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Drive-thru or spend the night: Off-season

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Drive-thru or spend the night: Off-season


Dad and DD22 are doing a roadtrip around KY, mainly doing the Bourbon Trail and wanted to visit Mammoth Caves. We're visiting this December, coming from Nashville, TN and afterwards heading to Bardstown, KY.

Should we spend the night in the Mammoth Caves area, or do a tour or two and head straight to Bardstown?

If we spent the night I was thinking of staying in Bowling Green, but now I realise there are other towns a lot more closer, such as Horse Cave etc...

What tours do you recommend? I heard good things about the historic, and Niagara tour.


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1. Re: Drive-thru or spend the night: Off-season

It is only about an hour from Mammoth Cave to Bardstown so I would lean toward lodging in Bardstown. Both areas are rural and small towns so you won't have tons of choices in lodging.

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2. Re: Drive-thru or spend the night: Off-season

I too would go on to Bardstown, but you really don't have to decide now. There are several tours you may want to take at Mammoth Cave. And it may be that you'll choose to do more than one and thus make it a longer day and not feel like driving. Whichever way you choose unless it is Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, you're unlikely to find all of the rooms filled. In fact, even then you won't.

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