Love Caves? Check Out These Destinations in the USA

Luray Caverns, Cave Hill Road, VA. Photo by Robert Thiemann on Unsplash

Cave lovers will find themselves in heaven if they take a long trip to the United States. This country’s karst and limestone-rich topography lend itself for underground tunnels to be formed and for spelunkers to have a great time chasing stalactites and stalagmites.

The US is full of caves, but anyone who loves these interesting formations has to add these three American sites to their must-see list.

Mammoth Cave (Kentucky)

The United States’ largest cave system is, in fact, the largest known cave system in the entire world. Located in central Kentucky, this site is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a US National Park, meaning that rangers can take anyone on guided tours throughout the miles of underground paths offered.

Luray Caverns (Virginia)

You don’t have to travel far outside of the nation’s capital of Washington DC to find Luray Caverns, a cave system which stands out for the elaborate rock structures that can be found within it. One of the highlights is its “Dream Lake,” whose mirror-like appearance makes for a stunning sight.

Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico)

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico are the West’s biggest cave system, encompassing more than 100 individual caves. Calcite formations make a stunning display of stalactites and stalagmites in the publicly-accessible area of the caves, an unforgettable sight.