Spring Brings Increase in Tourists to Valley Caverns

Quicksburg, VA The Spring is typically a busy time of year at the Shenandoah Caverns. Recently, workers there saw their busiest day in nearly 100 years.

Outside of the United States, most tourists come from Canada, Europe and Russia.

The MacArthur family came to Virginia from Canada, a trip they have had on their bucket list for years.

"We aren't attracted to Disney World," said Ivan MacArthur.

They aren't the only ones. Over Easter week, they had about 700 visitors a day, a fifteen percent increase from last year.

Joe Proctor is the Owner of Shenandoah Caverns. He said, after a tough economic time, more people want to travel and vacation here, having a positive impact on our economy.

"We appreciate it, we understand it, and we see it every day. But, sometimes you need to take a breath and take a look into your own backyard," said Proctor.

While most people think to travel to beaches for vacation, the MacArthur family says the Valley has caves and natural beauty they've never seen before.

"Our geology doesn't give us these types of attractions so to be able to go to something like this is a rarity," said MacArthur .

Now, as the family makes their way through the countryside, Proctor said he expects the industry to continue growing in the next year.

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