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DC to Charlottesville suggestions

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DC to Charlottesville suggestions

My family and I will be leaving DC July 7th to head home to South Florida by Sunday. I would like to take Skyline Drive to Luray to see the caverns. Should we enter at Front Royal and head to the caverns or should we go directly to the caverns and then take skyline drive south to get to Charlottesville. I was hoping to sight see along the way and maybe even make it to UoV or Highland in the afternoon We will be staying Friday night in Charlottesville, since we have tickets to Monticello the next day. Any suggestions would be appreciated, since we have never been to the area. BTW, our son is a huge history buff. Thanks.

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1. Re: DC to Charlottesville suggestions

I would get up early and go directly to Luray to try to catch one of the earlier tours, then have a quick lunch in Luray, and head for Skyline Drive to see SNP. If you don't stop too often or for too long in the Park, you would make it to C'Ville in time to walk around the grounds of UVA, which you can always do in the evening, but it may be too late for a guided tour (check the times for those on the UVA website). I believe the last tour of the day at Highland is 4 PM. You might have to rush to make that, so I'd try to do that after Monticello on Saturday.

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2. Re: DC to Charlottesville suggestions

As Tango has suggested..Head to Luray Caverns Early...(first tour)

Thornton Gap entrance... Suggest a bite to eat at Big Meadows Lodge.. Keep in mind the speed limit is 35 MPH or Less on Skyline Drive...

https:/…driving-skyline-drive.htm

Please check SNP Alerts & Conditions before travel...

https:/…conditions.htm

Charlottesville Free Trolley..

charlottesville.org/departments-and-services…

As suggested by Tango let Highland go till after your tour of Monticello on Saturday...

Link below for ticks which are prevalent in Virginia..

https:/…ticks.htm

I hope this info helps.

Kesh_grammy

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3. Re: DC to Charlottesville suggestions

Thanks for the tips. Looks like we will head to the caverns 1st.

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5. Re: DC to Charlottesville suggestions

If you have the time, the history buff would probably also enjoy Montpelier, home of James Madison. Fascinating, and a beautiful drive i n the country, about 40 minutes from Charlottesville. There you can tour the mansion and grounds (there is currently a large archeological dig going on and you can talk with the students working on it), as well as walk in the woods and around the horse paddocks (no charge to enter Montpelier, but there is a fee to tour the mansion.

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