Best Fall Getaways in Northern Virginia
Each year, both locals and visitors alike are stunned as Fairfax County's green landscapes melt away into red, gold, and orange hues. Fall is the perfect time to take a getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. Brilliant fall foliage, cozy cabins, pumpkin patches, and spooky-season fanfare make for a perfect way to recharge. So pack your bags, set up your "out of office" email, and hit the road for the perfect autumnal adventure in Fairfax County.
Virginia is known for some breathtaking scenic splendor, and typically October is when the colors start to peak in full brilliance. Here are the best places where you can enjoy nature’s showcase on your leaf-peeping adventures! Of course, hiking through foliage is a reward in itself - but, if you're looking for a hike that really pays off, check out our parks and trails that just happen to be adjacent to some of the region’s best breweries and wineries.
Whether you're visiting with family or taking a romantic weekend away, bike rides are a perfect activity for getting fresh air and enjoying fall's splendor. For a leisurely journey, the paved W&OD Trail runs along the former roadbed of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad and is popular for bikers looking for a low-impact and tranquil ride. Pro Tip: Make it into a day by visiting the railroad's old caboose, nestled in the charming Town of Vienna. If you're looking for something to get your blood pumping, Fountainhead Regional Park's 15-mile trail has no shortage of thrilling challenges - with loops ranging from beginner to extreme. For a full rundown of Fairfax County biking trails, check out our guide here.
You know what they say: go big or gourd home! Fairfax County's pumpkin patches are an entire event - hayrides, fresh cider, fall markets, and photo opps await! Find out where to pluck the plumpest pumpkins in the patch in our guide.
Halloween 2022 is going to be epic! Head to the beloved Cox Farms to cruise through their self-driven hayride and market and then stay after dark to see what terror their Fields of Fear will bring. Or, make your way to the Workhouse Arts Center for a hauntingly good time during their Nightmare Harvest, where you'll find yourself making your way through the campus with spooky twists and turns. Even take on the role of your favorite Halloween character as you march in the most famous Halloween Parade in the DC area through the streets of Vienna. For more spooky season activities, check out our dedicated Halloween page for the latest event announcements.
Cabin and Camping Getaways
The camping experience is an age-old outdoor getaway that connects to you to nature in an unforgettable way. From gazing at a sky full of bright stars to gathering around a fire for fresh and gooey smores, there's something about a forest escape that makes a vacation especially renewing. Here's where to go in Fairfax County for an unforgettable camping trip.
For a more traditional stay here in Northern Virginia, you can always stay in one of our hotels that are located all over Fairfax County. With over 100 choices, you can find the perfect stay no matter where you want to be.
While the weather might be getting a bit chilly during the fall, there are lots of heated restaurants to keep you toasty!
Looking for a winery to go to this fall? Sign up for the Fall Wine Festival while you’re in town
What is fall without pumpkin spice and everything nice? Visit some of the best coffee shops in Fairfax County for all your favorite fall drinks!