Pokemon Go is inescapable at this point. No matter where you live, or where you’re going on vacation this summer, you’re gonna pass more than a few Pokestops and gyms along the way. So why not work on your game in the most badass places in the U.S.? We did a little internetting to find which of America’s most scenic spots are also poppin’ with Pokestops. Go forth and catch them all!
P.S. If you’re gonna be a butthead about people playing Pokemon Go, just stay home.
Smaller cities with tons of landmarks, like Tucumcari, NM, mean lots of Pokestops and gyms, and not a ton of competition. You can hold one of the 10 gyms in town easier since it’s a little off-the-beaten-path. If you’re traveling along Old Route 66, Tucumcari is prime for Pokemon Go, with loads of Pokestops and cool retro signage. And if you happen to be following a Pokemon or hitting a Pokestop, don’t forget to check out and support the local businesses, restaurants and hotels here as well.
The National Parks Service is actually really into Pokemon Go. Cell service might be tricky in some National Parks, but sticking near major attractions like Grand Prismatic and especially Old Faithful are a good bet for picking up on service and finding Pokemon. In fact, the Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria alone has two Pokestops, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel Dining Room has a gym and a Pokestop, and Upper Geyser Basin is dotted with loads of Pokestops as well.
Zion is another great park for Pokemon hunting. Expect to find tons of hefty rock- and ground-type Pokemon here in the desert landscape, as well as land-dwelling water-types along the river. The Lodge is a great place to relax and take advantage of two Pokestops, and Floor of the Valley Road is a great drive to hit tons of other Pokestops.
Pro tip: there’s a Pokestop at the top of Angels Landing, the most incredible hike in the park. Taking breaks to catch Pokemon are great for quick breathers along the steep hike... but be very careful and stay super aware of your surroundings.
We can’t decide if forward-thinking media mogul William Randolph Hearst would approve of the Pokestops hidden across his estate or not, but there are a few to discover here. There’s also a gym behind the stunning Neptune Pool, plus stops dotted across the buildings and gardens of the estate.
The scenic routes and backroads are great places to find less common Pokemon. Plus, you’ll be stopping at a lot of the plaques that serve as Pokestops, so take a moment to absorb the info on them before you move on to the next. Hike from the Multnomah Lodge to the Falls, and then from there along Larch Mountain Trail to hit the Pokestop near Weisendanger Falls and the gym near the Columbia River Highway.
Really feel like you’re doing some exploring by catching Pokemon in a ghost town. There are two gyms at this popular attraction, plus a handful of Pokestops near the old buildings. Hit up the Pokestop out near the giant “CALICO”... it’s a bit of a hike, but you get a killer photo op out of it, too.