- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2000

LOCATION:

Shenandoah Caverns is in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Follow Route 66 west to Interstate 81 south to Exit 269.

PARKING:

Spaces are plentiful and free, both for Shenandoah Caverns and its sister attraction, "American Celebration on Parade."

INFORMATION:

Phone: 540/477-3115. Web site: www.shenandoah.org/caverns/

COST:

• To Shenandoah Caverns (includes "Return to Yesteryear"): Adults, $12.50; children ages 5 to 14, $6.

• To "American Celebration on Parade": Adults, $8; children ages 5 to 14, $6.

• To all attractions: Adults, $17.50; children ages 5 to 14, $9.

HOURS:

• Nov. 1 through April 14: 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.;

• April 15 through June 15: 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.;

• June 16 through Labor Day: 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.;

• The day after Labor Day through Oct. 31: 5:15 p.m.

OTHER INFORMATION:

• Families might plan to drive past the "American Celebration on Parade" building, continue up the slope and park at the Shenandoah Caverns lodge. (Look for the giant elf.) Take the one-hour tour underground, then visit the "Return to Yesteryear" display in the lodge.

• Finish up by backtracking down to the "American Celebration on Parade" attraction, which is a self-guided tour.

• Ask a staff member for directions to the nearby historic covered bridge, which is en route to the town of New Market, four miles away.

• New Market has a quaint main street lined with antique and gift shops. Several restaurants Johnny Appleseed and Southern Kitchens (and the ubiquitous Burger King) among them offer family fare. Shenandoah Caverns maintains a well-tended picnic area that includes a shelter.

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