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Harpers Ferry to DC

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Harpers Ferry to DC

Hello everyone.

We are a family of four coming from Italy to visit the Atlantic region this summer.

On the last day of our vacation, we have to drop off the car at 12 o'clock in Washington, Union Station. This means that the previous night we don't want to be too far from DC.

The day before, we will be travelling from Staunton, VA, we want to pay a visit to the Luray Caverns, then drive a part of the Skyline Drive to Front Royal, then ... I thought we could even reach Harpers Ferry. But ... here are the questions:

1) We'll be arriving in Harpers Ferry no sooner than dinner time. Is there something to visit at that time? Is it worth to stop just for an evening and a night?

2) Do we have enough time the next morning to reach DC by 12 and drop the car off? How about traffic reaching DC? Google maps gives me 1h 16' of driving time, is it realistic? Maybe we can visit something in Harpers Ferry in the morning?

3) Other options to spend a night not too far from DC, coming from Shenandoah Valley?

Thank you all!

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1. Re: Harpers Ferry to DC

The National Park exhibits and most merchant shops will be closed after dinner time. You will find several dining options which remain open into the evening. There is an entertaining ghost walking tour through the historic district in the evening. A late stroll in the summer will allow you to take in the scenic beauty of the area.

The drive time to DC is accurate provided you avoid the morning rush hour on a weekday. I think if you left Harpers Ferry by 10 AM, you could comfortably reach Union Station with time to spare.

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2. Re: Harpers Ferry to DC

Your Shenandoah day looks great. Luray is well worth the visit.

If you have time, just off of skyline is stone mountain vineyards. http://www.stonemountainvineyards.com/ if there is time.

HF will be quiet in the evening but as stated there are places to eat and you can walk around if you wanted.

other options are Leesburg or Frederick which both have interesting downtown areas and remain close to DC.

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3. Re: Harpers Ferry to DC

Thank you both for your advices.

My major worry was being able to reach DC in time the next day, but seems like this should not be a real problem. At this point, there's good chance that we'll make a stop in Harpers Ferry.

As for the vineyards, we live in a renowned wine-producer region so it would be interesting to pay a visit and taste something :)

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4. Re: Harpers Ferry to DC

We went that way last year and stayed at the Minsyn Inn in Luray. The inn was great, good rooms and dining, and the town of Luray is very nice too, not very touristy with several good shops and restaurants. Our stay at the Minsyn was through a Living Social deal which included two tickets to Luray Caverns. It was a great deal and I think there is a current one going on now, either Living Social or Groupon. You know, you are never sure of these deals until you arrive but when we did, we both said 'Wow, what a deal". If you cannot find coupons check their site, they offer specials too. We are not associated with the inn in any way and live in Colorado. Still, whenever we come this way we will consider an overnight in Luray and the Minsyn Inn.

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5. Re: Harpers Ferry to DC

Thank you NikonBoy for reporting your experience.

Actually, Luray would be a little bit too far from DC, we have to be at Union Station to deliver the car next morning by midday.

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