Lonely Planet Writer

Get scavenger hunting with Handstand and Lonely Planet!


Are you a riddler? An adventurer? A dedicated follower of trails?

We've buddied up with US events company Handstand as they embark on their epic, 100-riddle, city-wide scavenger hunt series this fall. The Hunt takes place in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Washington DC, Oakland, and LA, with 100 riddles scattered all over each city, guiding participants throughout the lesser-known attractions and hidden gems that each has to offer. Here's a little tasty teaser to get your curiosity flowing – can you tell which San Francisco landmark this riddle refers to?

'As fire raged, a little girl rallied to aid the Knickerbocker.

This chiselled pillar commemorates her generosity and celebrates those who protect the city she loved.'

The victors of each hunt will win a host of city-specific prizes, and Lonely Planet riddle champions will bag themselves a bundle of goodies, including a copy of our new book Secret Marvels of the World.

If you're ready for an urban scavenger hunt like no other, click the date links below to book your place. Thanks to Handstand, the first 100 people to sign up will also receive a year's free subscription to Lonely Planet magazine!

San Francisco - 9 Sept
Seattle - 16 Sept
Boston - 14 Oct
Washington DC - 21 Oct
Oakland - 4 Nov
Los Angeles - 16 Dec

Use discount code LonelyPlanet for a $10 discount on any registration!


Get scavenging and share your pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #lphandstand - we might just feature you!