The caves at Carlsbad, New Mexico are a world-famous attraction and a picturesque playground for social media stars and professional photographers alike. There are more than 300 of the limestone caves in the system, remnants of an ancient inland sea. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park runs a variety of day and night programs around various aspects of the underground systems, including guided tours and observation of the caverns' current residents—thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats.

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Dramatic landscapes around the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico Sean Pavone / Getty Images

There are many ways to experience the Caverns, but for visits during busy times, such as Spring Break, you need to book in advance. Exploring certain sections of the Caverns require a ranger guide and special equipment, and these tours fill up fast. Avoid disappointment by visiting the Carlsbad Caverns National Park website and making a reservation as soon as you know your travel dates.