Fall for Fall- Amazing Fall Day-Tripping Near Washington DC

Fall is one of the best times to enjoy the nation’s capital area. We are surrounded by stunning places where you can spend a very pleasant day out during the fall. Check out 5 fun fall day trips from Washington DC and plan ahead!

  1. Fredericksburg, VA: Just down I- 95, Fredericksburg is a cure for boredom! History and many other adventures await you! From battlefields and museums to water fun, hiking trails and children’s activities. Moreover, the city features top attractions including University of Mary Washington, George Washington’s boyhood homeKenmore Plantation and the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Distance from DC: 53 miles.
  2. Harpers Ferry, WV: Not only the paradise for hikers, but also the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Don’t miss the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, where you and your family can learn old-fashioned bread-baking methods to local archaeology. Head into town to browse the diverse array of shops, dine at a cozy restaurant, and discover the darker side of town with a ghost tour. Distance from DC: 63 miles.

    Harpers Ferry offers fun for all ages.

  3. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD: Located just north of Baltimore offering a fun family day trip experience. It offers 22 acres of topiary gardens, a manor house, visit a butterfly house and hike the nature trails. The sprawling grounds are especially splendid in the fall. Kids will love the themed gardens like the Hunt Scene. Distance from DC: 70 miles.
  4. Charlottesville, VA: The city shines in the fall. Among the top attractions are the Downtown Mall and the Virginia Discovery Museum. First of all, don’t miss Monticello. Located outside of the city, where  you can tour the house and gardens.  Throughout October, the Mountaintop Activity Center invites kids to play 18th-century games. In addition, you can enjoy a bucolic experience at the Carter Mountain Orchard for apple-picking, cider-sipping and doughnut-eating.
  5. Shenandoah National Park- natural beauty at its core.

    Skyline Drive, Shenandoah, VA: Shenandoah National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia just west of the nation’s capital. This gorgeous stretch of road offers you breathtaking views and trails that lead you into waterfalls. This entire route takes approximately 3 hours to traverse. There is a charge of $30. You can also hop off to check out cute little towns like Staunton, where you can grab lunch and browse bookstores and toy stores. Another option: Luray; where you’ll find the amazing Luray Caverns, the largest caverns in the Eastern United States. In a nutshell, this trip may be the most nature connected among the fall day trips from DC.

Credits to Mommy Nearest.