VIRGINIA

The Natural Bridge of Virginia
An Enormous Hidden Treasure & Great Package Deals in the Shenandoah Valley & Blue Ridge Mountains

Visit this spectacular National Historic Landmark, The Natural Bridge, and discover why photos don't do it justice, nor words describe it, and why the awe-struck Thomas Jefferson bought it.

Just off I-81 in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley and minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking time to visit the 215-foot tall Natural Bridge that has attracted and captivated travelers for centuries is a must.

Natural Bridge admission includes the Bridge, Cedar Creek Trail, Monacan Indian Village, Wax Museum and Factory Tour, Toy Museum; and Natural Bridge Caverns. Across the street is the historic Natural Bridge Hotel. This summer take advantage of great special hotel packages that start as low as $81 for two (Summer Escape Package) and $125 for a family of four (Summer Family Fun Package). Packages include overnight accommodations, breakfast in the Colonial Dining Room and attraction tickets to the Natural Bridge and Caverns.

As you experience the majesty of the Bridge it is easy to imagine how the arch that spans the wide gorge provided Monacan Indians a means to cross the chasm Mother Nature cut in the mountainside, how the path they forged later carried early settlers in their wagons and civil war troops as they traversed the Shenandoah Valley. Today the Bridge carries travelers on U.S. 11 over the mountain gap without even knowing we crossed its span. Similarly, in the days of old, most travelers passed over without knowing that this amazing creation of nature was right under their feet.

Though there's a lot to do, the crux of the visit is the Bridge. There really is nothing like being there, but typically what happens is visitors stop abruptly once in the ravine and around the bend. Mesmerized by it, you'll pause and saunter beneath The Bridge, then turn and glance at it multiple times as you pass beyond it until it finally tucks itself away.

On-site interpreters share local legends, explain theories on the formation of the Bridge and describe the pivotal role it has played in our Nation's History. Over the years the Bridge has had starring and supporting roles at different points in American History, which is part of the reason it has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a Civil War Trails site. In 1774, an awestruck Thomas Jefferson purchased it from England to preserve it as a mountain retreat and for all to share in its magnificence.

Continue just past the Natural Bridge and step back in time 300 years when you enter the Monacan Indian Village. There you'll find yourself intrigued again, this time by Interpreters demonstrating meal preparation, basket and tool making. Learn how the local tribes lived, how deer, wild turkey, box turtle and elk provided ample food. Ask about the 3 sisters, the ati, trading, trash pits, and you'll be there a while.

Beyond the Indian Village there is a mile long nature trail that ends in a picturesque waterfall. Once you reach Lace Falls, have a seat, listen to the falling water and birds. Watch the fish surfing the rapids.

Staying adjacent to the Bridge at the Natural Bridge Hotel, where the staff offers up a warm welcome, you'll find plenty to do besides visit the Bridge. Your ticket to the Natural Bridge includes the Drama of Creation, the narrated musical and light show presented nightly beneath the Bridge, and the Caverns with its entertaining guided journey through another water-sculpted landscape. Also, at the Bridge entrance you can purchase tickets to laugh and scream your way through Professor Cline's Haunted Monster Museum, explore the wooded trails of Dinosaur Kingdom, and join in the Bigfoot Hunt.

Purchasing a combination Bridge and Caverns ticket is a good value that allows you to enjoy the variety of on-site fun. For the best deal on everything purchase the summer packages on-line.

Add-on extra nights to visit nearby attractions, like Virginia Safari Park, historic Lexington, and vineyards; golf, bike; hike and swim at Cave Mountain Lake; canoe, tube or kayak with Twin River Outfitters, explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and its trails. At the entrance to the Bridge there's a new visitor's desk, where you can get help with ideas. And on the Natural Bridge website you'll also find area information.

On US 11, just 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, mileposts 45.6 & 61, and off I-81, exits 175 or 180, The Natural Bridge is conveniently located for outdoor adventure as well as exploring History. To purchase tickets, rooms, and packages on-line, or for more information go to www.naturalbridgeva.com; call The Natural Bridge of Virginia at 800-533-1410 or 540-291-2121, or email, info@naturalbridgeva.com.

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