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Luray is a small town in Page County in north-central Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 4,871. It lies within the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and offers Civil War historic spots, hiking trails along country roads, rivers, lovely parks, vista overlooks and small town charm. Luray is the nearest town to Thornton Gap, which is the entrance to the Skyline Drive (to the east) and serves as the headquarters for Shenandoah National Park. The nearness of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River provides fishing and boating and white water rafting, but the town is probably best known as being home to Luray Caverns. Originally called Luray Cave, this large underground cavern system has drawn visitors since 1878. The caverns are best known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells. Another attraction is the Luray Singing Tower, officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial, which was erected in 1937. At 117 feet in height, the Luray Singing Tower contains a carillon of 47 bells. The largest bell weighs 7,640 pounds and is six feet in diameter. The smallest weighs a mere 12 1/2 pounds. Recognized as one of the countrys major carillons, regularly scheduled recitals are held, free of charge, through the spring, summer and fall. The carillon is located in a park opposite Luray Caverns.

Surrounding areas: Old Rag Mountain, Virginia (10.8 mi), Mount Jackson, Virginia (11.5 mi), Quicksburg, Virginia (12.3 mi), Roaring Run, Virginia (12.3 mi), Sperryville, Virginia (12.3 mi), Shenandoah, Virginia (15.1 mi), Elkton, Virginia (19.9 mi)

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Luray Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Best Western In Town Of Luray410 W Main StLuray, VA (540) 743-6511
Days Inn138 Whispering HL RdLuray, VA (540) 743-4521
The Cardinal Inn1005 East Main StLuray, VA (888) 648-4633
Quality Inn Shenandoah Valley162 W Old Cross RdNew Market, VA11.9 mi.(540) 740-3141
Holiday Inn Express1130 Motel DrWoodstock, VA14.7 mi.(540) 459-5000
Comfort Inn Shenandoah1011 Motel DrWoodstock, VA14.9 mi.(540) 459-7600
Super 8 Motel250 Conicville BlvdMount Jackson, VA16.9 mi.(540) 477-2911
Pioneer Motel541 S Royal AveFront Royal, VA22.0 mi.(540) 635-4784
Skyline Resort Motel622 S Royal AveFront Royal, VA22.0 mi.(540) 635-5354
Super 8 Motel111 South StFront Royal, VA22.2 mi.(540) 636-4888
Quality Inn-front Royal10 Commerce AveFront Royal, VA22.7 mi.(540) 635-3161
Hotel Strasburg213 Holliday StStrasburg, VA22.9 mi.(800) 348-8327
Ramada21 Signal Knob DrStrasburg, VA22.9 mi.(540) 465-2444
Budget Inn28999 Old Vly PikeStrasburg, VA23.0 mi.(540) 465-5298
Cool Harbor Motel141 West 15TH StFront Royal, VA23.4 mi.(540) 635-2191
Hampton Inn Front Royal9800 Winchester RdFront Royal, VA24.8 mi.(540) 635-1882
Super 8 Motel2120 Reliance RdMiddletown, VA25.9 mi.(540) 868-1800
Candlewood Suites Harrisonburg1560 Country Club RdHarrisonburg, VA26.3 mi.(757) 952-0115
Candlewood Suites1560 Country Club RdHarrisonburg, VA26.3 mi.(540) 437-1400
Motel 610 Linda LnHarrisonburg, VA26.4 mi.(540) 433-6939
Comfort Inn Harrisonburg1440 E Market StHarrisonburg, VA26.5 mi.(540) 433-6066
Holiday Inn Harrisonburg1400 E Market StHarrisonburg, VA26.5 mi.(540) 433-2521
Shoneys Inn45 Burgess RdHarrisonburg, VA26.5 mi.(540) 433-6089
Hampton Inn85 University BlvdHarrisonburg, VA26.6 mi.(540) 432-1111
Lost River State Park - CabinsMathias, WV26.6 mi.(304) 897-5372
Courtyard By Marrott Harrisonburg1890 Evelyn Byrd AveHarrisonburg, VA26.7 mi.(540) 432-3031
Jameson Inn - Harrisonburg1881 Evelyn Byrd AveHarrisonburg, VA26.7 mi.(540) 442-1515
Sleep Inn1891 Evelyn Byrd AveHarrisonburg, VA26.7 mi.(540) 433-7100
Affordable Efficiency20 Pleasant HL RdHarrisonburg, VA26.9 mi.(540) 432-7992
Howard Johnson Inn605 PRT Republic RdHarrisonburg, VA26.9 mi.(540) 434-6771
The Wayside Inn7783 Main StMiddletown, VA27.0 mi.(877) 869-1797
Best Western - Culpeper Inn791 Madison RdCulpeper, VA27.5 mi.(540) 825-1253
Comfort Inn Culpeper890 Willis LnCulpeper, VA27.5 mi.(540) 825-4900
Super 8 Motel - Culpeper889 Willis LnCulpeper, VA27.6 mi.(540) 825-8088
Knights Inn13065 James Madison RdCulpeper, VA28.4 mi.(540) 829-6700
See's MotelMain StWardensville, WV29.4 mi.(304) 874-2666

