The world is full of natural wonders and while you are busy appreciating what is above the ground, you should also see the beauty that exists below – caves! Visiting a cave provides a very unique and enthralling experience that no other scenery can provide. The amazing rocks, lime stones, butterflies and other creatures that thrive under are so glorious to watch. With this, you surely wish to know about the 5 must see caves in the USA. Here they are:
Mammoth Cave in Kentucky
It is the longest cave system in the world covering more than 285 miles composed of cave passageways. If you are the spelunking type of person, this is surely the best cave for you to visit. You can go in here and explore the intricate labyrinths, climb steep hills and high stairs. If you are more of an adventurer, you can go on wild tours and walk around dusty tunnels and muddy crawls. One of the best spot in the cave is “Fat Man’s Misery” that covers 18 inches in width. Going in this spot is like walking along a shallow channel. You will also love the tour in the cave using only paraffin lamps.
Carlsbad Cavern in Southern Washington
Also called as the “roofed Grand Canyon”, this cave situated in the desert of Chihuauan is the largest, deepest and most elaborately decorated cave in the world. It is known for its huge chamber that is big enough to enclose the infamous Statue of Liberty. Walking through the cave is made more exciting with lighting such as candles, whale oil lamps and ore buckets. For a spelunking tour, you should take the 3 hour trip to the undeveloped cave spots with no walkways, stairs or light. This cave is open for tours every single day except on Christmas.
Jewel Cave in South Dakota
Jewel cave ranks third as the longest cave system all throughout the globe. It encompasses 157 miles surveyed passageways. It comes after other caves such as the Mammoth cave that ranks first and Sistema Sac located in Mexico which ranks the second longest. You will be amazed by the cave’s marvelous calcite formations like the stalagmites and stalactites as well as frostwork and flowstone. Also, you will be attracted to the mineral bubble or called as the hydromagnesite balloon that can be found inside the cave. It is open all throughout the year except on Yuletide and Thanksgiving.
Niagara Cave in Minnesota
It is named after the Niagara Falls since this cave houses a 60 feet waterfall inside. Apart from this, the Niagara Cave is also famous for its gigantic calcite formations, fossils and flowstones that are believed to be almost 500M years old. The nicest spots the visit are the Bunyan’s Bed which is a 20 feet tall limestone chamber and the Battleship which is an island made from limestone. Also, there is a chapel inside which is perfect for weddings.
Meramec Cave in Missouri
It is the biggest cave in Missouri known as the hideout of the notorious outlaw named Jessie James. It is known for its kitsch factor and innate beauty. It can be pretty cold inside with a base temperature of 60 F. There are also a lot of billboard inside the cave since these are being used as ad space.
These 5 must see caves in the USA are open for tours, so you might want to pack your bags now and dive into the caving adventure.
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