June 17, 2018

Luray Caverns, Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Luray, VA

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Luray Caverns, in Luray, Virginia, are the largest and most visited caverns in the eastern US. It’s a great destination for groups of all kinds. In addition to the caverns, next door is the Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, an outstanding collection of antique cars, trucks, bicycles and a couple of other modes of transportation. You can purchase admission to both the caverns and the museum on one ticket. Although the caverns are the claim to fame here (and rightly so), I highly recommend the car museum — it’s my favorite spot at this stop. There is also a cafe, and a fudge shop by the entrance to the museum.

A greeter was standing on the sidewalk at the bus drop-off as we pulled in yesterday, waiting to meet my group with their information as well as a meal ticket for me (discount at the cafe). The cafe is basically a fast food operation, but reasonably good food (try the Pork BBQ sandwich — delicious), and can handle bus-size groups easily if they know you’re coming. Public restrooms are right by the bus drop-off, very convenient for bus groups.

I’ve joined groups before on their guided tour though the caverns, so this trip I went once again to the museum where I always seem to see something I hadn’t seen before.

The parking lot is huge, with dedicated bus parking at the far end (bottom) of the lot. That’s my only (minor) gripe here — it’s a long way up the hill to rejoin the group or get something to eat. But it’s worth it. This is an excellent stop, especially if your group hasn’t been here before. It gets my 5-star rating.

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.