Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.

Luray Caverns

Halfway through Shenandoah National Park, US-211 runs west down to Luray Caverns (540/743-6551, daily, $24 adults, $12 children), the largest and most impressive in the eastern United States—there are 64 acres of caverns to explore. It also boasts the “World’s Only Stalacpipe Organ,” where rubber mallets make music by banging on the stone stalactites. There’s also a large antique car museum and the Luray Valley Museum (included in caverns admission), and a garden maze ($8 adults, $6 children).

Near the caverns, along US-211 a half mile west of town, the Luray Zoo (540/743-4113, daily, $10 adults) is an animal rescue center and zoo that’s home to one of Virginia’s largest collections of scaly creatures, both extinct and living. Cobras, alligators, and 20-foot pythons coexist with tropical birds, big cats, and cheerful, playful monkeys. For younger children, there’s also a petting zoo of goats, deer, donkeys, pigs, and all manner of farmyard animals.


Luray Zoo (1087 US-211)

Luray Caverns (101 Cave Hill Rd.)