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.
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