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Ever taken a road trip in Northern Virginia to see the fall leaves? Or maybe ventured out a little farther to the mountains of West Virginia or perhaps up the east coast to see the autumn foliage?

Northern Virginia is one of the prettiest states to take a fall drive; there are many incredible fall destinations and road trip options. Whether it’s a day drive or a weekend get-a-way, fun and beauty awaits!

For our area, Skyline drive is a given! This is a 106-mile road offering 75 overlooks. Some of the best views are at Hogback Overlook where you can see the winding path of the Shenandoah River. Hazeltop Ridge Overlook offers the classic Smoky Mountain horizon; pull over and hike one of the many marked paths and trails.

Of course, there is also the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia’s most famous highway. This parkway connects two national parks, Shenandoah and The Great Smoky Mountains. A road trip along this parkway will not disappoint. Really, at any time of the year it is just a beautiful drive. You can start this drive in Front Royal and continue until you end up in North Carolina. Take a weekend and do the entire 469 miles!

Right next door to us, we have West Virginia, another amazing state with spectacular views. Highland Scenic Highway is 43 miles of dense hardwood forests of the Monongahela National Forest. Also, Route 60 and Route 32 through Canaan Valley are both excellent choices, as well as many options in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Want to really take an east coast fall road trip? Head to New England where the rich colors of red, orange, and yellow make the landscape glow with color; the backdrop is breathtaking with even purple and green colors mixed in. Go through Wiscasset, Maine and little towns like Vergennes, Vermont, the state’s oldest city. While you’re out that way, New Hampshire is full of lakes and good shopping. Visit Squam Lake, where the 1981 film On Golden Pond was filmed. Massachusetts and Connecticut are both lands rich in history with many little nooks and crannies to explore. To do a thorough road trip, plan for a good 10-12 days. At that point, you may as well go all the way to Canada!

Get out and enjoy our beautiful world! It would do wonders for all of us to take a drive, a hike or a weekend trip, breathe the crisp, clean, fall air, and appreciate the splendor of the land we’ve been blessed with!

Alesia House is a local travel concierge who can plan and orchestrate all the details of your vacation. Her goal is to help clients have stress-free vacations that will create lasting memories. Contact or

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