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Autumn in Northern Virginia is undoubtedly one of the area’s most idyllic times to visit. Temperatures are crisp and comfortable, and the fall foliage is vivid and gorgeous. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you bring your camera along as you explore some of Northern Virginia’s best spots for fall foliage.
Just outside Washington, D.C. is Fairfax County, one of Northern Virginia’s most historic and photogenic areas. To experience a myriad of picturesque fall colors, be sure to stop by George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, which also hosts a number of fall festivals for the whole family to enjoy.
Another Fairfax County gem for fall foliage is Great Falls National Park, located in nearby McLean, Virginia. Nestled along the banks of the Potomac River, the park is an amateur or professional photographer’s dream. Crashing waterfalls are set against a backdrop of mature trees with leaves of various hues. The area is such a serene escape that you’ll find it hard to believe you’re just 15 miles from the nation’s capital.