As fall is in full swing, and the leaves change what better time of year to take a scenic drive around town and take in all that the DC Maryland, and Virginia have to offer in the sense of scenic views. DC, Maryland and Virginia are popular destinations for scenic drives and weekend getaways, during the fall season. If you don’t have plans this weekend, consider taking a drive to one of these five scenic destinations that offer a peaceful retreat from the city.
Skyline Drive – This VA roadway is the main hub of the Shenandoah National Park. Here you can see herds of deer come out to graze along the roads and in the meadows nearby. If you’re lucky you might also catch a glimpse of the eastern black bear along with a variety of birds. If you stay in town overnight, make sure you stay somewhere you can see the sunrise the view is breathtaking.
Blue Ridge Parkway – Many a visitor has made the trek down this long Parkway to view its natural splendor and breathtaking views. With hiking trails, restaurants, live historical demonstrations, stores and more to visit along the way you will quickly learn why this scenic view so popular.
George Washington Memorial Parkway – If you happen to hop onto the GW Parkway, as it is commonly known, when it’s not rush hour you will be in for a gorgeous drive along the Potomac River that takes you through Washington, DC to Mount Vernon. In addition, the views of Washington’s monuments are supreme.
The Appalachian Trail: Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway – This Byway is a national scenic byway in Maryland that boasts some of the best hiking trails across the nation to include the greatest of them all, the Appalachian Trail. Running along the Potomac River through fourteen states on both the Virginia and Pennsylvania border this trail is 38 miles of the most impressive terrain. Countless wild plants and animals run rampant through the trail many of which are rare, threatened or endangered but one thing is certain, you will be rewarded with the beautiful landscape views.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge – The bay bridge connects Maryland to Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area. It is approximately 23 miles long and is known as the East-Coasts longest standing Ocean Highway as it is the only link between the Eastern Shore and South Hampton Roads. Along the drive, there are several campgrounds and various destinations to in close Kiptopeke Park, the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge, the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Aquarium and Maritime Science Center.
Images: Maps of The World, Road To the Appalachian Trail,Federal Highway Administration