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Where to Enjoy the Fall Foliage Around Washington DC

Fall is a beautiful time of year. As the seasons change, the leaves turn from green to brown and fall to the ground covering the earth in a crisp carpet of gold. Leaf-peepers go in search of where they can get the most out of the colors of autumn. In Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland, the beauty of the season usually peaks around mid to late October. Of course, the intensity of the colors depends on a number of factors, including rainfall, temperature and where you choose to go. Here are some suggestions for the most beautiful spots to see fall foliage around Washington DC.

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The C and O Canal National Historic Park

This park, starting in Washington DC, boasts a plethora of fantastic views, and a 13 mile stretch right across the Chesepeake and Ohio Canal, ending in Great Falls Park, Virginia. At this time of year, the wonderful autumn foliage seldom disappoints.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is the largest park in D.C. It boasts an enormous 30 miles of beautiful parkland, starting from Montgomery County, Maryland. This impressive park guarantees an abundance of autumn color, all season long.

Great Falls National Park

The Virginia Park is known for having the most impressive views in the whole region. The park is always full of spectacular colors, and situated amid an array of 50 foot cliffs overlooking the impressive Potomac River.

There are also a number of touring and sightseeing activities that visitors can choose to be part of while here.

Join one of the many Washington DC, Maryland foliage tours that take place along the Potomac and C and O canal, continuing right into West Virginia. In this way, you’ll be exposed to the most impressive viewing opportunities in the region.

You may also wish to use the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which is a large road going right along the side of the Potomac that runs through Virginia. Enjoy an amazing drive, filled with spectacular foliage, multicolored trees, and an unmatched scenic beauty. The road will take you right to the Potomac Overlook Regional Park.

An enjoyable and fun-filled experience can be found following a drive to Berkeley Springs State Park, where visitors can actually bathe in the fresh, mineral springs after a long day.

Anne Parris

Anne Parris is a managing partner Midlife Boulevard. Her personal blog, Not A Supermom, is your typical mommy blog that her kids say used to be funnier. Anne has a business degree and a dusty résumé from a top accounting firm and a Fortune 500 company, which she reminds herself of every time she is washing underpants. She lives with her family in Virginia and blogs mostly to support her coffee habit.

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