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“Shenandoah Valley - Skyline Drive - Luray” 5 of 5 stars
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Shenandoah Valley
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Shenandoah Valley - Skyline Drive - Luray”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We decided to take a July sanity/break, mini-vacation getaway. Seems we need more and more of these lately. Our travels took us to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. If you can take a couple of week days and tack it on to a weekend day, you’ll have a great mini-vacation. The week days were definitely better since there were definitely fewer visitor to the park. We headed down on Wednesday morning and arrived in Front Royal, which is really the Northern most part of Skyline drive. We hit Skyline caverns before starting our trip on Skyline Drive down to Luray. These caverns are interesting and we enjoyed the guided tour. The trip on Skyline Drive was outstanding. We pulled over at each overlook area to appreciate the awesome views. If you have a clear, sunny day you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the Shenandoah Valley. Wow, this was the most beautiful stretch of road we have ever driven…..but, we haven’t made it out to the Rockies yet. There are plenty of overlooks and even if you stop for only a minute or two, hit them all. There ain’t a bad seat in the house folks. You’ll need a car pass to get into the park, but it was only $10 or $15….can’t remember. That gets you in and out of the park for a full week. The drive down to Luray is very scenic and it’s a nice little town. Be sure to see Luray Caverns which is really awe inspiring. This cavern definitely offers more spectacular formations compared to Skyline Caverns. Don’t miss it. You’ll also enjoy the car and history museum’s included in the ticket price. Our other trips into the park on Skyline drive took us to the big meadows and the visitor center which gives a good insight into the history of the park.

Visited July 2012
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“Bentonville Virginia, Thompson Hollow Trail”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We were given some advice from a local to hike the Thompson Hollow Trail in Bentonville, VA which is in Shenandoah National Park. Getting to the trail was tough in itself, it was not marked at all, no signs leading to it. We had to ask people along the way. When we finally got there there was a sign saying that a dirt road had access to the trail but it was difficult finding the trail because there were private roads all over saying "no trespassing" We finally found the trail and found the trails to be really pretty. HOWEVER, when we got back to the parking area 2 cars were broken into and one of them was ours. My wife's purse was stolen and we have spent the entire evening trying to cancel all the credit cards. What a disappointment. The lady from our hotel told us that Bentonville is a high crime area, wish we would have spoken to her earlier. So...be wise- stay away from Bentonville!

Visited July 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“What a wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

I promise that the $15 entrance fee to the park will be well worth it. So many sights and we did not get to see them all; even in the rain!

Visited June 2012
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Take a drive down the Shenandoah Valley from The Dickey Ridge Visitor Centre to the Big Meadows Visitor Centre and you will see some of the most beautiful scenic vistas in Virginia. Drive the Skyline and see bears and deer if you start early enough. Pick a clear day and you will be blown away by the scenery.

Visited May 2012
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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“See the Old Valley Pike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Rt 11 is the Old Valley Pike running from Winchester down past Christiansburg. You will see some beautiful scenery and travel the route used by the early settlers of the Shenandoah Valley as they conducted trade and lived their daily lives. You will travel through small picturesque towns with many small unique shops, antique stores and mainstream modern shops. A wondereful way to travel if you want a leasurely view of life in the valley. Lots of good food along the way.

Visited May 2012
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