Part of my journey exploring Virginia, I wanted to visit Luray Caverns in the north west; since I found out about this mesmerizing place! It is the largest caverns in the east part of all the U.S. However, once you go there, you will discover that the caves are actually underneath the ground in length. It was discovered few centuries back when earlier sailors arrived in America. Still, scientists didn’t realized it was under water until later after they found evidence of rock formations of fish shapes and sea creatures. It was defiantly one of the memorable experiences I had, especially visiting a cave with remain evidence of a different era!
The location of Luray Caverns is an one hour and half drive from Washington, dc. I went there with full confidence that it was going to be superb because I was excited to cross the Shenandoah national park. Furthermore. Luray, the entire town was actually an area under sea water thousands, if not millions, of years ago. Therefore, after me and my friend arrived there, we were amazed by nature! It was also during summer, the park was gorgeous! On the other hand, what was very surprising to me was the humidity of the weather at Luray, even though its location was no way near an open surface water! I figured it must be the humid air inside the caves that might affected the outside weather, maybe!
Anyways, walking inside the caves felt like walking on the moon or walking inside the deepest ocean yet there were no fishes, no sea life and no water! Everything around me gave me the ocean vibes, where I forgot for a moment there I was actually on land! Due to the all of it was under water as I mentioned earlier, the smell of Iodine and some minerals such as Copper and Sulfur was fairly present. Not only will you feel like you were somewhere inside the ocean, you will smell it and see it, too! There was also water inside the caverns in some areas. I assumed the water was highly contaminated or toxic due to large amount of minerals and salt, but I guess I was wrong! I haven’t tested it, but just by looking at it, it was crystal clear; pretty weird in a positive way!
Time flies faster than I thought! After exploring this surreal place for about two and a half hours without noticing myself, I had to hit the road back to Washington, dc. It felt like I was exploring on another planet, Mars or something. Without doubts, I highly recommend including this place in your ‘places to visit’.
Here is a link I shared on my IGTV last year of Luray Caverns, enjoy!