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King's Palace

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Description: This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

The tour was not strenuous and the sights were amazing. The tour guide seemed to really be into preserving this landmark, and who could blame him. It's worth preserving. We had the lights turned out on us and it makes you really appreciate sight.

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Galveston
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

As 60-ish with mild mobility issues, I was able to do this tour with ease. (Elevator down, tour, elevator up.) Lots of info from our guide, and we were able to stop and sit a couple of times during tour. If you did the bat cave, or if you have been in other caverns, there is a good deal of... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We started with the natural entrance hike and big room the first afternoon and returned in the morning for this guided tour. It was fantastic! The rooms you can see only on this tour are spectacular, and even my 15 year old daughter who hates guided tours said this was her highlight. The kids especially loved the blackout where they... More

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Placitas, New Mexico, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The King's Palace tour is an excellent add on to any visit to Carlsbad Caverns. It is an extra fee tour, with some uphill walking and tight spaces, but well worth the extra cost and 1-1.5 hours. It takes you into a space not generally open to the public except by ranger guided tours, and the rangers have a wealth... More

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Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We really enjoyed this tour. If you have time, take this tour. It's relatively low impact (less than the natural entrance) and you get to see things that were once open to the public. The King's Palace room was nice, but I think the Queen's Chamber is the highlight of the trip. The total blackout is awesome. Once again I... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

There are several choices, so I can't talk about the others, but this one was spectacular! I wish now I had given more time to take another tour, too.

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Valrico, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
104 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

There was an extra charge for this but we purchased it with a general admission 3-day pass - it was well worth the value. The tour is given by a park ranger who provides excellent insights on the history of the caverns and formations. This extension, at one point, was free as part of the general admission but due to... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This tour was one of a few that were still available when I arrived. It was a small group, perhaps 30 people. The tour guide was well-informed. While I enjoyed the King's Palace Tour, the self-guided Big Room was better.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We really enjoyed this Ranger-Led tour, and our Ranger was so knowledgeable concerning the King's Palace. We found out a lot about Jim White and his experiences in the Cavern. We made reservations before we went to Carlsbad Caverns, so we were ready for the tour when we got there. It was a lot of fun!

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Austin, TX
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148 reviews 148 reviews
18 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I took a road trip to Carlsbad Caverns and arrived the early morning of 04/28/14. It's a good thing, because there were long lines of people by 10 a.m. Get there early!! The National Park Service has out done themselves again. What a great experience. I had gone through the caves 50 years ago, but my how things are better... More

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