Happy New Years everyone! To enjoy the long Holiday weekend and still sunny weather we ventured to the Shenandoah Valley area to go caving. Well, to buy a ticket and walk along a path in a cavern to see the stalagmites and stalactites. We traveled about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the Luray Caverns.
We arrived in the morning around 10am. We bought our tickets and got in line. They do the typical family/group picture in front of a green screen before you enter the stairwell to the caverns. Our timing was perfect because we did not have to wait in any line but just immediately went downstairs for the guided tour. The 1 hour guided tour is the only option and they leave about every 20 minutes.
The tour takes you on a mile and a quarter trip through the caverns. It was very interesting and there were some very neat areas.
Our favorite was the Dream Lake which was the largest body of water in the cavern but is only 18-20 inches at its deepest. The optical illusion was just incredible. The mirror image of the entire room feels like you are looking at a giant circle. My white balance was a little off and I didn’t have a tripod so most of the pictures did not turn out very well.
Your tickets also get you entry into the Car and Carriage Caravan and the Luray Valley Museum. We did not go into the Caravan but the museum seemed nice. It was a quick walk through with an almost 3 year old. There were old buildings outside that you could walk through which were nice. Overall, we were very glad we made the day trip to check out this area. It was a fun experience and great to see a part of the world we have never been to.
Where: 101 Cave Hill Road, Luray Virginia
How to Get There: Take 66 to Front Royal and take Highway 340 South. Then take Highway 211 west. Approximately 96 miles from DC
Cost: $26/adult; $14/children 6 to 12, 5 and under FREE