Plan Your Road Trip to Luray, Virginia

Garden Maze, Luray- Photo Credit: Luray Caverns

Road trips remain one of my favorite ways to travel. There is something freeing and deeply personal about getting in the car and hitting the open highway. Road trips make for the best stories! The first time that I visited Luray was during a trip to the Shenandoah Valley. What struck me most about Luray was her blue mountains. If you look where Luray is located, you’ll understand why the views are so staggering. Located between Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington Forest, Luray’s natural beauty provides 360 degrees of unparalleled views. However, there is more to Luray than its natural beauty. It’s a town immersed in art, adventure, shopping, food, and history. It appeals to families, kids, couples, and solo travelers.  If you are in need of something fun and relaxing, I’ve put together everything that you need for your next road trip. What are you waiting for?

Luray, Virginia

Distance

Pittsburgh, 4 hours, 11 minutes, (236 miles), Maryland, 2 hours, 20 minutes, (128 miles), Harrisburg, 2 hours, 44 minutes, (165 miles), D.C., One hour, 45 minutes, ( 92 miles), West Virginia, 4 hours, 16 minutes, (186 miles), Philadelphia, 4 hours, 5 minutes, (231 miles).

Luray Caverns, Luray, Virginia- Photo Credit: Luray Caverns
Luray Caverns, Luray, Virginia- Photo Credit: Luray Caverns

Attractions

Luray Caverns  Discovered in 1878, people come from all over to visit the largest caverns in the eastern United States.

The Garden Maze– Located on the same property as the Luray Caverns, this puzzle-like maze leads you past fountains and a look out tunnel. The hedges are 8 feet tall and perfect for big and little kids alike.

Car and Carriage Caravan Museum– Over 75 historic vehicles on display. (Entrance fee included with purchase of  Luray Caverns ticket purchase).

Toy Town Junction–  If you love nostalgic toys and trains, this is the place for you. The display is here due to the generosity of one man with the mission to make children smile. Dr. Richard Worden, a retired Methodist Minister, donated his entire collection to the Luray Caverns. (Entrance fee included with purchase of Luray Caverns ticket purchase).

Shenandoah Heritage Museum–  Start your visit at the Luray Valley Museum and across seven acres depicting life in a 19th century farming community. (Entrance fee included with purchase of Luray Caverns ticket purchase).

Warehouse Art Gallery– Jim Mayes, gallery owner had a vision for Luray and local artists. An artist himself, he opened the gallery in 2002.  This cool space is home to the works of over 1,000 works of art by 90 regional artists. You will find; pottery, sculpture, photography, and jewelry just to name a few.

Warehouse Art Gallery, Luray, Virginia- Photo Credit: Jim Mayes
Warehouse Art Gallery, Luray, Virginia- Photo Credit: Jim Mayes

Luray Hawksbill Greenway– A great way to incorporate art, history, and recreation. It is a two mile loop which starts in a serene setting and winds its way through historic downtown Luray. You’ll pass quiet streams and bridges while you view 26 murals that are painted on the sides of buildings depicting historic scenes of Luray.  Perfect for anyone including cyclists, birdwatchers, anglers, and your favorite dog! There are trail side benches and picnic tables along the way.

“The White House Ferry”, Merle Hilscher

Page Theatre– A business created by the vision of one person and carried on by the Hokes family, this is a very cool and iconic theatre. It is often referred to as the Big Pink Theatre located in the center of town. Step inside and you will be transformed to another era! Check out their website for show times.

Page Theater, Luray, Virginia

Luray Bell Tower–  Erected in 1937, the tower is 117 ft. high and has a carillon of 47 bells.

Luray Bell Tower, Luray, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park–  Luray is about a 15 minute drive to the Thornton Gap entrance to the park which makes it the perfect location.

George Washington National Forest–  The park is approximately 34 minutes from Luray via State Route 675.

Downtown Shopping–  You will find a very eclectic mix when it comes to shopping here. Choose from vintage, home decor, jewelry, and clothing for the outdoor enthusiast.

Local Vineyards and Brewing Companies– Here is a listing of some of the closest to Luray.

Restaurants/Cafes

Moonshadows Restaurant, Luray, Virginia

Moonshadows Restaurant-Located in the historic district, this is one of my favorite restaurants. This is upscale dining, however, it is very relaxed. Choose from dining on the porch, garden, or inside this beautifully restored home. Farm to table ingredients along with a great selection of wine and imported beer make this the perfect place.

Baby Moons– I was drawn in by the cool vintage signage and decor, but, can we talk about the food? You can find anything from breakfast scones, sandwiches, quiche, and more. The food is next level and the early morning hours make it the perfect stop if you are headed back on the road.

Baby Moons, Luray, Virginia

Gathering Grounds Patisserie and Cafe–  Another one of my favorites for fresh salads, quick bites, and pastries of course! The perfect spot to stop when shopping. Love the atmosphere too!

More Restaurants and Cafes

Inn of the Shenandoah, Luray, Virginia

Accommodations

Skyland–  Located in Shenandoah National Park along picturesque Skyline Drive. Skyland is 6.6 miles from the center of Luray. Select pet friendly rooms available.

Inn of the Shenandoah–  Charming five star bed and breakfast located in town with a very secluded feel. Conveniently located by Gathering Grounds Patisserie and Moonshadows Restaurant.

Mimslyn Inn–  Classic Georgian revival architecture where you can choose from boutique homes, cottages, and suites. Everything you need is here from spa amenities, upscale dining, fitness, and outdoor fire pits. 

Be sure to check out Airbnb for rentals in Luray, as well as additional accommodations.

 

Time to start planning. Here’s to a happy road trip!

 

*Due to Covid, hours of operation may vary for the above businesses. Please check their websites for updates.

 

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