8 Reasons to visit Luray Virginia

Small Town, Big Adventure

Located just outside of Shenandoah National Park is the delightful little town of Luray Virginia. Luray is proof that good things come in small packages. There is an amazing amount of things to do and see in this wonderful small town. Read on for 8 reasons why you need to plan a visit to Luray, Virginia.

1. Shenandoah National Park near Luray, Virginia

The sign for Shenandoah National Park Thronton Gap entrance near Luray Virginia.

I had to start the list off with the crown jewel of Luray, Virginia, Shenandoah National Park. Any visit to this area should include a stop here. It is so large and there is so much to do. I would plan for at least 2 days just to explore the park.

The trailhead for the Hawksbill Summit trail in Shenandoah National Park Virginia USA.
Take a hike!

You can hike, bike, and/or get a Junior Ranger badge with the kids (or kids at heart!). Shenandoah is a history lover and outdoor enthusiasts dream location.  For the those who love rustic luxury, stay or visit one of the park’s historic grand lodges: Big Meadow and Skyland. You can also drive all or part of the 105 mile Skyline Drive that runs through the park.

The view from the Hawksbill Summit in Shenandoah National Park Virginia USA.
A view from the top!

2. Luray/Hawksbill Greenway in Luray, Virginia

Beginning the Luray Hawksbill Greenway in Virginia USA.
Spend the day biking or walking the greenway.

Also for cyclists, skaters, and walkers, plan to check out the awesome Luray/Hawksbill Greenway. The 2 mile greenway connects rural and urban spaces as it meanders through Luray, Virginia. Most of the greenway is along the river and there are lots of wonderful murals to see along the way. It’s perfect for families and riders of all ages. It is a paved, fairly level path that is completely separated from the traffic lanes.

Biking the Luray Hawksbill Greenway in Luray Virginia USA.Murals along the river while biking the Luray Hawksbill Greenway in Virginia.

3. Hawksbill Brewing Company in Luray, Virginia

Hawksbill Brewing Company in dowtown Luray Virginia.
Brewventures

If you know the AdventureDawgs, you know we’re going to find a brewery! Even though Luray, Virginia is small, they have a newly opened local craft brewery that is the bomb! We loved Hawksbill Brewing so much we visited twice. That’s impressive considering we were only in town for 3 days lol! The brewery is family friendly. You can also bring you fur babies and hang out on their lovely patio to play some games. Who’s up for a game of giant Connect 4?

The taproom at Hawksbill Brewing in Luray Virginia.
If you tap it, they will come lol.

Beer Flight from Hawksbill Brewing in Luray Virginia.

4. Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia

Entrance to the building at Luray Caverns in Luray Virginia.
Geological natural wonders await you inside

Did you know Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia is the largest, most visited caverns in the eastern US? It is also a US Natural Landmark. They give guided tours through the caverns a couple times an hour. It is like an otherworldly experience. I would imagine it’s what hiking on Mars would be like. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The caverns also stay a comfortable temperature year round. It makes a nice place to avoid the sweltering heat of summer.

A look below at the geological wonder of Luray Caverns in Virginia.

5. The Car Carriage Caravan Museum

The Historic Car and Caravan Museum at Luray Caverns in Virginia..JPG
Where car enthusiasts and history buffs unite

When you visit Luray Caverns, you get two museums, in addition to the caverns, all for one price. The first is the Car Carriage Caravan Museum. It is located right next to the cavern’s entrance. If you love cars, this is the place for you. They have an amazing array of vehicles. It is a self guided walk through and starts from horse drawn buggies up through the vehicles of the 1950’s. It is a very impressive collection.

The Brass Era of vehicles at the Historic Car and Caravan Museum in Luray Virginia.The PreWar Era vehicles at the Historic Car and Caravan Museum in Luray Virginia.

6. Luray Valley Museum

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History comes to life.

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to see what it was like? Well a visit to the Luray Valley Museum is like doing just that. You get to experience what it was like on a Luray Valley Farm in the 19th Century. Check out a Conestoga wagon, visit the home of the county’s first Delegate to the Virginia Assembly, and read Confederate and Union signatures scrawled on the church walls. Best of all, the admission to this living history museum is also included in the cavern admission!

7. Cooter’s

A visit to Cooter's Place in Luray Virginia, a Dukes of Hazard fan's paradise!.JPG
“Just the good ole boys”

Did you watch the Dukes of Hazard growing up? I know I did and I loved it. If you are a fan of the show, you need to visit Cooter’s Place just outside of Luray. It has a cool and free museum full of memorabilia from the shows. You can also get your picture taken in the General Lee or Roscoe’s patrol car! They have a little diner if you want a lite lunch, dinner, or snack plus an ice cream counter, and gift shop. For the superfans, they are having the final Duke Fest the last weekend in July. Get your tickets for “Cooter’s Last Stand” July 29 and 30, 2017 before they run out. Most of the remaining cast members will be there and over 100 General Lees are signed up to attend. It should be quite an event.

A pic of the General Lee from the Dukes of JHazard at Cooter's Place in Luray Virginia.
Woo hoo!
A look into the garage from the Dukes of Hazard at Cooter's Place in Luray Virginia.
“Y’all got ya ears on?”

8. Luray KOA

Registration and office for the Luray KOA campground in Luray Virginia..JPG
Paradise in the mountains!

If you’re visiting the area, you need a place to stay. There are a few well maintained old fashioned motels in town. They are cute and clean. Our #1 place to stay in the area though, would have to be Luray KOA. It is the most picturesque campground I’ve ever stayed at. I felt relaxed and pampered just entering the property. They have plenty of amenities and large sites with full hookups. If you don’t have a camper, they have nice tent sites, a yurt, and cabins for rent. For more info, check out our upcoming Tripadvisor review and post on the campground.

Back-in campsite at the Luray KOA in Luray Virginia.

The spacious, beautiful campsites at Luray KOA Campground in Luray Virginia.
The Dawgs invade Hokie country

So there you have our 8 reasons to visit Luray, Virginia. It amazes me how much this little southern town has to offer. Have you been there before? Would you add anything else to the list?

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