Pics: Inside Luray Caverns

Get a dose of natural wonders with a visit to Luray Caverns, about two hours west of downtown D.C.

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Winter weather isn't a problem when you're underground. The caverns stay open year round, giving you the chance to see some natural beauty long after the foliage of the Shenandoah Valley fades.
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Andrew Campbell discovered the caverns (101 Cave Hill Road, Luray, Va.) in 1878 by when air from a sinkhole blew out his candle as he walked. He rounded up some buddies, and they dug until they broke through to a massive cavern below. They then lowered Campbell and his nephew Quint down by rope -- don’t try this at home, kids.
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From its early years, the caverns were a big hit and several hotels popped up around the town to help house the influx of tourists. Some folks have even tied the knot down there.
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