I"ll be up there in July. The snow MIGHT be gone by then.
Yup... but replaced by mosquitos, deer flies, and no-see-ums. Enjoy! B)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:40 PM

 NYPaddleCacher, on Jan 8 2010, 12:30 PM, said:

One of the criteria for rating the best places to geocache in the world might be that it would be worth visiting even if there is only one geocache nearby.



Well, there you go!!! New Zealand meets that criteria (in my humbly biased opinion!!! :anibad: :P ) Definately a beautiful country worth visiting anyway, and as a bonus some great caches. Snoogans has got the right idea!

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 02:36 PM

I consider myself lucky to live and cache in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We have an active caching community, and a wonderful, varied assortment of caches to suit any taste. We are surrounded by greenspace, hills, and forests full of public trails with no restrictions on geocaching. I've travelled and cached in many great places, but so far, none of them compare to home as far as geocaching is concerned.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 11:54 AM

 Snoogans, on Jan 6 2010, 07:45 PM, said:

 Annie & PB, on Jan 5 2010, 05:43 PM, said:

I think New Zealand is the best place in the world to geocache ....... but I might just be a tiny bit biased!!!

And it's summer here. So come on over. :D :huh:

Annie



I've never been there, but the caching MUST be good. 7 of the 12 greatest hikes in the world are listed as being in New Zealand. :anicute: Of course there's more than 1 list, but NZ ALWAYS makes every top 10 list.

Oh, and all the filming that gets done there sure shows off the beauty of the country. :blink:

The Snoogdtress and I plan to go there some day.... Gotta do Milford and Routeburn. :)


I'm a lill biased too - but I'd say NZ too - particularly the lower half of the South Island. If only the weather will play fair! Makes for great photos, but plays havoc on trying to keep dry!

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 06:32 PM

Right Here...

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...86-5e837d287f91

38 Caches on an island that's only about 1.2 square miles.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 07:26 PM

My biased opinion: Alaska! Endless hiking possibilities with scenery that can't be beat and there are lots of quality caches in quality locations.

Seconding briansnat's biased opinion based on personal experience: New Jersey Highlands and Orange County, New York. I've had a blast persuing klizich, treequest and briansnat (among others') caches placed in spider-infested tunnels, the Edison ironworks, and along the multitude of trails that criss-cross the Appalachian Mountains.

Other nice spots (in no particular order...they are all memorable): Palm Springs, 29 Palms, and Temecula, California. Bellingham, Washington. Bethel, Maine. Normandy, France. Sarnia, Ontario, especially along Lake Erie. Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, AZ. Rural England outside of London, Portsmouth, and Oxford.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:05 AM

 Annie & PB, on Jan 5 2010, 07:43 PM, said:

I think New Zealand is the best place in the world to geocache ....... but I might just be a tiny bit biased!!!

And it's summer here. So come on over. :grin: :D

Annie



Agree.. I've only done around 30 in NZ, but from my experience the average cache quality, both those that require some hiking, and the few urban hides we sought, was very good.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 10:56 AM

 WRITE SHOP ROBERT, on Jan 11 2010, 06:32 PM, said:

Right Here...

http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...86-5e837d287f91

38 Caches on an island that's only about 1.2 square miles.


My question is, can you do anything else on that island without tripping over a geocache? lol :grin:

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 06:14 PM

 Annie & PB, on Jan 5 2010, 03:43 PM, said:

I think New Zealand is the best place in the world to geocache ....... but I might just be a tiny bit biased!!!

And it's summer here. So come on over. <_< :P

Annie


I'm with you Annie! There are so many amazing caches here! And I've only found 18 so far! Come for a caching holiday, there's all kinds, from 10L buckets to micros. And all with beautiful scenery or wonderful history.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:02 PM

Super obscure..... with LOTS of old history. Thats my favorite. ie: GC153A7 or GCF353

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:08 PM

Southern Utah, of course.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:01 PM

 stinger18, on Jan 4 2010, 07:01 PM, said:

After spending a week in Las Vegas caching and having an AWESOME time!
Finding some great caches and wonderful spots that I am sure we would never have seen if it was not for caching, I decided I really wanted to know where people have been and what places they had found the BEST!
Thanks and HAPPY CACHING!!!!!!!!


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Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:05 PM

Whoops, well now it will seem like we are lame but we think the Palm Springs, CA is one of the best places to cache. Plenty of hiking if that is what you like to do or 4x4 if that is your thing. We have micros and nano's but I don't think there is ONE lamp Post cache in the area. Weather is great and it makes putting unsual caches out easier than most places, we just have to make sure they don't blow away.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:25 PM

The best place? The desert roads around Las Vegas, of course.

