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Known for its military history, monuments, and proximity to Washington, D.C., Arlington may not be top of mind when it comes to fall foliage. However, if you take some time this season to explore some of Arlington's quieter outdoor spaces, you may just find some spectacular scenery that almost makes you forget you're right next door to the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital.
Each of Arlington's neighborhoods has its own unique energy, hangouts, and personality, warmly welcoming visitors to discover the special qualities and fall colors it has in store.
From gleaming skyscrapers overlooking Washington, D.C., in the Rosslyn neighborhood, to the home of Amazon’s HQ2 in the Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods, and to the incredible array of diverse international restaurants in the Columbia Pike neighborhood, there are hidden gems everywhere you turn.
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Explore the 70 acres of wooded trails of Potomac Overlook Regional Park, where you'll discover everything from organic gardens to an old Indian village site as you wander the trails down towards the Potomac. Amongst the brilliant fall colors of autumn, there are streams to cross, a nature center to visit, and it's not uncommon to come face to face with the deer that call the park home. Across town, the Long Branch Nature Center offers easy walking trails along the creek that are great places to enjoy the colors of the season.
To combine a bit of history with your fall colors, take a stroll or a bike ride over to the Theodore Roosevelt Island. This 91 acre wooded island sanctuary, containing a memorial plaza, is a wonderful tribute to our nation's 26th president, who was an avid outdoorsman and naturalist, and another amazing place to enjoy autumnal colors.
Arlington National Cemetery is also a stunning place to view the fall colors. Make sure to get out and walk around the beautiful grounds, which affords beautiful views of the fall colors juxtaposed with the D.C. skyline.
Author: Cara O'Donnell