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Things To Do in Virginia: Discover The Subterranean World of Luray Caverns

July 26, 2015
Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is one of the most celebrated and largest caves in the US which goes beneath the earth’s surface upto 16 stories deep. Discovered in 1878 by local men who were, at the time, looking for places which they can promote as a tourist destination in the area. I think its discovery must have felt like seeing a pot of gold for them as it definitely is something to be revered.

Luray CAverns

Luray CAverns

We arrived at Luray Caverns at around 10am, with a 2-hour travel time from our house. The roads leading to Luray Caverns was a bit steep and since you’ll be going through mountains, there were lots of curves and turns. The scenery that you see of the Shenandoah Valley is absolutely amazing! The drive itself is already a tourist activity.

Luray CAverns

Luray CAverns

Entrance fee was USD26 per person which includes a guide with you the whole time. Our guide was very informative and patient, I think she was one of the reasons why I enjoyed this tour immensely. Guided tour leaves every 20 minutes.

Luray CAverns

It was hot outside but the temperature inside the cave is cool and refreshing. I probably would advice everyone planning to go there to wear comfortable and not slippery shoes as you’ll be walking for quite a long time inside the caverns and some pathwalks are a bit slippery.

Luray CAverns

The whole cavern is surrounded by numerous stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago. The lighting creates a wonderful ambiance inside the cave focusing on the beautiful rock formations. One of my favorite areas inside the cavern is what they call the Dream Lake. It’s a series of stalactites which clearly reflects on the water below it. The reflection’s so clear and still that you’d think that there are stalagmites forming from the bottom of the cave.

Dream Lake at the Luray Caverns

Dream Lake at the Luray Caverns

And of course, another favorite is the area inside the cavern where you can find the world’s only Stalacpipe Organ. Someone thought of a brilliant idea of putting mechanical rubber mallets on the stalactites which produces sound and program it in accordance to the notes of a piano. The tour includes a chance to listen to a short song played using the Stalacpipe Organ. It was amazing!

Luray CAverns

Luray CAverns

The whole tour lasted for about an hour and the groups were small which is good as it doesn’t feel very crowded inside the cavern. It’s something you shouldn’t miss if you find yourself in the area specially if you like being awed by mother nature. 🙂

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8 Comments

  • Reply beatravelling September 5, 2015 at 22:47

    Wow! Did a walk like this in Puerto Rico, but not as impressive as this. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Corinne September 1, 2015 at 18:53

    I’m not a huge cave fan, but a stalactite organ. I would love to see and hear that! Very cool.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 6, 2015 at 15:59

      The organ was definitely a surprise for me. It’s something that I won’t be able to see anywhere else I guess. 🙂

  • Reply Michele {Malaysian Meanders} August 31, 2015 at 05:33

    I would really like to hear a song on the Stalacpipe Organ. For some reason, I imagine it as a rather spooky sound. That Dream Lake is incredible. It seems like something out of Harry Potter. I’d love to visit Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley someday and will have to add this to the sights to see when I do.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 31, 2015 at 23:40

      It was really spooky! Hahaha. I wouldn’t want to be in there by myself with the organ playing. Interesting still though. :p

  • Reply Lo @ Travel the Unbeaten Path August 29, 2015 at 22:41

    Ha! I love that you just featured the Luray Caverns! I have family in that area and had the chance to visit Luray. What a cool find, isn’t it? I loved it, and once we emerged from it, it started snowing. Your pictures look great too!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High August 29, 2015 at 22:43

      It must be really cold then inside the caverns when you went if it was snowing outside? We went just last spring and it was already super cold inside. :p Thank you, the photos didn’t come out great though. The camera I was using isn’t very good in dark places. I wish I had a better camera with me. 🙂

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