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One Tank Trip: Mammoth Cave

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MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (WDRB) --Deep in a wooded area of South Central Kentucky, where deer frolic and tourists flock, a huge hole in the earth appears almost out of no where.

"It's unlike anything else," said Rhode Island tourist, Jodi Grinnell.

She's talking about Mammoth Cave. It's a quiet, dark, gorgeous place with a lot of stalactites and stalagmites, and water trickling from the ceiling.

"It's just amazing," Grinnell said.

She is taking it all in for the first time.

"It just blows your mind how big the openings get. You come down the stairway, and you think it's never going to end, and all of the sudden it just opens up," she explained.

There are about 400 thousand people who make their way through Mammoth Cave each year, but none of them will even see half of the place, and that's because it's 400 miles long.

"Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave in the world," spokesperson, Vickie Carson said.

Each of the 400 miles is a cool 54 degrees, which actually feels more like a sauna in the middle of winter.

"It's hot in here," said Grinnell.

Mammoth Cave is the second oldest tourist attraction in America.

"People have always come in just to wonder at the place," Carson said.

Tourists started coming back in 1816. And, no matter who you are, or how adventurous you feel, there's a tour suited for you.

"You go through some big passage ways, but then you go through some that are about the same size as you," explained Carson.

It's what keeps people from around the world making the trip to the Bluegrass, and it's a great stop for a "One Tank Trip."

Cave tours range from $4-$48, depending on what kind you want to take.

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