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Luray Caverns, Luray

4.5
#1 of 72 in Nature in Virginia
Canyon Cave
Take a guided tour of Luray Caverns, subterranean caves that were discovered in 1878 and are now a National Historic Landmark. Your knowledgeable guide will identify and explain some of the caves' most impressive formations, such as Leaning Column, Titania's Veil, Dream Lake, and Double Column. Listen to the song of the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which makes stalactites sing by tapping them. The admission fee includes your tour, as well as entrance to the Car and Carriage Caravan and Luray Valley Museum. Make Luray Caverns a centerpiece of your Luray vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Luray tourist route planner.
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  • I would do the caverns again but if you go do not bother paying the extra $5 for the audio portion of the tour. It is just not worth it. I would also plan on eating somewhere else. The food on the pre...  more »
  • Wonderful caverns--no wonder they are rated the best. We took friends from NYS they were very impressed.  more »
  • We happened to be there for the anniversary. It was self guided & the staff was dressed in period clothes. One of the areas were lit by candles as it would have been. Alot of walking but we went at ou...  more »
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  • I am giving a star for what Mother of Nature has provided, this place is amazing. However, the service and the tour earn 0 star. I wish I could get my money back. Very disappointed with the service and the tour, poorly planned. The greedy operators of the place allow more people than the actual capacity of the cave get in at once. Imagine being in there with 100s of people around you who are talking, taking pictures, touching the formations, and their crying kids and babies. My husband and I took a short cut and left the cave. I think if they are REALLY planning to save the cave for many more years to come they should stop letting all those visitors to get in at once and touch things, Greedy people. Once we got out, I asked them about this unorganized program and no tour guide. The answer was because of Holiday weekend so the tour guide were stationed around the cave to answer questions or explain things, so no actual tour guide was traveling with the visitors. We paid for the regular admission but did not get the regular tour, greedy people could have sold less tickets to make the visit more pleasant. I even asked one the cavern associates to remind people over and over to not touch the formation. I think the operators of the place are only worry about the amount of profit they can make today and not worry about the future generations. To be honest the tour at the Natural Bridge cavern was way too organized, our tour guide was amazing, he was very knowledgeable about the history of the cave and the formations. We thought since this place was bigger it would be even better but it was not. Such an unpleasant experience.
  • WOW! Totally awesome. All of it was so cool and interesting. Our guide was very informative about the caverns. The tour takes about one and half hours. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. They also have a coach and car museum and a maze. You can easily spend a number of hours depending on what you interested in.
  • This place is pretty big but well kept and marked. Knew Exactly where to go too, to get tickets. You walk down a lot of stairs and you go with a group, with a guide telling you the history. Place was very cool. They also have a car/carriage museum to go too (if you buy a cavern ticket you can get in to this museum as well).
  • Apparently Sunday of Memorial Day weekend is the busiest day of the year. Buy your tickets online and skip the ticket line. The entrance line was approximately two hours so come ready to stand in line if it is a busy weekend or Summer break. Also be prepared for all weather. It started raining 45 minutes into our wait time and we ended up soaked to the bone. The caverns are beautiful and my kids, 7 & 10, loved it. The mining experience across the street was a huge hit as well.
  • Maggie was our tour guide and she did a great job walking us through the caverns. The place is totally worth it if you're interested to learn about the formations. The walkway inside is not at all strenuous, it's about a mile of walk but at a really slow pace and there are handrails too. Remember the tour has 70 steps down and 68 steps up.

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Aptly nicknamed the "Cabin Capital of Virginia," Luray and the surrounding area feature hundreds of mountain cabins, providing spacious suites with panoramic views of the scenic Shenandoah river valley. Though they can be pricey, these cabins are extremely popular with visitors from nearby Baltimore and Washington, D.C., so take time to shop for deals and make your reservations a few months before your trip. For something less expensive, consider one of Luray's small inns or motels.
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