With the season in full swing, the area is at peak fall foliage with bright yellows and red popping up all around us. From historical parks to D.C. landmarks, we put together a list of five great places to spend a weekend checking out all the beautiful autumn colors.
This West Virginia National Historical Park is a great place to visit for some gorgeous fall color. The park is considered one of the best walking parks in the country. Trails for hiking are arranged by difficulty and are perfect for those spectacular Instagram-worthy photos. Visitors can also try the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail that goes north all the way to Pittsburgh. P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, 304-535-6029
Take a road trip to Luray, VA to Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive and experience fall foliage unlike any you’ve ever seen. The drive runs approximately 100 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and it takes about three hours to travel the entire park, giving you plenty of time to take in your colorful surroundings. Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835, 540-999-3500
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is a great place for some fall tree viewing. Behind the historic home are trees as far as the eye can see, and during the peak of the season, the view is breathtaking. There are also lush gardens and landscapes perfect for walking through on a crisp fall afternoon. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121, 703-780-2000
This scenic park in Maryland includes 6,300 acres, and the 90-acre Clopper Lake. The park offers plenty of outdoor activities perfect for sunny fall days, like picnicking, trail hiking, and a playground for the little ones. And for the more adventurous, there is also kayaking, canoeing, and mountain biking available. 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878, 301-924-2127
You don’t have to venture far this fall if you don’t want to. The National Arboretum is located in NE D.C. and full of trails and areas to sit and gaze at all that nature has to offer. Don’t miss the National Capitol columns, which are from the U.S. Capitol circa 1828, or the National Grove of State Trees, which are perfect for finding your home state and taking an autumnal photo. 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202-245-2726