Mammoth Cave Takes Visitors Back in Time

Admirers of Collins, meanwhile, still leave flowers and food on his grave. If You Go…

MAMMOTH CAVE TOURS: Daily tours often sell out, so make reservations. Fees range from $4 for short self-guided tours, to $10 to $15 for longer tours accompanied by park rangers, to a $45, six-hour "Wild Cave" tour that involves crawling through tight passages. For families, try the two-hour "Frozen Niagara" tour and the three-hour "Violet City Lantern Tour." (Kids under 6 not permitted on the Violet City tour.) Both tours have steep, sometimes slippery climbs; temperature hovers around 50 degrees. For details, click on "View all fees" at www.nps.gov/maca, or call (270) 758-2180. GETTING THERE: Located 90 minutes from Louisville or Nashville; exit 53 from I-65 South, exit 48 from I-65 North. ACCOMMODATIONS: You can camp in the park, or stay at one of Cave City's inexpensive motels. Visit www.cavecity.com or call (800) 346-8908. NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Water parks and amusement parks abound in Cave City. The National Corvette Museum is in Bowling Green (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, admission $8 adults and $4.50 children, (800) 53-VETTE). Kentucky Down Under, a zoo featuring Australian animals, is in Horse Cave (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, March 13 to Oct. 31, (800) 762-2869, admission $18.75 for adults and $10.50 for children, including entry to another cave).

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