Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the DC Area

As the beautiful fall colors reach their peak, here are some of the best places to get breathtaking views of the changing leaves.

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Take a break from the museums and enjoy the beautiful trees that line one of D.C.'s most popular destinations.
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Located 75 miles outside Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park has views that will take your breath away. Take a hike to get a close look at the fall foliage or drive along Skyline Drive for an amazing view of the beautiful mountain range.
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With an elevation of more than 800 feet, Sugarloaf Mountain gives hikers an amazing view of the turning leaves.
The National Arboretum is filled with deciduous trees and colorful fall plants like witch-hazel and holly, which bloom late and burst with colorful berries and leaves.
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Located in both Maryland and Virginia, Great Falls offers sweeping views of the Potomac River and the surrounding forest.
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You can hike through the forest or along a river at Harpers Ferry National Park. The park has over 20 miles of hiking trails that are lined with beautiful trees.
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The Tidal Basin is know for its cherry blossoms, but its fall foliage is just as stunning.
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The Prince William County Forest Park spans 15,000 acres, making it the largest nature park in the National Park Service's Washington Capital Region. You can check out the colorful leaves as you walk along one of the park's 16 hiking trails.
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Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the Catoctin Mountains. Take in the beautiful scenery as you take on one of the park's many trails or picnic by the lake.
Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., has more than 32 miles of hiking trails and paths, including Rock Creek Ramble, a 3.1 hike through the forest.
The 23-acre lake is the focal point of Buddy Attick Lake Park in Greenbelt, Maryland, but the beautiful fall leaves that surround the water are striking. If you have a permit, you can take in the view from a canoe or kayak.
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The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests cover 1.66 million acres in Virginia. The northernmost part of the park is about 100 miles from Washington, D.C., but the views are well worth the journey.
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