Shenandoah National Park

It’s proximity (less than 75-miles from Washington DC) isn’t the only reason Shenandoah National Park is among the nation’s most accessible: it’s 105-mile Skyline Drive carves atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, boasting 75+ scenic overlooks on a 35 MPH road.

If you’re open to exploring, Shenandoah offers 500 miles of hiking trails, 100 of which are part of the Appalachian Trail. Nearly all of the park’s top trails (except Old Rag) can be easily accessed from Skyline Drive and strategically placed campgrounds, cabins, and entrances help make trip planning convenient.

In addition to spectacular vistas and numerous waterfalls, Shenandoah is known for its mesmerizing fall foliage which attracts “leaf peepers” each autumn.