ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cave Tours: A Unique Vacation Idea

Updated on July 13, 2011

If you're looking for a unique, memorable vacation idea, consider setting out on a caving adventure. Depending on where you live, you may be within a fairly easy driving distance of several caves. Visit the U.S. Show Caves Directory to locate caves that might be convenient for you to visit during your travels.

My Personal Cave Touring Experience

I've toured show caves in many parts of the southern and western parts of the United States, and I hope to have an opportunity to visit more in the future. There's just something really special – and humbling -- about having an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the subterranean and beauty of a cave. While there are often similarities among caves, each one is truly unique.

I can honestly recommend visiting each of the caves on this list.

Southern Caves

Caves I have visited in the southeastern part of the U.S. include:

  • Cathedral Caverns State Park (Woodville, Alabama)
  • DeSoto Caverns (Childersburg, Alabama)
  • Rickwood Caverns State Park (Warrior, Alabama)
  • Russell Cave National Monument (Mount Carmel, Alabama)
  • Sequoyah Caverns (Valley Head, Alabama)
  • Florida Caverns State Park (Marianna, Florida)
  • Cosmic Cavern (Berryville, Arkansas)
  • Crystal Onyx Cave (Cave City, Kentucky)
  • Cub Run Cave (Cub Run, Kentucky)
  • Diamond Caverns (Park City, Kentucky)
  • Hidden River Cave (Horse Cave, Kentucky)
  • Mammoth Cave (Mammoth Cave, Kentucky)
  • Forbidden Caverns (Sevierville, Tennessee)
  • Lost Sea (Sweetwater, Tenneseee)
  • Raccoon Mountain (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • Ruby Falls (Chattanooga, Tennesse)
  • Tuckaleechee Caverns (Townsend, Tenessee)

Western Caves

Caves that I have visited in the western part of the U.S. include:

  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park (Tucson, Arizona)
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park (Tucson, Arizona)
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park (White City, New Mexico)
  • Caverns of Sonora (Sonora, Texas)

Consider a Caving Trip of Your Own!

If you're looking for something different to try the next time you go on vacation, I highly recommend visiting one or more caves. It's sure to be a memorable experience for you and your family!

Again, visit the U.S. Show Caves Directory to find out where there are show caves near you or in the areas you plan to travel. The site is organized by state. Once you choose the state that you are interested in, you'll be taken to a list of caves with links to websites you can visit for specifics about each one.

Keep in mind that some caves close for the winter, so be sure to check for operating seasons and hours before planning your trip!

Want to Share Other Recommendations

If you've visiting other caves that you'd like to recommend, feel free to share your experiences with readers in the comments section below!

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • ReuVera profile image

    ReuVera 

    8 years ago from USA

    You are welcome to Wisconsin! Though my state is not as rich in caves as other states, you'll find some worth visiting. I wrote a hub about Crystal Cave in WI.

  • Randy Godwin profile image

    Randy Godwin 

    8 years ago from Southern Georgia

    It takes a certain type of person to appreciate these wonderful caves, MG! I've visited some of those mentioned in your hub and they are so interesting because of their vastness and great beauty! But others disagree because of claustrophobia or fear of the darkness! To bad for them!

    Enjoyed the read!

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)