Taking a Day Trip to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Mountains

Usually the ladies and I would head to the beach for the holidays, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. So we headed underground, making a day trip to Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Mountains.

On the lawn there’s a construction of the word LOVE made of wood. Nothing quite as world renowned as the one in Philadelphia, but quite popular as everyone was taking pictures with it.

We got there sometime after 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Mistake. The line was so long that if we didn’t drive a couple of hours to get there, we would’ve left. I was okay with heading back and stopping by Skyline Caverns, another cavern we saw on the way to Luray.

But, Nduku volunteered to stand in line, which took close to an hour to get to the door, while I took Najwa to the Toy Store. There was a huge train display with a miniature city. There were sections broken up in decades of the popular toys at that time. Anyone remember the Cabbage Patch dolls?

Luckily they had a small play area with wooden train cars and a track to keep Najwa preoccupied while we waited.

Najwa playing with trains at Luray Caverns

Najwa playing with trains at Luray Caverns

Statue of Liberty at Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns Toy Store

Luray Caverns Toy Store

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Luray Caverns

But we made it to the caverns. There really isn’t much you can say about them. You just have to visit and experience it yourself. It was discovered in 1878 but were formed [or started its forming] 4 million years ago.

Najwa and Nduku at Luray Caverns

Najwa and Nduku at Luray Caverns

Nduku

Nduku

There are a number of formations in the rocks with cool names, cool histories and cool myths/stories to go along with them, but the place was crowded and Najwa wasn’t one to sit still listening to the tour guides explaining everything. Some of the photos I are of some of those places. They have names such as Totem Poles, Tatiana’s Veil, Pluto’s Chasm, Saracen’s Tent and so forth.

"False Teeth" at Luray Caverns

One of the coolest formations was this one called “False Teeth”

If no one would’ve said anything, I would’ve walked right past this one. “Dream Lake” is Luray Caverns’ largest body of water, but it’s no more than 18 to 20 inches deep. But it’s not the shallowness that hides it, it’s the perfectly still water creating a mirror image of the stalactites hanging from the ceiling.

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“Dream Lake”

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“Dream Lake”

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