Just ask anyone who rode with the GJTB.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 03:20 PM

The Lake District here in the UK offers some stunning walks and views.
I lived in New Zealand for a short while, but that was before my caching days. :P

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:48 AM

I have to second and third most of the below replies. Anywhere new is my favorite, but if I had to choose, I have a great time with caches out on public hunting land with my dog. She gets a fun workout and I get to traverse creeks and wooded areas while dodging mosquitoes. The caches are usually WAY out there and require a fair amount of effort to get them but boy is it worth it when you do!

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:34 PM

 DragonsWest, on Jan 6 2010, 07:57 PM, said:

I've been out and about California's central coast and the Bay Area over the holiday break. It's been a blast and some very beautiful and intesting locations, with quite a lot of variety in caches. Some small, some medium, some large, lots of easy ones, quite a few evil ones and puzzle caches by the boat load.

If you have a business or vacation trip planned for out here, by all means bring your GPSr.

For contacting cachers in the San Francisco Bay Area -> www.thegba.net (we won't bite, much ;))


You gots that right! N. Cali is the best by far.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:36 PM

 DragonsWest, on Jan 6 2010, 07:57 PM, said:

I've been out and about California's central coast and the Bay Area over the holiday break. It's been a blast and some very beautiful and intesting locations, with quite a lot of variety in caches. Some small, some medium, some large, lots of easy ones, quite a few evil ones and puzzle caches by the boat load.

If you have a business or vacation trip planned for out here, by all means bring your GPSr.

For contacting cachers in the San Francisco Bay Area -> www.thegba.net (we won't bite, much ;))


You gots that right! N. Cali is the best by far.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:07 PM

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:42 PM

I just came back from the Oregon coast and every cache I found was top notch. I can't wait to go back.

I also want to put in a good word for Utah. I have lived here my whole life and geocaching is always taking me to new and spectacular places.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:44 AM

One of the bigger surprises for me is that in Europe's major cities, "urban micros" are often in the best "tourist spots" that are often otherwise missed by tourists. For example, I had occasion to visit GC16MYZ - not much of a cache as containers go, but perfectly appropriate to urban conditions. You do what you can. But what a great SITE for a cache. Folks on the other side of the Atlantic tend to leave more of their urban micros in places that deserve a visit for reasons entirely apart from caching.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 08:23 PM

New Zealand is beautiful. The caches have to be water proof as it is often damp, if not raining . . . but that's what keep sit all so green.

One of the best things about caching here tho is that you can put your hand in nearly any hole int he country, with no fear of injury. There are no snakes. They are illegal; arrested immediately upon entry!

Only one spider that will hurt you, and you'd almost have to be looking for that little critter.

NZ has a great tourist network, a superb caching community and is a good alternative for those in the Northern Hemisphere to cache during the Northern Winter.

Let us know you're coming and we'll plan an informal event to meet you and then we'll put you in touch with cachers wherever you're going. Often good for a bed and a meal or two.

I've cached in India, Thailand, USA, and Australia . . . . I'm happy to see how others do it, but I come home satisfied that I live in an optimal caching country with quality hides and gorgeous scenery.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 02:48 AM

 ecanderson, on Jan 30 2010, 08:44 AM, said:

One of the bigger surprises for me is that in Europe's major cities, "urban micros" are often in the best "tourist spots" that are often otherwise missed by tourists. For example, I had occasion to visit GC16MYZ - not much of a cache as containers go, but perfectly appropriate to urban conditions.


I have found that cache as well. Find a cache while a tour group is looking in your general direction (but actually looking up at the building) can be a bit of a challenge. I had a good time caching in Barcelona and most of them were at "tourist spots" but that best part about it was that I had rented a bicycle for the day and rode around the city to find caches and see some of tourist spots.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:19 AM

Sorry if this is the wrong way to post pictures, but I think nova Scotia is the best spot:) I am pretty biased however :lol:

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:24 AM

 Moose Mob, on Jan 14 2010, 01:25 PM, said:

The best place? The desert roads around Las Vegas, of course.

Just ask anyone who rode with the GJTB.



*gasp* Moosemob is still alive and kicking???

Gotta agree, caching in the area around Vegas is great. For fun puzzle caches (and regular caches) within a 50 mile radius though: Valentine, NE ranks waaaaaaay up there, thanks to James Bridger!

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:51 AM

I like those caches/places best, where the scenerey is exceptionally beautiful, where you have a great view or where you can learn more about geological or historical things.
Ususally I prefer to go out into the nature.

I don't really like all those caches in cities, where loads of Muggels are around and where you can just see some building or whatever.

This is a cache, I am especially proud of - a T5. I have a huge fear of heights, so this cache will remain in my memory for ever. :lol:
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Or for example the arena in Pula (Croatia)
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Or simply at the sea
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