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!