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Description:
Do you know of some place in your town or neighborhood that is unknown to most of the locals and that you would like to share with the waymarking community? A place with a great view, an interesting artifact, or the location of some event that is of interest to the general public. We want the visitors to exclaim, "Wow! I didn't know this was here."
Expanded Description:

A Best Kept Secret is a waymark that shows off a place that most people don't know about but has enough general interest for most people to want to visit and find out more about it. These are the places we think made the very best virtual geocaches. And like virtual geocaches, visitors are expected to provide verification of their visit – usually by finding answers to question that can only be answered by visiting the site.

Unlike virtual geocaches, a Best Kept Secret doesn't have to be a location where you can't place a cache. In fact there can already be a physical or virtual cache there. The location can even be listed in another waymarking category. However, we still want these to be places that have a general interest and, most importantly, they must be relatively unknown to most people in the area.

Instructions for Posting a Best Kept Secrets Waymark:
  1. The waymark should be a specific target that the visitor can find using their GPSr. It should not be something large like a park, a beach, or a mountain. For a view you want to have the visitor go to a very specific spot. For a large building you will want to take them to a particular entrance or other spot in or near the building. For locations inside of buildings, you should post coordinates for the entrance and provide letterbox-style hints to take the visitor to the location. In some cases you may want to have the visitor go to several nearby locations or follow a path through the area. Put additional waypoints and instructions in your description, if neccessary.
  2. There should be one or more questions about an item at a location, something seen at that location, etc., that only the visitor to that physical location will be able to answer. The questions should be difficult enough that they cannot be answered through library or web research. In rare instances, we may allow a photo of the visitor at the location to be used as verification.
  3. You should give your waymark a name and description that will make people want to visit. One way to do this is make it a mystery as to what they will find there. Your name and description will be important factors in deciding whether we accept your waymark.
  4. Use the terrain variable to indicate the difficulty of getting to the waymark. A terrain rating of 1 should be wheelchair accessible. Indicate in your description if the secret place is available only certain hours and whether there is an admission fee.
  • Commercial locations will generally not be allowed.

    Provide additional information, if necessary, in the private note to the Best Kept Secret category managers so that they can determine if the location meets all the requirements for a Best Kept Secret. You do not have to provide the answers to the verification questions. The Best Kept Secrets category managers will review your submission and determine if the location is too well known to be a Best Kept Secret. For example, if there is a Wikipedia.org entry for the location/object it is probably too well known.

    Some virtual caches would be better represented in one of the many other waymarking categories. Not every "Wow" waymark is a Best Kept Secret. If you have a really "Wow" place that people would generally know about, consider another Waymarking category. Some suggestions are Guinness World Records, Weird Story Locations, Roadside Attractions, News Article Locations, Wikipedia Entries, and the many Historic Marker categories.

    The preference is for Best Kept Secret waymarks to be created by locals who have a feeling for how well known a place is. If you discover a location like this while on vacation, we may require additional information to show that it is a well kept secret - we may allow locations known to locals that most visitors would never see.

  • Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:

    Visitors must answer the verification questions (or post a photo when that alternative is allowed). The answers should be emailed to the waymark owner for verification, not to the category officers. Answers should never be posted in the logs. Visitor are also asked to rank their experience for "Wow". Premium members should use the ranking feature (1 means "wasn't worth the visit" and 5 means "Wow"). Non-premium members can let us know in their logs.

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    Best Kept SecretsFlinthuset - Tirstrup - Danmark

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    Flinthuset inde i skoven...The flint house inside the forest

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Walking Boots

    location: Denmark

    date approved: 3/23/2020

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsThe Garden at 120 - London, UK

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    At 15 storeys, The Garden at 120 offers exceptional 360-degree views of the City

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member marcius

    location: London, United Kingdom

    date approved: 3/18/2020

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsPeace and Tranquility near Downtown - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

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    A cool respite from a day of waymarking in downtown OKC. Shade from many trees, fountains, benches, birds chirping, water splashing, sculptures to see. Come here to forget about the noise and traffic, rest and rejuvenate.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957

    location: Oklahoma

    date approved: 11/26/2019

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsChemin de la Cour de la Commanderie - La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France

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    [FR] Un tout petit chemin sombre et caché dans la rue du Palais qui mène à la Cour des Templiers. [EN] A tiny dark path hidden in the street of the Palace that leads to the Templar Court.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bono2333

    location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

    date approved: 7/26/2019

    last visited: 7/26/2019

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    Best Kept SecretsHistorische Peellimieten 1716, Netherlands

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    Borderstone indicating border from 1716, De Peel

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TeamYakara

    location: Limburg, Netherlands

    date approved: 5/11/2019

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsHidden cemetery - Louisville, KY

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    A small cemetery hidden by cedar hedges located in the middle of a parking lot surrounded by shops and restaurants.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LadyKarine

    location: Kentucky

    date approved: 5/7/2019

    last visited: 5/7/2019

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    Best Kept SecretsPeellimieten 1716, Westerbeek, Netherlands

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    De Vredepaal staat symbool voor een lastig oordeel in een zeer betwiste streek.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TeamYakara

    location: Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

    date approved: 4/26/2019

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsThomas Jefferson Hotel Zeppelin Mast -- Birmingham AL

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    Most folks have no idea that the odd tower on top of the Thomas Jefferson Hotel in downtown Birmingham AL is NOT a relic of some 1920s broadcasting equipment: it's a ZEPPELIN MAST -- or so they would have you believe?

