It is truly humbling to know that a beautiful piece of the earth can be formed with a trickle of water through a tiny crack in a stone which then develops to a channel. The water does not stop until a tunnel is created. This wondrous process is how most caverns in the Shenandoah Valley formed, but not so with the Shenandoah Caverns.
The ShenandoahCaverns refused to take part in the ordinary formations like the other caverns in the area, opting to go for the extraordinary and more unique formation that helped it become a magnificent piece of natural architecture, well worth visiting.
The Shenandoah Caverns which is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, in addition to the ordinary formation through water trickling, was also helped along through the violent earthquakes in the area that hastened its formation through fault creation. Beautiful colors can be attributed to water’s movement through the minerals such as magnesium and iron in the cavern.
Shenandoah means “daughter of the stars” according to legend, and will lead you through a mile-long guided tour when you opt to pay it a visit. You will be transported through seventeen rooms that are all interconnected, and be able to drink in the sensational beauty of the caverns.The cavern has an elevator service unlike other caverns in the Virginia area, and itsaccessibilityfor the most part also extends to explorers on wheelchairs or those with other accessibility needs.
On a tour of the caverns’ seventeen “rooms”, you will come across the famous “Breakfast Bacon” limestone formation that are so named for their Bacon-like resemblance. With the water dripping through them, you will be reminded of sizzling bacon. The breath-taking Diamond Cascade formation that has inspired some to propose their sweethearts in the tunnel. Some other formations worth seeing include the Capitol Dome, the Rainbow Lake, the Grotto of the Gods, and the Oriental Tea Gardens.
A step into the Shenandoah Caverns Museum will bring you face to face with the famed nine-foot-tall polar bear that stood outside of Zlotnick Furriers in downtown Washington for decades. If you were part of the Main streets across America era and want to revive the memory or want to introduce others to it, then the Shenandoah Caverns is the place to be. When you step into the Main Street of Yesteryear, you will be transported back in time to a beautiful and animated elaborations such as Cinderella going to the ball, elephants that twirl or even the presidential Inauguration parade that is on display complete with floats,bands, and miniature military units.
At the end of the day, for each of the seventeen “rooms” that you step into, you will be spellbound with the beauty that nature has to offer, and you will be left with a breathtaking memory that is bound to be etched in your memory for all eternity. The caverns have a lot to over both the young and the old with an exploration or adventurous spirit.
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