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Natural Bridge, VA (Part 2)

Natural Bridge is located by the Shenandoah Valley region, and besides for the state park, there are many other exciting things to see and do.

The first few photos here are from the Caverns at Natural Bridge, located literally 3 minutes down the road from the state park. You do have to pay for the 45-minute tour to visit these, but we thought it was worth every penny. (Ages 13+ are $18, kids 3-12 are $12, under 3 are free.) We were a bit nervous that Peter might be scared, especially since you go the equivalent of 34 stories underground, but he had a blast. Our tour guide was amazing and engaged him, plus the initial descent into the caverns is a very mild and steady decline, which helped. Everyone who asks about our trip, Peter tells them about the caverns!

During our trip, our main focus was the state park, the caverns, and driving around to just see lots of the area, but here is a list of other fun and interesting things to do all within an hour of Natural Bridge:

• Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway (picture #5)

• Dinosaur Kingdom

• Virginia Safari Park (we heard amazing things about this place from so many people)

• George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forests

• Lexington, which has universities (Washington & Lee, VMI), historic sights, and a quaint downtown area

• Virginia Horse Center

Also, check out where you are staying - there were plenty of small local farms, breweries, wineries, shops, and restaurants scattered across the area. You can easily find a hidden gem.

If you want to go a bit further, there is also Shenandoah National Park, as well as the Appomattox Courthouse where General Lee surrendered to General Grand to end the Civil War.

Lastly, one of our favorite parts about the area was that we stayed at an AirBnb that really was out in the middle of nowhere. There were cows on the land that Peter was able to get close to, we saw so many stars at night, and it was just great to truly disconnect for family time.

We hope you enjoyed the information about our first destination park visit! Let us know in the comments if you’d be excited to see more content like this in the future!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on May 21, 2021.)

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