We are a family of 5, with 3 kids ages 7-9. We live just north of Philadelphia and would like to take a car trip this August to explore these areas. We were thinking of going to Gettysburg and then heading south to Shenandoah. Not really sure if we should be stopping anywhere along the way.
If we stay at Big Meadow lodge in Shenandoah, can we just take a car trip to Monticello from there or do we need to stay closer?
Our priorities are along the lines of horseback riding, hiking and a little learning for the kids. Also probably going to Luray Caverns. Is that a day trip from Big Meadow Lodge? Is there something that we should make an effort to do with the kids in this area? How many nights should we plan on?
I appreciate any help I can get. I'm kind of lost, it seems overwhelming to plan this trip when I don't really know the area well.