Looking for something different to do if you don't mind a little drive in the country to get there? Then you have to check out Luray Caverns. If you are into cavern tours, this one is not to be missed. There are rock formations that can be found nowhere on the planet, as well as a one of a kind organ that uses the rock to make the tones. This fact actually makes the caverns the largest musical instrument on the planet! The trip through caverns takes about hour as it is about a mile..making it the largest cavern complex in the eastern US. Other than the organ, probably the most spectacular feature is "Dream Lake". I can't really describe it, as words don't do it justice. You just have to experience it for yourself. Luray Caverns is open every day of the year. Guided tours depart approximately every twenty minutes. General-admission rates include the tour of Luray Caverns and the entrance into the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. There is also a garden maze on site that you can try your luck at as well.
Yes, I finally went and did it last weekend. I drove the famous Skyline Drive from north to south through the Shenandoah National Park. The drive is awesome! I am fortunate enough to have a car with a sunroof that opens wide so I could enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the park. The speed limit through the park is 35mph so it takes about 3 hours to do, but it is well worth it. The vistas are beautiful as well as glimpses of the wildlife. I saw tons of deer to include a year old buck that decided to stand by the road and pose for pictures as cars stopped to get various shots. I even saw a large black bear...in fact i almost hit him with my car as he came out of nowhere. Good thing I kept to the speed limit. Speaking of speed, really watch it as there are many switchbacks and almost anything from deer to hikers to bikers could be in the road ahead of you around a blind curve.
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. The building opened in December, 2003, and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. The two sites together showcase the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world. The Center was named in honor of its major donor, and features the large Boeing Aviation Hangar in which aircraft are displayed on three levels. Visitors can walk among aircraft and small artifacts in display cases located on the floor, and view aircraft hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks. Many engines, helicopters, ultra-lights, and experimental flying machines are on display in a museum setting for the first time. Among the aviation artifacts on display are the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the Boeing Dash 80, the prototype of the 707; the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; and the deHavilland Chipmunk aerobatic airplane.