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The Secret Caves of America’s National Parks

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It’s no secret that the U.S. is home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Less well known, however, is that many of those parks are hiding something very special deep underground. That’s right—caves. Miles and miles of them.

Sure, caves can be a bit spooky. (Hello, bats!) But there’s nothing in the world quite like climbing hundreds of feet below the surface, ducking under hanging rocks and squeezing through tight spaces only to suddenly emerge into a giant subterranean chamber.

Here are five natural caverns hiding under America’s national parks. Each of them is worth a visit.

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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure, underground or above. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

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