We have seen plenty of stalagmites and stalactites in caverns and caves all over the world, so I was uncertain as to just how good the Luray Caverns in Virginia would be. 

I was stunned by the pristine condition and the abundance of stalagmites and stalactites formations, full-length draperies, huge columns, and dazzling mirror pools that this ancient caved has formed over millions of years. 

Giant Redwood

This huge piece of flowstone is 40 feet high and 120 feet in circumference. As flowstone takes 300 years to form one inch, it is estimated to be over 7 million years old!   

Saracen’s Tent

This is where we find National Geographic’s best example of draperies in the world. It’s definitely the best example I have seen of these flowing delicate curtain formations. 

Double Column

The Giant’s Hall is the deepest part of the caverns (164 ft below the surface of the earth) and has the largest airspace of any room in the caverns. 

Wishing Well

It’s popular for wish seekers to throw money in the pond. At the end of the year, two to three feet of coins will cover the pool. We saw plenty of notes as well, including $100 bills. 

The Cathedral and Great Stalacpipe Organ

It is here you’ll also find the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the largest musical instrument in the world, which uses the stalactites as tone sources. It’s meant to play at various times throughout the day, but I never heard it.