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Virginia Roadside Attractions

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An August 2013 trip to Virginia by MikeInTown

Foamhenge Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia More Photos
Quote: My wife planned a surprise birthday weekend road trip giving us the opportunity to visit places we’ve seen advertised on highway billboards but never had the time to visit. This was a fun weekend of natural wonders, museums, and roadside attractions – including a full-scale styrofoam replica of Stonehenge!

Natural Bridge of Virginia

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Attraction | "Natural Wonder, Nature Walk, Indian Village"

Natural Bridge of Virginia Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia
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First up on our weekend road trip through Virginia was Natural Bridge. The town gets its name from the natural stone bridge that has been attracting tourists since Thomas Jefferson purchased it from King George III of England in 1774 and established a visitor lodge. It’s said that even George Washington carved his initials somewhere in the rocks before becoming the nation’s first president. Today there is a path that leads beneath the natural bridge. This 1-mile nature trail is paved except for a few gravel sections. Regardless, it is an easy, flat walk through the peaceful forest.Along the way, we took an informative detour through a small recreated Monacan Indian village. We ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Natural Bridge of Virginia
15 Appledore Lane
Natural Bridge, Virginia 24578
(540) 291-2121

Natural Bridge Wax Museum

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Attraction | "Fun Tour of U.S. History and Biblical Stories"

Natural Bridge Wax Museum Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia
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In addition to the Natural Bridge, there are a few small attractions in the vicinity. The Natural Bridge Wax Museum is one of these. Its admission is included with your bridge ticket. The dimly-lit museum contains wax figures depicting scenes of Natural Bridge history, Virginia history, American history, and biblical stories. Along the way, there are posted descriptions of the scenes and, in some cases, a button that provides verbal narration when pushed. The museum contains 150 life-sized wax figures. Some of the highlights include the American presidents display ranging from George Washington to Barack Obama. Keep in mind this is not a Madame Tussaud’s museum. Some of the sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Natural Bridge Wax Museum
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Natural Bridge Caverns

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Attraction | "Cool, Damp, and Deep"

Natural Bridge Caverns Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia
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Driving through the Shenandoah region of Virginia, you will undoubtedly see billboards advertising cavern tours. One of these is located up the hill from the Natural Bridge visitor center. The Natural Bridge gift shop runs shuttles to the cavern. Alternately, you can make the short drive there as we did.The cavern tour lasts 45 minutes. A guide led our group 34 stories underground. This is the deepest tourist cavern on the East Coast. Stairs have been installed and the floor has been smoothed. There is no need to squeeze through narrow openings or scramble over rocks. However, you will need to be careful not to bang your head on a low hanging stalactite. The cavern is cool (54°...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Natural Bridge Caverns
I-81 at exits 175 and 180 and the Blue Ridge Parkway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
(540) 291-2121

Foamhenge

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Attraction | "Amusing Roadside Attraction"

Foamhenge Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia
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This was one of the most quirky roadside attractions I have ever seen. It is a full-scale replica of England’s Stonehenge; however, it is made of styrofoam! It was built as an April Fools’ Day prank by Mark Cline, a local artist.The attraction is located on Route 11 about a mile north of the Natural Bridge visitor center. You will need to keep your eyes peeled for this one because unlike other attractions in the area, there is no billboard to advertise it. There is just a simple white sign with foam-like font. We turned onto the dirt road and parked in the grass next to three other vehicles. There is no parking lot or visitor center. I was not sure we were at the right place because I did ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Foamhenge
Rt. 11
Natural Bridge, Virginia
800-533-1410

Natural Bridge Hotel

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Hotel | "Nice Location and Friday Seafood Buffet"

Natural Bridge Hotel Photo, Natural Bridge, Virginia
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The Natural Bridge Hotel is situated just across the street from the Natural Bridge visitor plaza. Natural Bridge was one of the stops on the surprise birthday weekend Virginia road trip my wife planned for me. She booked the Friday Presidents Seafood Accommodation Package. It included a mountain view room, the Friday seafood buffet, 2-day unlimited admission to the Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Cavern tickets, and Wax Museum tickets.The Natural Bridge Hotel has rooms in its main building, the attached wing corridors, and in the cottages across the street. The hotel is referred to as historic. My wife was told that the rooms in the wings are smaller and have old-fashioned furniture. This ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Natural Bridge Hotel
Rte. 11, PO Box 57
Natural Bridge, Virginia 24578

Luray Caverns

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Attraction | "Most Magnificent Caverns I Have Ever Seen"

Luray Caverns Photo, Luray, Virginia
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Incredible! Luray Caverns are the most magnificent caverns I have ever seen. Down the stairs we went for our entrance into this mind-blowing underworld. A guide gave us a short introduction before sending us on our way to explore the cavern on our own. The whole place looks as if oozing rocks were suddenly frozen in time. In actuality, the rocks are still "oozing" – just extremely slowly. Some of these formations take hundreds of years to increase their size by only one inch. Mother Nature is obviously in no hurry to finish this masterpiece. Lurray Caverns is 400 million years old. Some of the highlights for me were Dream Lake and the Stalacpipe Organ. Dream Lake was so clear and still tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Luray Caverns
101 Cave Hill Road
Luray, Virginia 22835
(540) 743-6551

Luray Valley Museum

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Attraction | "Great Artifacts on Display"

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The Luray Valley Museum is located across the road from the main Luray plaza. The admission is included with the purchase of your Luray Caverns ticket. It only took us about 30 minutes to walk through this small but fascinating museum. I was impressed by the period of Luray Valley history it covers. You start off by looking at stone tools and weapons discovered in the area. Some of these date back to 5,000 B.C.! You quickly fast forward many millennia to relics of early Eurpoean settlers and then on to the 1800’s. There is a potbelly stove collection, quilts, printing presses, old bibles, and more. There are weapons and uniforms from the Civil War. I spent some reading a moving entry of a young girl’s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

Luray Valley Museum
970 U.s. 211
Luray $zip
(540) 743-6551

The Mimslyn Inn

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Hotel | "A True Gem"

The Mimslyn Inn Photo, Luray, Virginia
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This hotel is a true gem. This classy establishment is only a 5-minute drive from Luray Caverns. I have to thank my sister and her husband for recommending this one to my wife who planned my surprise birthday weekend Virginia road trip. As we drove to the entrance of the property, I was truly impressed. At the top of a hill was the hotel with its gleaming white columns and balconies. A long semi-circular driveway surrounds the manicured landscape. The curb-side appeal of this place combined with the fact that we were traveling with my sister and her family, who have rather high standards when it comes to travel, made me think we were going to be paying an arm and a leg for our overnight stay. On the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2013

The Mimslyn Inn
401 West Main Street
Luray, Virginia 22835
866-539-0036