Washington DC - Luray Caverns - Skyline Drive in Shenandoah (121 miles)
We will depart in the morning for Virginia. Upon our arrival in this scenic state, we will head to Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley to visit Luray Caverns, which perhaps are best known caverns for the Great Stalactite Organ. In the afternoon we will enter the Shenandoah National Park to take the beautiful skyline drive. We will also take an easy walk on one of the trails among the mountains.
Luray is a town in Page County, Virginia, United States. It is the headquarters for Shenandoah National Park.The most well-known attraction is Luray Caverns, These natural landscape attracted a lot of visitors.
This National Natural Landmark in northern Virginia sees hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Tourists flock to the caves to see the impressive array of rock formations, most notable The Great Stalacpipe Organ-- a musical assortment of stalagmites.
Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (6-12 yrs) $15; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $25|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Shenandoah National Park, VA
Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia near Washington, DC, is home to a fascinating system of caves, the Shenandoah Caverns. Visitors can also see Skyline Drive and Dark Hollow Falls.
Duration: Approx. 2 Hours
Skyline Drive National Park
On the winding drive way on the mountains we will stop at the overlooks to observe the beautiful Shenandoah valleys.A wonderful scenic tour is a must-do in the state of Virginia.
Admission (Mandatory): Adult $15; Child (3-12 yrs) $10; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $15|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Comfort inn/Days inn/Holiday innJohnson City TN or equivalent
Biltmore Estate - Pigeon Forge (63 miles)
In the morning, we will travel to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, a French Renaissance style house built by George Vanderbilt II. We will drive to the highest point in The Great Smoky Mountains. Walking along the Clingmans Dome trail, feels like walk into the cloud, at the observation tower on the summit offers spectacular 360 views of the Smokies. After that, we will reach the Newfound Gap (20 minutes) we can enjoy the beautiful scene of the great mountains located right at the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Tennessee's most famous family resort, where visitors can participate in a western horse dinner show (at your own expense) - Dixie Stampede. After dinner, we will check into our hotel for the night.
Asheville is home to a growing number artists and writers, and has been described as the "hippie capital of the South." If you are looking for good food and relaxing atmosphere, Asheville may be the right destination for you.
Completed in 1985, Biltmore House and Gardens is George Vanderbilt's historic country estate located in Asheville, NC. The 250-room chateau is an architectural masterpiece, as well as the property's gardens and grounds which were designed by renowned architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Admission (Optional): Adult $69.55; Child (10-16 yrs) $34.77; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $69.55|Opening Hours: Daily 8:30am - 6:30am|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours
Great Smoky Mountains, TN
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee boasts impeccable views of that state's segment of the larger Appalachian Mountains. Come visit this impressive wilderness to ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.
Great Smoky Mountains Park
This 520,000-acre park on the eastern border of Tennessee is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage. It is the most-visited national park in the United States, and is renown for the beauty of its landscapes.
Pigeon Forge, TN
Pigeon Forge is a mountain resort city in Sevier County, Tennessee, located in the southeastern United States. Pigeon Forge is primarily a tourist destination. The city's attractions include Dollywood, numerous outlet malls, and music theaters.
Dolly Parton's Stampede
In 1988, the first Dixie Stampede opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just outside of Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. The show is still going strong today, and has expanded to two other locations in the American South.
Admission (Optional): Adult $72.36; Child (3-11 yrs) $44.77; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $72.36|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Standard Hotel: Comfort inn/La Quinta innPigeon Forge TN or equivalent
Great Smoky Mountains - Natural Bridge - Washington DC (483 miles)
In the afternoon, we will reach the Natural Bridge (60 minutes)- referenced in "Moby Dick" and called by Thomas Jefferson "the most sublime of nature's works". The rock arch has a 90-foot span. Virginia's Natural Bridge (located in an eponymous town) has been fascinating travelers for hundreds of years.
Rockbridge County, VA
Rockbridge County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was named for Natural Bridge, a notable landmark in the southern portion of the county.
Referenced in "Moby Dick" and called by Thomas Jefferson "the most Sublime of nature's works," Virginia's Natural Bridge (located in an eponymous town) has been fascinating travellers for hundreds of years. The rock arch has a 90-foot span.
Admission (Optional): Adult $8; Child (6-12 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $8|Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes