Day trips are appealing to even the most influential of families.
On Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama took her daughters Malia and Sasha, along with her mother, Marian Robinson, on a daylong visit to central Virginia, according to The Associated Press.
The White House day trippers made a stop at Luray Caverns, a popular Shenandoah Valley attraction, where they were treated to a private tour of the caves that feature geological formations known as stalactites and stalagmites. Luray Caverns is a U.S. Natural Landmark and home to the Great Stalacpipe Organ, one of the world's largest musical instruments. After the visit, they reportedly had lunch at theBrookside Restaurantnear Luray, Va.
Their next stop was Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. The estate was closed to visitors during the Obamas' VIP tour.
"We're very happy that they chose to visit Monticello," Wayne Mogielnicki, director of communications for the historic home, said in a statement. "We're thrilled. We hope they enjoyed it. If any other members of the Obama family want to come visit, I'm sure we'd be glad to have them too."
The group received a private tour and then had dinner atThe Virginian in nearby Charlottesville.Restaurant owners Andy and Patrick McClure told WVIR that the Obama family ordered up Virginian crab cakes, southern fried chicken and steak.
Before they left town, the group sampled a Charlottesville tradition: ice cream at Arch's on the Corner.
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