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Meramec Caverns

Listed under Show Caves in St. Louis, United States.

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In a state known for magnificent caves, Meramec Caverns distinguishes itself as the largest commercial cave in the state. Located just off Route 66, this natural wonder is a short 60 minutes outside St. Louis, making it an easy day trip for visitors to the city.

Guided tours are available by trained guides, who lead visitors along a lighted path into the cavern. After you’ve finished seeing such marvels as the Stage Curtain and Wine Table formations, blink back into the sunlight and take a ride on a new zip line, which allows guests to swing through the trees and across the Meramec River.

If you’re not fond of heights, try a riverboat cruise or canoe float, instead.

If your interest lies in historic folklore, a lantern tour may be worth your time. Each guest is given a hand-held lantern and led through the cave by a guide, who shares stories about Native Americans, the Civil War, and infamous outlaw Jesse James.

A restaurant featuring full meals, snack bar, and ice cream counter are available, and fudge is made on the premises, as well. If you don’t think you can take in all the sights in a single day, a motel and campground offer adequate overnight options.

Written by  Alex Witt.

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