Luray Weather & Climate

North Central Virginia's Piedmont Region has a humid, subtropical climate with four, distinct seasons. Heavy snows are common in the wintertime in the Piedmont region, while the rest of the state may receive only a fraction of snow. Cold air masses arriving from the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially during the winter, can lead to significant snowfall and ice storms from early November to mid-March. Thunderstorms are possible in all months of the year, but more common in the warm, humid days of summer. Although the temperature of Virginia varies according to location, it generally becomes increasingly warmer farther to the south. During the month of September, anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of Virginias rainfall comes from hurricanes and tropical storms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 22°F 3.08 in. -
February 50°F 24°F 2.64 in. -
March 59°F 30°F 3.38 in. -
April 70°F 39°F 3.15 in. -
May 78°F 47°F 3.92 in. -
June 84°F 56°F 3.98 in. -
July 87°F 60°F 3.77 in. -
August 86°F 58°F 3.51 in. -
September 80°F 52°F 4.35 in. -
October 70°F 40°F 3.49 in. -
November 60°F 33°F 3.49 in. -
December 49°F 25°F 2.85 in. -

Luray Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Shenandoah Valley Regional airport (SHD) located about 36 miles southwest of Luray in Staunton / Waynesboro / Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Charlottesville Albemarle airport (CHO) located approximately 36 miles south of Luray in Charlottesville, Virginia, Eastern Wv Regional Shepherd Field (MRB) located roughly 56 miles northeast of Luray in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and finally the Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) located around 57 miles east of Luray in Washington, District Of Columbia.

Luray Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD74.0 mi.
JeepersRockvilleMD75.8 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA77.3 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD88.2 mi.
 
Water Parks
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD103.6 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Luray Caverns Country Club & ResortLurayVA 
Meadows Farms Golf CourseLocust GroveVA10.3 mi.
Somerset Golf ClubLocust GroveVA10.3 mi.
Jacksons Chase at Pine HillsFront RoyalVA22.2 mi.
Front Royal Country ClubFront RoyalVA25.0 mi.
Packsaddle Ridge Golf ClubHarrisonburgVA27.3 mi.
Lakeview Golf CourseHarrisonburgVA28.0 mi.
Brownings Golf CourseCulpeperVA28.5 mi.
Shenandoah Valley Golf ClubFront RoyalVA28.7 mi.
Bowling Green Country ClubFront RoyalVA28.8 mi.
South Wales Golf ClubJeffersontonVA29.5 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Bryce ResortBasyeVA20.7 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA26.9 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA59.0 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD78.3 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA85.6 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA87.7 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA112.8 mi.
 
State Parks
Lost River State ParkWV28.9 mi. 
Sky Meadows State ParkVA34.5 mi. 
 
Museums
James Madison MuseumOrangeVA34.4 mi.(History)
Toaster Museum FoundationCharlottesvilleVA43.9 mi.(Technology)
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA43.9 mi.(Art)
Loudoun MuseumLeesburgVA57.2 mi.(History)
United States National Slavery MuseumFredericksburgVA59.3 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA22.4 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC78.0 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD108.0 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD108.0 mi.


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