5 days in Shenandoah National Park & Luray Itinerary

5 days in Shenandoah National Park & Luray Itinerary

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5 days in Shenandoah National Park & Luray Itinerary

Start: Shenandoah National Park
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Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Luray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Shenandoah National Park

1
night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at James Madison's Montpelier and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Rag Mountain Hike. On your second day here, stroll through Mary's Rock Summit Trail and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park day trip tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Shenandoah National Park. In October, daily temperatures in Shenandoah National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Luray.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

James Madison's Montpelier
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
James Madison's Montpelier ©
James Madison's Montpelier
Old Rag Mountain Hike ©
Old Rag Mountain Hike

3
nights
Luray

Luray ©
Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Luray Caverns. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Copper Fox Distillery, then trek along Stony Man Mountain Overlook, then examine the collection at Luray Valley Museum, and finally take in breathtaking views at Luray Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Naturalist Society Rust Nature Sanctuary and then take in the history at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Luray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shenandoah National Park to Luray takes 1.5 hours. In October in Luray, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Luray

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Audubon Naturalist Society Rust Nature Sanctuary, Copper Fox Distillery
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Luray Caverns ©
Luray Caverns
Manassas National Battlefield Park ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook ©
Stony Man Mountain Overlook

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