Summer may be over, but your vacations don’t have to be. There are countless destinations in and around Washington DC that are actually more enjoyable during the autumn months. Pick a weekend and pack your Louis Vuitton luggage for a great getaway.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is a mere 75 miles for our nation’s capital. Pitch a tent in the park or rent an RV to get the true outdoor experience, or retire to a luxury hotel that rivals your UDR apartment after spending the day exploring everything the park has to offer. Skyline Drive is a must during the autumn, as the 105-mile long road offers panoramic views of the vivid fall foliage and breathtaking landscape below. Develop your photography skills shooting everything from white-tailed deer to waterfalls, or take a hike on any of the 500-plus miles of trails.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
The six hour drive to OBX can take much longer than that during the peak summer months. That’s just one of the many reasons why fall is the best time to visit this beautiful beach town. Daytime temperatures still average in the low 80s during September, and October is still pleasant with temps in the 60s and 70s. The crowds are gone this time of year, allowing you to grab a table at your favorite restaurant without the wait, or take a secluded stroll along the beach. Whether you prefer to spend your time fishing, golfing or shopping, the rates are reasonable and the climate is more comfortable in the fall.
Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, look no further than Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Inn at Perry Cabin, located about 60 miles from Washington DC, serves up rest, relaxation and romance all in one. Take a sailing course with your sweetie or wander hand in hand through the picturesque gardens. History buffs will enjoy a quick trip to nearby Fort McHenry, while others will enjoy a leisurely bike ride around town. Don’t forget to book a spa treatment at the hotel’s on-site spa and feel all of your stress and tension melt away.