Brothers Squire and Daniel Boone discovered a vast network of underground caverns in the late 1700s. Today it still lies beneath the surface of southern Indiana and contains a living, growing ecosystem of stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone, all formed by the gritty sands of time. Rushing rivers and waterfalls carry millions of gallons of water through the caverns each day, their sources shrouded in unspeakable mystery hats. Upon arrival at the cavern grounds, an hour-long tour will commence. A trained tour guide will lead you through the nearby woods and into a man-made entrance to the caverns, where lighted walkways take visitors through the same network discovered by the brothers Boone. In addition to seeing the natural formations, you'll catch a glimpse of Squire Boone's coffin. The pioneer eventually settled above the caverns that now bear his name and, per his request, was buried amongst the caves that enchanted him.
While Daniel Boone busied himself gallivanting about the wilderness in search of the perfect hat, his brother led a much more peaceful life. Squire Boone surrounded himself with caverns filled with waterfalls and stalagmites and a tranquil pioneer village. Now named for him, Squire Boon Caverns and Village not only accommodates tours deep within its caves, but high above its forested floor through Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Course.
Designed for ages seven and older, each 90- to 120-minute treetop trip begins on the ground for a brief training session and equipment fitting. Once snugly secured in full body harnesses and adequately disguised as squirrels, participants embark on journeys that climb up to five stories above terra firma. Tours traverse a swinging suspension bridge and glide on six ziplines over the caverns and village, as well as acres of neighboring forests and ravines.
Surrounded by thick woods, lines of vines, rows of apple trees, and a garden lush with vegetables occupy 35 acres of Scout Mountain Winery. There, the Schad family has been handcrafting wines for more than two decades in styles such as blush, syrah, and chambourcin. Tucked away on the property, the family also oversees a quaint bed and breakfast inside a country house erected in the 1920s.
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The resort itself is located in Elizabeth, a southern Indiana town so small that for much of the 19th century, the local school was a single-room log cabin. Yet just across the Ohio River, downtown Louisville brims with indie-music venues, art galleries, and museums, including the Frazier History Museum. South of downtown, you’ll encounter block after block of Victorian mansions in Old Louisville and stately brick buildings at the University of Louisville.Louisville’s pride and joy lies a little farther south at Churchill Downs, which has hosted the Kentucky Derby since 1875. If you’re not around during a race, it’s still worth checking out the Kentucky Derby Museum’s impressive trophy display, historical race footage, and jockey diaries. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.