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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shenandoah Valley's Beauty & Beyond

If you happened to be touring the lovely Shenandoah Valley, don't forget to check out the beautiful scenery underground, - the caverns!

Western Virginia has at least 4,000 known caves and many are open to the public. Touring Shenandoah Valley show cave is like taking yourself back 600 million years to when the movement of the continents began the creation of these windows into the netherworld beneath our feet.

The most popular is Luray Caverns, discovered in the 18th century. Designated as a national landmark, the caverns are the largest in the east, featuring a variety of named chambers such as Giant's Hill which is dominated by 10-story high golden columns.

The Grand Caverns is another famous one located near Grottoes. it's the nation's oldest show cave since 1806. Here, you can explore the Cathedral Hall, a vast underground room of 280 feet long and more than 70 feet high. It has drapery-like flow stone on the walls, and massive columns stretch from floor to ceiling.

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