Travel into Virginia's storied Shenandoah Valley and visit Luray Caverns, eastern America's largest and most popular and a US Natural Landmark. From well-lit paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal- clear pools. A short drive transforms the pastoral valley into a serpentine highway in the sky along historic Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, enroute to the lodging for the next two nights - Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park. Native wildlife is abundant among the forests and flowered meadows and numerous overlooks afford panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley below. Dinner this evening is provided in the Pollack Dining Room, followed by a "speciality drink" in the Mountaoin Taproom with family-friendly entertainment available to all guests.
A bountiful breakfast is provided on the morning of the second day before departing for Charlottesville with a guide service provided for a driving tour of Shenandoah Nation Park, one of the most popular and scenic areas in the national park system. On a small mountaintop outside Charlottesville we next visit one of America's most fascinating homes, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Following lunch on your own, it's on to tour the plantation home of our 5th President, James Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland before returning to Shenandoah. A fun-filled evening of food and entertainment will be provided for your again at Skyland.
On day three again following a mountain breakfast we depart the breathtaking views from our 4000 foot elevation and travel into the green and golden farm fields of the Shenandaoh Valley below enroute to Winchester,the oldest town west of the Blue Ridge. We discover the Shenandoah Valley's story at a regional history museum complex that includes the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Glen Burnie Historic House and six acres of spectacular gardens. In early afternoon we depart a fabled valley with fond memories.
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