Cool Places in America: The Lost Sea, Sweetwater TN

It’s your favorite child travel adviser, Tyler,  once again bringing you the best in last minute vacations. Your road trip planner for the weekend getaway to the coolest and strangest places in America. How do I know about them all? My parents are contract workers in the software industry and keep moving the family every 6 months….

We moved to the Smoky Mountains where the fireflies are king and the bears walk through your backyard on a slight angle. My parents got another contract to develop software for an old bootlegging family up in the mountains. There in TN I found this cool cave.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, its America’s largest underground lake. First, you have to tour  the giant caves 140 feet below ground to get there.Then you are welcomed to ride on a glass bottom boat across “The Lost Sea”. An ancient cat’s bones have been preserved at New York City’s Museum of Natural History that were found here, but its 20,000 year-old jaguar tracks are still down there. Plus the temperature is always 58 degrees summer, winter, spring, or fall. In the past the cave was used as a refrigerator. It is the largest fridge I ever seen! People used to dance down here, make moonshine, and have cockfights; what a combination. Then again my older brother said it sounded like the clubs he hangs out in. I do not get it. The lake is so big they have not even found the back of it yet. You can see 4 acres of it before it goes into the rocks out of sight.

So if you are in TN and want something cool to go, no pun intended, then check this place out. Truly one of the cool places in America.


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