Gorgeous Caverns (鐘乳岩琉璃洞) in Virginia
and
Colorful Mountains in Tennessee
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水晶宮殿,洞廳寬大, 抬頭上望,氣勢宏偉。

In 1974, the National Park Service and the Department of Interior designated Luray Caverns as a National
Natural Landmark. It is the largest and most popular stalactite caverns in Eastern America and an internationally
acclaimed destination for sheer beauty and the awesome array of formations, colors and features. The one
hour tour, from well-lighted, paved walkways lead visitors through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories
high. Enormous chambers are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools.
The "Steak and Potatoes" rock formations in Ruby Falls Caverns (紅寶石瀑布) in Tennessee in our second day
of tour as described in my Travelogue web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Amazing_Lookout_Mountain.html
More spectacular views in Luray Caverns
Reflection from the crystal clear Dream Lake that has an almost mirror like appearance. Stalactites are
reflected in the water making them appear to be stalagmites. This illusion is often so convincing that people
are unable to see the real bottom.
The "Fried Eggs" rock formation at Luray Caverns.
聆聽著大自然鐘乳岩為你演奏的美妙音樂,優美的旋律,令人心曠神
怡。

Located in the Cathedral Room in this subterranean wonderland, you can “Hear Rocks Sing” from the "Great
Stalacpipe Organ" which is the world's largest musical instrument using 3 acres of stalactites to produce
symphonic tones. Completely unique are the beautiful tones created by this one-of-a-kind instrument, which
makes music of concert quality from the surrounding stalactite formations covering more than three acres.
This instrument was invented in 1954 by Mr. Leland W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia. It is a lithophone
made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce various tones similar to those
of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells.

Please hear the sample sound of music from this Great Stalacpipe Organ in Luray Caverns at the following
YouTube website:

http://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLlWWt6lDaE
The whole landscape comes aflame, the forest lights up with a mosaic of rich autumn colors heralding seasonal
change.

In addition to touring the gorgeous caverns in Virginia, on the third day, the tour bus took us to the popular
tourist resort town of Gatlinburg in Tennessee. This town sits just outside the main entrance to Great Smoky
Mountains National Park (大霧山國家公園). From Gatlinburg, we got on the aerial tramway to go up a mountain
near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains with colorful
autumn foliage as shown in these photos. The tramway climbs to an overlook at an elevation of 1,800 feet. (But
the tour bus did not take us into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park).
鐘乳岩琉璃洞內金碧輝煌,琳瑯滿目,絢麗多姿,玲瓏玉潤, 晶瑩透
亮。

Gorgeous geological formations in Luray Caverns  in Virginia, USA with various kinds of speleothems, towering
columns, shimmering draperies, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, mirrored pools, huge underground
chambers, "Throne Room", "Giant's Hall", etc.
On our return trip on the fourth day (November 5, 2009) in our 4-day bus trip to Tennessee, our tour bus took
us to tour the gorgeous Luray Caverns in the Shenandoah Valley in Luray, Virginia, USA.
One of the "Breakfast Bacon" limestone formations in Shenandoah Caverns (仙人洞) which is also in the
Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA. In the first day of our 4-day trip to Tennessee, our tour bus took us to tour
the Shenandoah Caverns.
More "Breakfast Bacon" limestone formations in Shenandoah Caverns
Brick walkways lead visitors through different chambers, each with a wonder of its own, marvelously beautiful
. It has been renowned as one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, a world of magic and
majesty.
A view of the aerial tramway, Ober Gatlinburg.
Two maintenance people were working on one of the tramway towers.
When our tour bus crossed the Virginia-Tennessee border on Interstate Highway 81 and stopped at the
parking lot of the Tennessee Welcome Center at Bristol for bus tourists to use the toilet facilities, we saw this
three story, 70 foot long Grand Guitar museum building, world's largest guitar, across I-81. It is a landmark
honoring Bristol as the official Birthplace of Country Music. The first recording of country music took place in
Bristol in August, 1929 by The Carter Family.

Please see the history of the birth of Country Music and the Carter Family at the following YouTube website:

http://
www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&feature=channel_page&v=vvTtRe_0qqM
Many tourists were taking pictures on this parking lot of the Tennessee Welcome Center with the Grand Guitar
landmark (to the left of this picture across I-81) as the background.
More fantastic views in Luray Caverns
The location of Luray Caverns is at: 101 Cave Hill Road Luray, VA. 22835USA, Phone: (540) 743-3821

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Luray Caverns


The location of Shenandoah Caverns is at: 261 Caverns Road, Shenandoah Caverns, Virginia, 22847  USA,
Phone: 540-477-3115

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Shenandoah Cavern

Aerial Tramway at Gatlinburg is located at: 1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738, Phone: (865)
436-5423

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Gatinburg Aerial Tramway


The photos and stories on the second day (November 3, 2009) of our 4-day trip to Tennessee are on my
Travelogue web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Amazing_Lookout_Mountain.html
These gorgeous caverns in Virginia are very popular and attract very large crowd of tourists in the summer
high season resulting in very long waiting lines and long waiting time in the summer season. This can be
bothersome to some people. We were lucky to tour these caverns in the first week of November at low
season, thereby, avoiding the large crowd of tourists, long waiting lines and long waiting time.
Saracen's tent is considered to be one of the most well-formed draperies in the world
鐘乳石,石筍,石柱,石幔,石花,琳瑯滿目,比比皆是, 玲瓏多
姿,晶瑩透亮, 景象萬千。

Totems or columns in a big chamber in Luray Caverns
洞內鐘乳石、石筍比比皆是,奇形怪狀, 燈光輝映,宛若置身於 “水
晶龍宮”。

For the evening of the third day in this 4-day trip, the tour bus took us to enjoy Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
dinner-and-show at 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863. It is a fun-filled, action-packed Dinner
and Show extravaganza in a grand arena (35,000 square-foot) with about 2,000 audience.  It brings together
stunning performers, amazing horse feats, fantastic stunt riders, magic and audience participation. The
fabulous four-course dinner feast was delicious but so big that most people could not finish it and had to get a
doggy bag to bring half of the big meal back to finish it on the following day. (邊吃邊看各式不同馬術高能度及歌
舞表演)
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滿山遍野 詩情畫意的秋景。

One of nature's grandest autumn displays of vibrant bold colors on mountains near the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park.

More detailed information and photos of the scenic drives and hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park are available at:

http://
smokymountains.com/park/
琉璃洞內的天然水晶鐘乳石,奇石百出,七彩奇幻,鬼斧神工,氣勢
雄渾, 奇景令人驚歎。
正逢秋高氣爽,乘纜車登上山頂,一覽 大霧山國家公園 眾山秋色,
夢幻紅葉,金黃璀璨, 連綿不斷的山脈形成了如夢境般的畫面。
迷人的氣質和奇險幽深的風格,堪稱一座 “地下迷宮”。
琉璃帳幔有如飛瀑傾瀉, 千姿百態的石鐘乳幻化成樓台擱殿、晶柱
帷簾,玉乳縱橫成萬象。
洞內潭水如鏡,石鐘乳琳琅滿目,上下倒影,虛虛實實,遊人在此
欣賞,別有一番樂趣。
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