Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park, VA

Well, this post is a little late in coming.  But, better late than never, right?

While we were on vacation in Virginia in the beginning of August, we had a chance to go through the Shenandoah National Park and the Luray Caverns.  The Luray Caverns are a U.S. Natural Landmark.  The caverns were discovered in 1878.
  I believe I saw a sign that said that they are the largest caverns in the Eastern United States.  There are rooms inside that reach 10 stories high!  It also boasts the only "stalacpipe organ".  According to the tour guide, the guides used to carry a rubber mallet and would tap different stalactites to show how they made different sounds.  There was a man who went through a tour once, that proposed to make an "organ" and the rest is history.  The stalacpipe organ really is cool!  

Also, at the Luray caverns, they have an auto museum, a Garden Maze and the Luray Valley Museum and Gardens.  My dad went to Luray caverns when he was a little boy and he said it was just a little shack to get into the caves.   It didn't have any of the museums and stuff when he was there the first time in 1958.  So, the area has really grown up.  You can click on any of the pictures below to enlarge them and see them better.

There are also a lot of Civil War battle grounds around the area that we unfortunately did not get to visit.  Hopefully we'll have a chance to go again!  But, there are so many, many places that we haven't been!  

If you'd like to find caverns near you, you can go to www.cavern.com and find a list of caverns.  It does not list all of the caverns, because one of the ones that we've been to in North Florida before is not listed. But, they do have quite a few listed.  You can check by zipcode.

Have you ever been on a cavern tour?  In which part of the country?

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