Virginia cities and towns show off when falls color shows up. Seasonal flavors grace restaurant menus while festivals held in and around downtown areas celebrate all there is to love about autumn. We've put together a list of the top towns and destinations for experiencing an unforgettable fall in Virginia. Use this guide to get your fill of autumn-inspired foods, drinks, and acticities.


Photo Credit: Eric Kelley

The Charlottesville area is the home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers, Monticello, Ash-Lawn Highland, a plethora of wineries, and a growing craft beer scene. Close to the southern entrance of Shenandoah National Park in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers extraordinary leaf peeping opportunities around every corner.

Eat: Citizen Burger Bar | The Whiskey Jar | Ace Biscuit & Barbecue| Bizou| Public Fish & Oyster | C & O | The Local

Stay: Boar's Head | Quirk Hotel Charlottesville | Graduate Charlottesville | The Draftsman

Play:  Monticello Wine Trail | Saunders-Monticello Trail | Monticello Country Ballooning | Carter Mountain Orchard



Photo Credit: Carey Harveycutter

Salem and Roanoke are beautiful gems that teeter-totter between the southern Shenandoah Valley and the northern Blue Ridge Highlands. Tucked between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Allegheny Mountains, Roanoke offers plenty of outdoor recreation and amazing views. With over 400 miles of mountain biking trails in and around Roanoke, you'll find new trails to conquer every time you visit.

Eat: Local Roots (Roanoke) | The River and Rail (Roanoke)

Stay: King George Inn B&B (Roanoke) | Hotel Roanoke

Play: Virginia's Blue Ridge Cheers Trail| Dixie Caverns (Salem) | Roanoke Valley Greenways



Blacksburg is home to the Virginia Tech Hokies and it's a sweet little mountain town (one of the best, according to Blue Ridge Country) tucked into Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands. The town is part of the New River Valley and has a myriad of outdoor recreation experiences, from cycling and hiking to rock climbing and paddle boarding on the New River.

Eat: The Cellar Restaurant  |  Cabo Fish Taco  |  The Blacksburg  Tavern

Stay: The Inn at Virginia Tech Skelton Center  |  Main Street Inn  |  Clay Corner Inn

Play: Huckleberry Trail  |  The Lyric  |  Brush Mountain Wilderness  | Beliveau Estate Winery



South Boston boasts beautiful views and outdoor recreation with three rivers: the Dan, the Staunton and the Banister, collectively, Southern Virginia Wild Blueway. Paddle along foliage-lined shores, of which 80 miles of the 100+ are designated Virginia Scenic River.

Eat: Southern Plenty Cafe  |  Molasses Grill

Stay: Charles Bass House  |  Oak Grove Plantation B&B  |  Berry Hill Resort

Play: The Prizery  |   Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens  |  Shangrila Horseback Riding



Williamsburg and Yorktown are two points of the Historic Triangle. The third is Jamestown. In 1607, Jamestown was the site of the first English-speaking settlement. Williamsburg was the first Virginia capital, and Yorktown is where America claimed Revolutionary War victory.

Eat: Yorktown Pub | Two Drummers Smokehouse | Le Yaca| Blue Talon Bistro| Fat Canary

Stay:  York River Inn B&B | The Williamsburg Lodge | Kingsmill Resort

Play - Colonial Parkway | Colonial Williamsburg | Golf at Kingsmill Resort | Busch Gardens Williamsburg


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Newport News is minutes from America's historic beginnings. Get to know this gem bounded by the James River and Hampton Roads harbor. called Newport News one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live," so for sure it's also a great place to visit.

Eat: Al Fresco Ristorante  |  Fin | Schlesinger's Steaks

Stay: Marriott at City Center  |  Hilton Garden Inn

Play: Huntington Park  |  The Mariners' Museum & Park  |  Endview Plantation Virginia Living Museum 



Culpeper is a beautiful destination at the crossroads of Routes 15, 29 and 522. Visit for yourself to see why Virginia Living magazine called Culpeper "One of Virginia's Friendliest Towns." In the fall, Graves Mountain Lodge (located outside of Culpeper) hosts their annual Harvest Apple Festival, a can't-miss event for those that truly love everything autumn.

Eat: Flavor on Main  | Grass Rootes | It's About Thyme

Stay: Thyme Inn  |  Suites at 249 |  Waldon Hall

Play: Old House Vineyards  |  Stillhouse Distillery at Belmont Farm  |  


Photo Credit: Brad Deel, @brad.deel

Norton is another great destination for outdoor recreation. Just climb to to the top of Flag Rock for a 1,000' view down into the city! The vantage point is absolutely perfect for foliage photography, as panoramic views allow you to take in both Virginia and Kentucky mountain scenery.

