The route starts in the North at Harper’s Ferry and then twists and turns 222 miles through the prettiest fall scenes in the District area all the way to Shenandoah Valley. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, spend the night in Shenandoah to soak up even more of the fall season!
Harpers Ferry - 171 Shoreline Dr, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Harpers Ferry is a charming town where West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland meet. There is also a national park there. Harper’s Ferry is one of the only towns through which the Appalachian Trail passes and nestled between the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, it provides spectacular fall views.
Seneca Creek State Park - 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Wrapped around 90 acres of lake is this Maryland State Park in Gaithersburg. There are miles of trees that provide a beautiful array of colors during the fall season.
National Arboretum - 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
The National Arboretum is one of DC’s best kept secrets. Peaceful, quiet and beautiful, this place is the perfect way to soak up the fall foliage. This living museum has 446 acres of trees, plants, flowers and vegetation that remains breathtaking all year round!
Rock Creek Park
The gem of the district, Rock Creek lights up during the fall. Miles and miles of golden, oranges and reds make it an enchanting place to stroll during the fall season.
National Arlington Cemetery - Arlington, VA 22211
National Arlington Cemetery is breathtaking and awe-inspiring any point of the year. However, when you step onto the peaceful grounds and are met with rows of graves, honoring the heroes of this country among the scattered red and orange leaves, with golden light peaking through the tops of the trees, it’s almost impossible not to feel the tears in your eyes at the beauty and richness of the grounds.
Mount Vernon - 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121
Then we move onto George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The former President’s home sits just outside of DC in Alexandria on 500 acres of rolling hills, along the shore of the Potomac River. The natural scenery and well kept grounds are a beautiful background during the fall season.
Great Falls Park - 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
The rushing falls of Great Falls Park in Virginia are typically the main attraction during these hikes but not during the fall. As you climb one of the most popular hiking trails in the state, you will be rewarded with views of orange, golds, reds and yellows trees all along the falls.
Shenandoah Valley - 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East Luray, VA 22835
A few hours south of Washington DC, Shenandoah Valley is one of the prettiest places in the area during the fall season and it is worth the drive! There are 75 scenic overlooks in Shenandoah so there are plenty of opportunities to see nature in all of its glory. The National Park website has a fall color report so you can track to see when the colors are at their richest.