Summer is coming to an end and fall is literally just around the corner. Virginia is already starting to see signs of autumn’s arrival with leaves starting to fall off trees and cooler temperatures lurking. In the next few weeks those gorgeous maroons, oranges, and yellows will be popping up all over the state. Some areas of Virginia get to see the change before Richmond and we flock to those spots for an early peak at the fall splendor.
So, if you’re craving some autumn views and just have to see the brilliant colors before they arrive in Central VA, here are some of the most picturesque destinations to enjoy the beauty of fall as soon as possible.
Blue Ridge Parkway– Did you know that the Blue Ridge Parkway is said to be one of America’s favorite scenic roads? If you’ve been there, I’m sure you believe it. This stretch of road gives you gorgeous scenic overlooks and great hiking spots to fully immerse yourself in the scenery. You’ll also find some quaint towns on the drive that will take you back in time and make you feel right at home.
Crabtree Falls– It’s the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and one of Virginia’s most beautiful places. Another fantastic spot for hiking, there are several trails that take you to see the falls’ five major cascades. Imagine the colors you get up there!
Skyline Drive – Skyline Drive travels across 105 miles in Shenendoah National Park and treats its visitors to mindblowing vistas from 75 overlooks along the way. If you’re looking for more than just a drive, there are also hiking trails and guided horseback rides to immerse you in the splendor of the season. You will also find charming historic towns, great restaurants, and plenty of attractions to make the most of your trip.
The Homestead– If you’re looking for a place to relax and be surrounded by the fall scenery for a few days our recommendation is The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. This resort is a truly amazing destination and has so much to offer its visitors.
Not only is the drive to the resort visually spectacular, but the views when you get there are even more stunning. Sit out on the front porch in a rocking chair and enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh made donut from their cafe for breakfast and have lunch on the deck of The Jefferson restaurant (the Deviled Eggs and Shrimp BLT are scrumptious) while basking in the fall hues. It’s a slice of Virginia heaven. The staff, services, and overall feel of the historic hotel are really something special.
Of course, Virginia is jam packed with many other destinations perfect to visit this time of year like wineries with breathtaking views, historic landmarks, and you can never go wrong with heading to Virginia Tech or UVA for a football game or two this time of year. Whichever direction you choose to roam, you really can’t go wrong. Checkout virginia.org for more information and ideas on places to visit.