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    Visiting undergound caverns?

    Has anyone visited any underground caverns in the states? I live in Virginia and we have many. Our most popular one is Luray Caverns, which I'd been to a few times. The formations are just so pretty, and during the summer, it's a great way to get out of the heat. Luray Caverns even has a stalacpipe organ! It's a really neat thing to experience.

    There are a few others ones in Virginia too, like Natural Bridge, which I would really love going to. Has anyone else gone to underground caverns as a vacation spot?

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

    We just went to Virginia in May, and I so wanted to take my son to Luray Caverns. I kept seeing those travel brochures things, you know, and he's REALLY into science and rocks, so I think he would have loved it. Even though we took a two-week trip, we just didn't have enough time to get there. We stayed in Richmond and outside of DC and I think Google said it was, what? Two or three hours away? We did all that we could in the time we had, but just couldn't work that in.

    When I was a teenager my family went to Cooperstown in upstate New York, and one of our side trips was to Howe Caverns. It was really cool. Obviously we didn't go with the caverns as our main destination, but it's one of those things that's somewhat a must-see if you get somewhere that's close to one to visit. My son is only 10, so there is still plenty of time to take him. I'm in SoCal, and don't really know if there's anything like that around here or not, but we get around to enough places. I'm sure I'll be able to take him eventually.

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

    Quote Originally Posted by like2travel View Post
    We just went to Virginia in May, and I so wanted to take my son to Luray Caverns. I kept seeing those travel brochures things, you know, and he's REALLY into science and rocks, so I think he would have loved it. Even though we took a two-week trip, we just didn't have enough time to get there. We stayed in Richmond and outside of DC and I think Google said it was, what? Two or three hours away? We did all that we could in the time we had, but just couldn't work that in.

    When I was a teenager my family went to Cooperstown in upstate New York, and one of our side trips was to Howe Caverns. It was really cool. Obviously we didn't go with the caverns as our main destination, but it's one of those things that's somewhat a must-see if you get somewhere that's close to one to visit. My son is only 10, so there is still plenty of time to take him. I'm in SoCal, and don't really know if there's anything like that around here or not, but we get around to enough places. I'm sure I'll be able to take him eventually.
    Yes, the caverns are a few hours outside of Richmond. The good thing about Luray is that there are a bunch of other caverns within close proximity to them. So, if you stay in the area, you can visit more than one, though I'm told Luray is the main attraction. I haven't been to the others, but I've been to Luray and I believe it's considered a National landmark. It's a very cool place. You're also only an hour or so to the Blue Ridge Mountains. That's a lovely view.

    I would recommend anyone going.

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    Are there any risks involved when visiting a cavern? Do you go in alone or do you get someone who knows those caverns like the back of their hands show you around?

    I've heard tales about people disappearing in caverns along with their guides so this clarification would help convince me to try and face my fear of caverns MizzDeeDee.

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    I've been to a few in Pennsylvania...India Echo Caverns are relatively small but nice.

    @ Denis, It didn't feel especially dangerous to me...if you go for big tourist ones, you go with a group with a leader guiding you. It doesn't feel as claustrophobic as you might think...and it's not like cave diving. You can walk around and most places walk 2-3 side by side. I found it kind of comforting, actually.

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Denis Hard View Post
    Are there any risks involved when visiting a cavern? Do you go in alone or do you get someone who knows those caverns like the back of their hands show you around?

    I've heard tales about people disappearing in caverns along with their guides so this clarification would help convince me to try and face my fear of caverns MizzDeeDee.
    As another poster stated, I really wouldn't worry about that. I would imagine that the only way you'd get lost in a well known cavern would be if you leave the group. As it is, many of the well known caverns in the states have been extensively mapped. They would probably find someone that wandered off easily.

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    No, but over here we have underground caverns! They're a amazing (I heard), I don't know why I haven't gone there, it's really close to the place I live! It actually is 10 minutes away from me by car. This place is full of crystal and subterraneous rivers... I've heard it's a real beauty, and people all around the world come and see it, but not me because I live just 10 minutes away from it, lol. Nah, I think I'll take my boyfriend there He likes that kind of things!
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    I haven't been myself, but my sister and her fiancee visited Mercer Caverns a couple of years ago and said they were spectacular. He's really into those sorts of things, but even she was impressed despite being a bit more urban

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    I absolutely love visiting caverns I think they are so neat, truly something for the entire family. I remember as a kid my parents taking me to several. We live not far from Virginia so I have been to several there, but couldn't tell you exactly which ones. So now that I am older and have kids of my own I plan to do this with my kids. It really is great for all ages and it's something I still enjoy even having done it many times before. I would highly recommend trying them out for anyone who never has before.

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    I haven't yet but a friend is urging me to go to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. It is so scenic there to begin with, got to believe the underground is just as spectacular.

    I always studied spelunking as a kid and would love to check it out as an adult.

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    I live in North Carolina and I have visited the Linville Caverns. It was a neat experience. During the tour we found out that the underground creek held fish and that the fish were blind because they have never seen the sun. During the Civil War the caves and caverns were used by deserters to hid from their companies as well as the enemies. We visited during the hot months of the summer and it was actually cold inside the caverns. I remember exiting the tour and shivering with chill bumps on my arms. It was a great tour and I learned many things. I really need to find the pictures I took of the caves.

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

    Thanks great information i want try this as soon as possible ......

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

    I have visit some of the biggest ans scariest underground caverns which are:
    Mulu Caves
    Jeita Grotto
    Carlsbad Caverns
    Skocjan Caves
    Majlis al Jinn Cave

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

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    Re: Visiting undergound caverns?

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