Luray Caverns: A Subterranean Wonderland


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Step into a world where enormous underground chambers are filled with countless stalactites and stalagmites that are 4,000,000 centuries in the making. Cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high are home to a myriad of fantastical forms.

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This 'subterranean wonderland' is a place where natural curiosities can be experienced and imaginations can be exercised around every jagged corner.

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{Fried Eggs}

As much fun as it may be to think up your own variations, the self-guided audio tour will answer questions that you didn't know you had, as well as share historic and geological information about the cave. During our tour, I recall many jaw-dropping moments as we wound our way through the grand cavern. For instance, my favorite and most astonishing discovery was the sea of stone that seemed to go on forever.



After realizing that what we were actually looking at was a reflection of the ceiling, I was still in disbelief about what I was seeing!? It was very appropriately named Wonder Lake.

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I don't know how long it took other people to navigate their way to the end, but the brochure suggested a 1 hour time frame. We, on the other hand, took 2 hours! I didn't mind letting everyone pass us because we weren't in any hurry. In fact, we took extremely long pauses at nearly every juncture to bask in the magnificence of this natural landmark.

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{Wishing Well}

Traipsing around underground in Luray Caverns wasn't the only thing we did on our most recent trip to Shenandoah Valley National Park. I still have more of natures wonders to share with you!

Join me on Monday for our next stop:
Waterfalls of Shenandoah National Park!

27 comments:

  1. This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Wow, that would certainly be worth a trip! Thanks.

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  3. Goodness, I am planning to go to Shenandoah next year during autumn. Now you make me really badly want to go!!

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  4. I've not done Luray, but did Mammoth in TN many years ago. Looks like I need to make sure I don't bypass Luray next trip that way. I especially like the Skyline Drive. Beautiful country there.

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  5. Thanks for the tour! I love to travel, too - but $$ is certainly a constraint. Just got back from Yellowstone with the family. --LOVED it.

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  6. Thanks for the tour and the pics. I have always wanted to visit the caverns but for one reason or another never got the chance. Now I know what I missed. -- You sure are getting around these days.

    Sue/HH

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  7. Wow! Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing! It looks like someplace from another planet doesn't it?

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  8. I can only say "STUNNING" I'm glad you took the time to enjoy the experience and get some quality shots for us to enjoy it to. :)

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  9. I have to go there! I am a geo nut.
    Thanks for sharing those pics, I will be adding that to my "must see" list.

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  10. Breathtakingly beautiful!

    Jamie

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  11. Amazing place, thanks for sharing. Your photos are wonderful! I've been to Lewis and Clark Caverns in Montana and to Mount Timpanogos caves in Utah.

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  12. Cool! I saw the signs for that stuff when I was driving down. Looks wicked awesome. Awesome pics too. :)

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  13. Wow, what an amazing place! Thanks for the tour.

    Jane

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  14. absolutely stunning shots - what beauty

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  15. Oh my gosh those pics are stunning!! I remember a cave excursion once in Germany, it was spectacular but nothing close to this! I'm in love :)

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  16. spectacular!! hope you are staying comfy in bed this morning!

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  17. Absolutely amazing! What grand work!

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  18. Thanks. This brought back ancient memories from a childhood visit to Luray Caverns and Natural Bridge.

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  19. Awesome photos! Profesionally done. Reminded me of the cavern we saw in TN. Thanks for the tour.

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  20. Fabuloso photos! I've been to Carlsbad Cavern but that was a long time ago and before I was documenting my life thru photos.

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  21. Gorgeous! I haven't been there since I was wee bitty! Me thinks I need to plan a trip!!!

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  22. very cool! did you stop for a fried egg? ;)

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  23. Oh my goodness, gorgeous photos!

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  24. Incredible! What amazing photos!

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  25. What some fabulous shots! Hard to believe that is real.

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