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

    location: Alabama

    date approved: 3/7/2019

    last visited: 1/17/2019

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    Best Kept SecretsLa mesure inconnue - Hôtel de Ville - Saint-Quentin -France

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    Une barre de fer forgé entre deux piliers de l'hôtel de ville.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member esslpt02100

    location: Hauts-de-France, France

    date approved: 3/5/2019

    last visited: 9/16/2018

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    Best Kept SecretsPorte de la Montée de la Madeleine - Monistrol d'Allier, Auvergne Rhône Alpes

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    [FR] Une porte en pierre incrustée dans le mur et qui semble ouvrir une voie souterraine sous la rue des Jacquets ! [EN] A stone door encrusted in the wall which seems to open an underground way which passes under the street of Jacquets!

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bono2333

    location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

    date approved: 2/8/2019

    last visited: 6/3/2019

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    Best Kept SecretsLa porte qui donne sur le toit - Monistrol d'Allier, Auvergne Rhône Alpes

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    [FR] Cette maison située dans la montée de la Madeleine a une porte qui donne sur… le toit ! [EN] This house located in the climb of the Madeleine has a door that overlooks ... the roof!

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bono2333

    location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

    date approved: 2/8/2019

    last visited: 6/3/2019

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    Best Kept SecretsCominco Heavy Water Facility - Trail, BC

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    A very secret part of the "Manhattan Project" took place at this site. Even today few people know that the City of Trail contributed to the Manhattan Project.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA

    location: British Columbia, Canada

    date approved: 2/8/2019

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsNATO headquarter, Neercanne, Netherlands

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    NATO Headquarters Cannerberg / Joint Operations Centre (JOC), located behind the Château Neercanne south of Maastricht, on the border with Belgium, was, during the Cold War, a communications center and headquarters of NATO. It housed the war headquarters of Northern Army Group and Second Allied Tactical Air Force.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TeamYakara

    location: Limburg, Netherlands

    date approved: 2/8/2019

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsChemin de ronde. Jonzac. France

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    Chemin de ronde

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lulu_et_compagnie

    location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

    date approved: 11/25/2018

    last visited: 11/26/2018

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    Best Kept SecretsNopeming - Duluth MN

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    Just a short distance off of Interstate 35 lies Nopeming.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member lenron

    location: Minnesota

    date approved: 9/10/2018

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsEben-Ezer Tower, Eben-Emael, Bassenge, Liège, Belgium

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    Of an unusual and unexpected character, the Tower of Eben-Ezer is full of thoroughly thought symbolic: nothing in its construction has been built at random!

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TeamYakara

    location: Liège, Belgium

    date approved: 8/15/2018

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept Secrets(Hidden) Waste belt - Alphen aan den Rijn. (NL)

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    Golf court on former waste belt.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F

    location: Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

    date approved: 8/9/2018

    last visited: 4/27/2019

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    Best Kept SecretsCat's Hotel - Riga, Latvia

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    one of several street cat hotels located in old city of Riga, Latvia

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member oiseau_ca

    location: Latvia

    date approved: 8/4/2018

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsJuri Gagarin auf dem Hausdach - Bonn, NRW, Germany

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    A bust of Yuri Gagarin stands on the roof of a private house at Beethovenallee 68.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member argus1972

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 6/9/2018

    last visited: 9/11/2018

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    Best Kept SecretsThe Purple Door -- Denton TX

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    The famous Denton Purple Door, so secret even the Convention and Visitor's Bureau didn't know about it

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

    location: Texas

    date approved: 3/17/2018

    last visited: 2/27/2018

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    Best Kept SecretsMayan Ruins on Famous 5th Avenue - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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    Very few of the hundreds of tourists and locals passing by every day know that a Mayan temple is hidden behind the restaurant Las Camelias on 5th Avenue just south of Calle 14 Norte in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben

    location: Quintana Roo, Mexico

    date approved: 3/12/2018

    last visited: never

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    Best Kept SecretsDer Spuk am Mühlenteich - Bad Breisig - RLP - Germany

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    Spuk in Bad Breisig

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11

    location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

    date approved: 12/12/2017

    last visited: 10/28/2018

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    Best Kept SecretsLe Raineau (Chinon, Centre, France)

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    [FR] Passage méconnu sous une maison situé à Chinon. [EN] Unknown passage under a house in Chinon.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LeBourguignon

    location: Centre-Val-de-Loire, France

    date approved: 11/29/2017

    last visited: 2/19/2017

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    Best Kept SecretsNine Pointed Star Medallion -- Calhoun County Courthouse grounds, Hampton AR

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    An interesting medallion at the Calhoun County Courthouse leads to a website -- of a person who has no idea what this medallion is

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

    location: Arkansas

    date approved: 11/22/2017

    last visited: 8/5/2017

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    Best Kept SecretsKronleuchtersaal - Köln, Germany

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    DE: Sehenswerter unterirdischer Raum in der Kölner Kanalisation. EN: Interesting underground room in the sewage system of Cologne.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,

    location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

    date approved: 9/1/2017

    last visited: 8/26/2017

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