Colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and a bounty of agritourism attractions abound throughout the mid-Atlantic region, making this the single best time of year to pack up the car and head out on a road trip.
As peak leaf-peeping season kicks into gear, I’m sharing my favorite fall itineraries to help you plan your own adventures.
Enjoy the mid-Atlantic fall travel ideas below, and tell me where you end up on Facebook.
THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY | Virginia
The Blue Ridge Parkway is considered one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. and fall is prime time to go. Road-trippers will find an endless display of trees, with the most beautful array of harvest tones: persimmon, golden rod, cranberry, fiery yellow. Drive the 60-mile route from Roanoke to Meadows of Dan, stopping at historic Mabry Mill and admiring gorgeous mountain views along the way.
THE POTOMAC HIGHLANDS | West Virginia
The route through West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands showcases the best that the Mountain State has to offer, winding through national forests, over mountains, past waterfalls, by quaint towns and the area’s best attractions. And BONUS! The whole family will love a ride on the Cass Mountain Railroad as it chug-chug-chugs through the colorful forest.
ST. MICHAELS | Maryland
Fall in St. Michaels is something else! All along the historic streets, fall decor is in full swing with carved pumpkins, stacks of hay bundles and other Halloween-y decorations. Eat brick-oven pizza at Ava’s. Get hotel-envy at the Inn at Perry Cabin. Head out on the water on a historic Skipjack. And don’t miss the chance to take the ferry to Oxford… another nearby town with some British charm.
REHOBOTH | Delaware
You might be surprised to find Rehoboth on my fall travel list, but when beach season ends (and the crowd start to thin out) visitors get to experience a whole different side Southern Delaware. Rent bikes and ride the boardwalk. Go beer tasting at the Dog Fish Head brewery. And history buffs will love digging into the area’s robust history, from land pirates and shipwrecks to front-line WWII defense.
GETTYSBURG | Pennsylvania
Looking to get outside to enjoy the crisp fall weather? Then consider Gettysburg. Spend an afternoon biking the battlefield. Go apple-picking at family farms. Window-shop in the picture-perfect historic Lincoln Square. Pack a picnic and enjoy a wine or cider tasting with a view. With so much to do, you’ll love an autumn Gettysburg getaway!
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK | Virginia
I’m ending this guide with my absolute favorite mid-Atlantic fall destination… Shenandoah National Park. Truly, Shenandoah has something special to offer year-round (yes, even in the winter), but somehow nature found a way to improve upon perfection for this month-long spectacle that is the changing color of the leaves on Skyline Drive. Try to get a room at Skyland Resort, a scenic Shenandoah escape that’s in the heart of all the action. Don’t take my word for it, just go and see for yourself. You’ll be so glad you did.