Eat: Snack Shack  |  Fishtales Family Restaurant   |  The Wood Booger Grill Sugar Hill Cidery 

Stay: Days Inn

Play: Sugar Maple Bicycle Trail  |  Powell Valley Overlook  | High Knob Recreation Area and Lookout Tower


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Wachapreague is right around the mid-way point of Virginia's Eastern Shore, on the Atlantic Ocean side, but protected by barrier islands. The pace of life is slow and the wildlife is majestic. Fall is a migratory season and the birds love the Shore as a stopover point.

Eat: Wachapreague Island House Restaurant

Stay: Teasers Fisherman's Lodge  |  Wachapreague Inn

Play: Foxy Lady Charters | Daytrippers


Deltaville Tap & Raw Bar, Photo Credit: Latisha Boone

Middlesex County is a great place to enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay. Bring your appetite for seafood and beautiful water views when you venture this way.

Eat: Merroir  (Topping) |  The Table at Wilton (Deltaville) | Deltaville Tap & Raw Bar (Deltaville)

Stay: Ivy Cottage on the Piankatank River (Hartfield)  |  The Dockside Inn (Deltaville) | The Chesapeake Inn (Urbanna)

Play: Norton's Sailboat Charters  |  Piankatank River Golf Club  | Urbanna Oyster Festival in November


Photo Credit: Steven Morris

Coined DC's Wine Country, Loudoun County must have the greatest number of wineries of any Virginia county. At last count, there were more than 40!

Eat: Clyde's Willow Creek Farm (Broadlands) | Grandale Restaurant (Purcellville) | The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm (Lovettsville)

Stay: Goodstone Inn (Middleburg) | Lansdowne Resort (Leesburg) | Salamander Resort (Middleburg)

Play: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (Purcellville) | DC's Wine Country


Alexandria - Located on the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a stunning Virginia destination, especially in the fall. Take a walk through Old Town Alexandria, founded in 1749, and enjoy the preserved 18th and 19th century architecture of the residences, the picturesque cobblestone streets, and the boutique shops and restaurants that line the street. Follow King Street all the way to the waterfront and catch a glimpse of the nation's capital across the scenic river.

Giles CountyGiles is the home of Mountain Lake Lodge, the filming site of the beloved Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.  

Staunton - National Trust for Historic Preservation calls Staunton "One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the United States."  

Downtown Staunton in the Fall

Downtown Staunton, Photo Credit: Sam Dean, @sdeanphotos

FredericksburgStroll through history and great boutique shopping where George Washington's boyhood home is just a stone's throw across the river.  

Nelson County - From "The Walton's" and the Appalachian Trail to craft beer, wine, and orchards, Nelson County is a fun place for fall.

Richmond - In case you've missed what travel resource Frommer's has said about Richmond ... "While you weren't looking, Richmond got cool." Visit and see for yourself why it's a top destination for fall.

Photo Credit: Adam Lewis, @adamtlewis

Damascus - This outdoor paradise has one of America's rails-to-trails gems -- the Virginia Creeper Trail. Bring your bike or rent one for a leisurely ride through the foliage.

Front Royal - If you enjoy fall's beauty from the water, head to the Canoe Capital of Virginia and paddle the Shenandoah River.  

Dickenson County - Home to the "Grand Canyon of the South," the Russell Fork River, which divides Pine Mountain to create the largest canyon east of the Mississippi.

HA19031303V_051.JPGBreaks Interstate Park, Photo Credit: Cathy Anderson, @cathyandersonphoto

HarrisonburgVirginia's first Culinary District is found in downtown Harrisonburg. Discover something tasty while enjoying the colors of fall.  

Massanutten - Situated between the Alleghenies and Shenandoah National Park is Massanutten Mountain, home of Massanutten Resort.    

Danville - Danville is called the "Last Capital of the Confederacy" as Confederate President Jefferson Davis occupied a bedroom at Sutherlin Mansion for a week prior to Confederate surrender at Appomattox.  

Floyd - Home of the most photographed site on the Blue Ridge Parkway -- Mabry Mill.  

Mabry Mill, Photo Credit: Beverly Smith

Woodstock - Recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA, you can count on fall's colors to really shine in Woodstock.  

Virginia Beach - Virginia Beach has 38 miles of shoreline, 28 miles of public beaches, and three miles of one of America's best boardwalks, as proclaimed by Travel + LeisureNational GeographicBudget Travel, and others.    

Pleasure House Oysters, Chef's Table Tour

Pleasure House Oysters: Chef's Table Tour, Virginia Beach

Reedville - An historic 1860s fishing village, Reedville was actually the wealthiest town per capita in the U.S. into the early 1900s thanks to its commercial fishing industry.

Shenandoah National Park - Encompassing nearly 198,000 acres, SNP has four entrances into it via Skyline Drive. Pick one (or all!) of the 75 overlooks for a beautiful photo opp.  

Shenandoah Valley - "The Big Valley," "The Great Valley," "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy," ... the Shenandoah Valley has been known by many names. I just call it home.

Which part of Virginia is your favorite for fall weekends? Leave a comment and let your voice be heard!