Best Places to see Fall Foliage in Greater Washington

by McEnearney on November 8, 2017

No matter how long you have lived in the Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia area, you can never get tired of our gorgeous fall foliage. The reds and yellows and oranges are so intense, and driving through the countryside and mountains gives you the pleasure of watching the most stunning season change ever.

There are plenty of places in the area and nearby to experience the colors up close and personal, especially if you’re looking for a beautiful place to escape to for a weekend getaway. Some of the most popular places are: Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, and Deep Creek Lake.

On these getaways, you can enjoy experiences like apple trails, cabins, Civil War trails, and more. Your scenic drives can include vineyards, jazz music, and tasty seafood. Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay, Appalachia…they’ve each got something wonderful to offer as you explore it all.

But if you don’t want to go too far, you can find some excellent views right here in the area. Great Falls Park is one such place, and is hailed as one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington, DC metropolitan area—which you can take in from multiple views all over the 800-acre park. The park offers a variety of activities including hiking, picnicking, kayaking, rock climbing, bicycling, and horseback riding. And all of this is topped by 20-foot waterfalls that display the steepest fall line rapids of any eastern river.

In DC, there are quite a few places as well. The first one we must mention is the U.S. National Arboretum. The living museum displays 446 acres of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. You can tour the gardens on your own by foot, car, or bike, or you can take the 35-minute tram ride and hear an informative narrative about the Arboretum, its history and the display gardens and collection.

There is also Rock Creek Park, DC’s largest park that stretches 30 miles from Montgomery County in Maryland to downtown DC. You can enjoy some leaf peeping and a picnic, hike, bike ride, horseback ride, or participate in a park ranger program. You can also explore the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, the historic Pierce Mill, or the Old Stone House.

For more places to visit this fall, check out these sites:

Scenic Fall Drives in Virginia

Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Montgomery County

Best Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Washington, DC Area

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