Find the best place to stay — Luray

Destination guide

Relaxation, the Luray way

Conveniently located at the confluence of several major transportation routes, Luray’s setting immediately places it at the top of many traveler’s must-see lists. The town’s enduring popularity stems from its proximity to a number of Virginia’s most popular natural attractions—Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, and Skyline Drive, to name just a few. Its appeal will strike you instantly; one look out the window of your Luray vacation rental is enough to appreciate the scenic splendor and small-town charm that keep this area perpetually in vogue.

Things to do

Luray’s national wonders

A vast 200,000-acre expanse of protected wilderness, Shenandoah National Park is the home of some of Virginia’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. Over 500 miles of hiking trails take you through sheltered hollows, past cascading waterfalls, and alongside flowing streams. Over 1,400 species of plants, as well as 190 types of bird and 50 different mammals, can be spotted along these paths, so nature buffs will be in their element. Picnics are a great family option, while travelers staying in one of the many pet-friendly vacation rentals in Luray can seize the opportunity to take their 4-legged pal on an outing of their own.

Activities

Lookout over Luray

The Blue Ridge mountains and Shenandoah Valley combine to provide the majestic scenery around Luray, and the Skyline Drive is the perfect way to take it all in. This 105-mile road runs the length of the Shenandoah National Park and offers 75 scenic overlooks en route. The road is also open for cyclists looking to breathe in the fresh mountain air, while horseback riding is a fantastic choice in the warmer months. Skyline Drive is particularly popular in the fall, when the autumnal colors cast this region in a breathtaking new light. Stare out west over the Shenandoah Valley, or look east for panoramas of the Piedmont.

Weather

Explaining the Luray climate

Virginia falls under the heading of a humid subtropical climate, which generally promises temperate weather and regular rainfall. The winter can get cold, with January averaging at around 31°F, so wrapping up warm is essential. That said, it’s also a fantastic time to visit the nearby ski slopes in Massanutten. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the warm spring and fall months, when the foliage colors come into their own. These periods also see Luray vacation rentals drop in price. Summer temperatures are highest, averaging at 74°F—you’ll have to book early to nab a Luray vacation rental in this busy season.

Natural features

Luray runs deep

The staggering formations of Luray Caverns were first discovered by accident, when a local craftsman’s candle was extinguished by the air leaving its main chamber, Giant’s Hall. Now visitors travel from across the globe to stand in this cave and admire Titania’s Veil, a white calcite structure that descends from the cave’s ceiling, or the Double Column, where a stalagmite and stalactite have joined together to form a 47-foot behemoth. The aptly named Dream Lake reflects these incredible features, creating a shimmering mirror image on the surface of its crystal-clear waters.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Luray

Fly into Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle), the closest airport, located 36.4 mi (58.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Weyers Cave, VA (SHD-Shenandoah Valley Regional), which is 36.6 mi (58.8 km) away.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Luray?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Luray. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Luray Caverns: 529 vacation rentals
  • Luray Valley Museum: 363 vacation rentals
  • The Garden Maze at Luray Caverns: 361 vacation rentals
  • Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park: 348 vacation rentals
  • Car and Carriage Caravan Museum: 361 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Luray listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Luray?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 180 Cabins in Luray. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Luray include:

  • Cottages: 180 rentals available
  • Houses: 103 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 180 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Luray?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 28 vacation rentals with pool available in Luray. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.