Ahhhhhh, the great American road trip. It's a rite of passage for every family to pack the bags, get in the car, and go see that special something that you can't find at home. And autumn 2021 brings with it a new opportunity to get out and see something new.
 

Fall Foliage Viewing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grace is finding a waterfall when you were only looking for a stream.

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The autumn leaves are about to burst into full fall glory at some of the most beautiful locations around the county. It's the perfect way to get out and about, breathe in the fresh air, and let the amazing colors calm your soul.
 

The Fairfax County Locally Poured Field Guide

One of my favorite things to do when visiting somewhere is to check out the local breweries and wineries. I find this is a great way to experience an authentic local vibe, and also a way to get some legit good drink. There's nothing like coming back home and telling all your jealous friends about that "perfect" beer that they can't have unless they go and try it for themselves. And while the weather is turning cooler, the warmish days of fall make for a great atmosphere to cozy up with some beer and take in some fresh air. Our new Fairfax County Locally Poured Field Guide is the perfect way to explore all our wineries and breweries - and get good deals at the same time.
 

Historic Sites with Outdoor Spaces

If you're looking to take in some of Northern Virginia's rich history while being able to relax and keep socially distanced, we have some fantastic options for you. Our historic sites are well equipped with plenty of outdoor space for you to get out and explore. Our historic sites have increased their cleaning protocols for those who feel comfortable enough to venture inside their museums or for those who want to head indoors for a bit. And autumn is the perfect time to see the sites as the fall tones of the leaves make for majestic images and the perfect sweater weather makes it a breeze to spend the day walking the grounds without worrying about it being too hot.
 

Top 10 Fall Hiking Trails

Despite Fairfax County being so close to Washington, DC, we're proud of the fact that we have tens of thousands of acres of parkland to explore. And many of our parks offer up fantastic fall hiking opportunities, which is always a popular activity when seeking out perfect autumn leaf-peeping adventures. If you're looking for a brief excursion to say "hi" to Mother Nature, but still want all the amenities of an urban destination at your fingertips, Fairfax County is the place for you.
 

We hope to see you here this autumn, and if you find a special place that you think other travelers should know about, make sure to share it on your social media channels using the #FXVA hashtag and tag us in your post. We love to see people here having fun and we might even showcase your adventures on our own social media feeds.