Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National ParkMammoth Cave National Park is a national park located in the state of Kentucky.

This national park contains the world’s biggest cave system. There is said to be over 400 miles of caves at Mammoth Cave National Park! More and more areas seem to be discovered all the time as well. There is just so much to see here.

This national park is a lot of fun. There are cave tours, camping, trails to walk and hike, horseback riding, and more.

Here are some things that you should know about when visiting Mammoth Cave National Park.

History of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941, but it is said to be over 15,000,000 years old. People have been exploring this cave system for around 4,000 years.

When is Mammoth Cave National Park open?

If you are looking to visit from now until September 1st, then the visitor center hours fare from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Tours are at varying times.

Where should you stay when visiting Mammoth Cave National Park?

When visiting Mammoth Cave National Park, there are plenty of options for places to stay. There are numerous hotels, motels, cottages, and so on in the immediate area.

If you are wanting to have a little bit more fun, there is camping available as well. There are three campgrounds at Mammoth Cave National Park with fees ranging from $12 to $30 per night.

Read Preparing For A Camping Trip for more information if you are new to camping.

Mammoth Cave National ParkHow much does it cost to enter Mammoth Cave National Park?

Mammoth Cave National Park is a great place to visit if you are wanting to have some frugal fun. Most of this national park is free.

There are fees for the cave tours though, which can range anywhere from $2.50 (for seniors) to $48 for an adult taking the Wild Cave Tour. There are several different cave tours at Mammoth Cave, so I’m sure you will find something to your liking.

Can I bring my pets here?

If you have a pet, then you may be wondering if you can bring them to Mammoth Cave National Park. Yes, you can bring your pet, but they must be on a leash. However, they are not allowed in the cave system. There is a kennel at one of the hotels nearby.

Read Traveling With Dogs if you are interested in bringing your pets on your next vacation.

Have you ever visited Mammoth Cave National Park?

 

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National ParkCanyonlands National Park is a place that we visited a few weeks ago. It is located in the town of Moab (which is pretty much located near nothing else). We drove here, and it was a beautiful place. We only spent one day here, and we really regret not spending a few days there.

Canyonlands National Park is home to wildlife, canyons, big rocks, mesas, and a desert.

Here are different things that you should know about Canyonlands National Park.

What should you visit when at Canyonlands National Park?

There are 3 districts at Canyonlands National Park for you to visit. There is Island in the Sky, Needles, and the Maze. When at Canyonlands, you can go hiking, camp, have a picnic, backpack, drive off-road, mountain bike, and raft on the river.

Here are different attractions within these three districts that you should visit:

  • Mesa Arch;
  • Grand View Point;
  • Upheaval Dome;
  • Green River Overlook;
  • Big Spring Canyon Overlook;
  • Tower Ruin;
  • Confluence Overlook;
  • Druid Arch;
  • Joint Trail;
  • Chesler Park;
  • Chocolate Drops; and
  • Horseshoe Canyon.

How is the climate at Canyonlands National Park?

The weather at Canyonlands National Park can fluctuate. The summer months can be hot, with temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and winters can be cold with temperatures in the freezing range. We were going to camp when we went to Canyonlands National Park, but we found it a little too hot in the month of June for us to camp with our two dogs.

How do I get to Canyonlands National Park?

You can get to Canyonlands National Park mainly by driving. There is an airport located nearby but it is a small one. You will need a car with you either way, and make sure you fill up on gas before you enter the national park as there are not many gas stations in the nearby area.

How much does it cost to enter Canyonlands National Park?

Canyonlands National Park has a fee of $10 for private cars to enter. This $10 fee is good for seven days. You can also by a pass that cost $25 that will allow you to enter Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and the Hovenweep National Monument. Or, if you buy the $80 annual pass then you are allowed to all national parks in the United States for one year without having to pay any other additional fee.

 

Have you ever visited Canyonlands National Park?

 

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Attractions You Must Visit While In St. Louis

If you have never been to St. Louis before, then you should make a trip to the city soon. St. Louis isn’t exactly known as a vacation destination, but if you are passing by, live close by or something else, then you should make it worth your while.

Here are a few different places that you should visit when you come to St. Louis next.

Attractions You Must Visit While In St. LouisThe Arch.

Most people visit the Arch when they come to St. Louis. You can go up to the top and see for miles once you get there. You can enter the Arch for free, but if you want to go to the top of it, it costs $10.

I haven’t been to the Arch since I was a child, but I would like to go back again and see it all over again. It’s a lot of fun!

Busch Stadium.

If you are visiting during baseball season, then you should try to visit Busch Stadium. There is an all new Ballpark Village as well which can be a lot of fun. St. Louis is a big baseball town, and tickets can be bought for cheap.

St. Louis Zoo.

St. Louis is home to the St. Louis Zoo. This is one of the best zoos in the United States, and it is free. Yes, I said there is no cost! You can pay for parking, but there is free parking too and that’s what we usually do. The zoo can be a free visit for you and your family, which is a big positive of St. Louis.

City Museum.

The City Museum is not your typical museum. This is a huge playground for both children and adults. Don’t think that it’s just for children, many adults come here to drin and have fun. You can ride a ferris wheel on top of the building, go down stories long slides, hang out in a man made cave, and more.

Brewery tours.

There are plenty of breweries in the St. Louis area. You should try to go on a brewery tour when in St. Louis. They are usually housed in beautiful and historic buildings and offer great tasting beer.

Have some St. Louis food.

St. Louis is famous for a few different food items. Make sure to try our Ted Drewes, local BBQ joints, toasted ravioli and thin crusted pizza.

Have you ever been to St. Louis?

 

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