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Looking for the best Virginia fall attractions? This travel guide is covering 9 of the best things to do & places to see in Virginia.
Did you know? Virginia is located midway between New York and Florida and, hence, called the “Gateway to the South”.
One thing I love about Fall is how the scenery completely changes with beautiful colors. I suggest visiting Virginia starting mid-October for fall foliage.
Unfortunately, when I visited on the last week of September, the fall colors in Virginia hasn’t shown yet and the weather wasn’t cooperating, but you can imagine how beautiful it would be from the photos if it did!
There are a lot of things to do in Virginia be it historic sites, national parks, museums, caverns, wineries and more. Since the Travelling Foodie loves to take picturesque sights, here are some of the best Virginia attractions in fall.
Virginia Fall Attractions
Shenandoah National Park
Virginia is called the Mountain State for good reason. One of the best fall things to do in Virginia, the Shenandoah National Park is well known for its mountain ranges, which includes includes 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the central Appalachians.
Watch the YouTube video of the beautiful Shenandoah National Park here.
The 105-mile Skyline Drive itself already gives you such scenic drives. But that’s not all – there are 75 overlooks that offer picturesque views which is perfect for Fall!
The views show either the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east.
For foodies, visit, and/or dine, at Skyland’s Pollock Dining Room and get more views as this is at the highest elevation in the park.
Website / Address: 3655 US-211, Luray, Virginia 22835, United States
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Inherited from his father, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is at the center of a 5,000-acre plantation, making it a beautiful fall attraction in Virginia!
Watch the full YouTube video of the Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello tour here.
Considered one of the best things to do in Charlottesville, Monticello is considered Jefferson’s three-dimensional autobiography, and the only US Presidential and private home in the United States recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are so many things to see in Monticello including a 1000-foot-long garden terrace where Jefferson grew 330 vegetable varieties.
During Fall, they have calendar events for nature lovers like the Tufton Fern Walk, Montalto Hawk Watch, Falling Leaves and Winter Trees, and the Montalto Sunset Hike.
For Foodies, during Fall, Monticello has a variety of events pertaining to food like Fall Vegetable Planting, Annual Heritage Harvest Festival, Apple Tasting and more.
They also have a Garden Tasting Tour which features an in-depth exploration of Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary vegetable garden combined with a tasting of seasonal fruits and vegetables from the garden.
You check out Monticello’s Calendar of Events when making your visit here!
Website / Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
For history lovers, one of the best things to do in Virginia is to visit the Historic Jamestowne, home of America’s first English Settlement.
This was the original location of the 1607 James Fort and the later 17th century city of Jamestown. It’s a very nice and spacious park with archelogical digs and scenic spots along the James River.
Watch the full YouTube video on Historic Jamestowne here.
Travelling Foodie Tip: I highly recommend taking the Archeological Walking Tour to get a deeper understanding and appreciation on what it’s all about. The tour guides are archeologists who are so passionate about their findings of the settlement.
Website / Address: 1368 Colonial Pkwy, Jamestown, Virginia 23081
Jamestown Settlement lets you relive the experience of America’s first permanent English colony with re-creations of the ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan Indian village.
Watch the full YouTube video of the Jamestown Settlement here.
Website / Address: 2110 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, formerly named Yorktown Victory Center, depicts living history of America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood.
Watch the full YouTube video of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown here.
It has films and exhibits inside a museum building. But what’s great about this place is the the outdoor living history which re-creates Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, which will be a great place to visit during the Fall.
Website / Address: 200 Water St Route 1020, Yorktown, Virginia 23690
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Yorktown Battlefield Colonial National Historic Park
Yorktown Battlefield lets you see where American independence was won by driving along various sites: numerous fortifications and cannons; the Moore House, scene of surrender negotiations; and Surrender Field, and more.
Watch the YouTube video of Yorktown Battlefield here.
The driving tour is a great attraction during the Fall as you get to see the Battlefield in the beautiful Fall colors.
Website / Address: 1000 Colonial Pkwy, Yorktown, Virginia 23690
Virginia State Capitol
Located in Richmond, Virginia State Capitol is the second oldest working capitol in the USA. The Capitol Square is a great place for Fall photography as it’s nationally-recognized historic landscape is an essential element of the Capitol experience.
The State Capitol Tour is complimentary and runs every hour and lasts about 45 mins! Watch the YouTube video of the Virginia State Capitol here.
Travelling Foodie Tip: Highly recommend you take the tour as it also takes you to rooms that is inaccessible on a self-guided tour. A lot may not know but there is also a tour for the Executive Mansion.
Website / Address: 1000 Bank St, Richmond, Virginia 23218
One of the best Virginia fall attractions, Maymont is a 100-acre Victorian estate and public park.
It has everything that’s perfect for Fall: an arboretum, Japanese and Italian Gardens, a native wildlife exhibits and a nature center plus just a very spacious and green estate. Just imagine what the grounds turn into during Fall!
There is a tour for inside the Maymont Mansion itself ($5 suggested donation) in which you can get a glimpse of the wealthy lives of James and Sallie Dooley from 1893 through 1925.
Website / Address: 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220
Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
The Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville is considered one of the finest urban parks in the country.
A dynamic place where history is intertwined with a thriving city center, this vibrant historic district and pedestrian mall is along seven blocks of brick- and tree-lined streets once strolled by Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
It has over 120 shops and more then 30 restaurants which would be perfect to stroll around or sit in the patio during Fall.
Website / Address: E Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, United States
MAP: Fall Attractions in Virginia
Hope this Virginia travel guide helps give you an idea on the best attractions and things to do in Virginia during fall!
I’m hoping to come back since I didn’t get the chance to see the Virginia fall colors. I’m always looking for new places to visit so let me know what you find are the best fall activities and attractions in Virginia.