FALL in love with Virginia all over again as the leaves begin to change beginning in October.
From the mountains to the sea, the entire state becomes a feast for the eyes beginning with western Virginia's famous mountain region with tours along "America's favorite drive", the Blue Ridge Parkway in Shenandoah National Park. (Remember that, especially in Virginia, "it's elevation, not location" in the early part of the season. The higher you go the more breathtaking the vista.)
By mid-October, central Virginia begins taking on the rich reds, vivid oranges, and bright yellows of fall in places like Richmond, where always-scenic Rte. 5 awaits lined with historic plantations and warm fall color. Finally, by late October, the season is in full swing with colors to match in Virginia Beach and along the eastern coast (just in time for Halloween!) continuing on into early November.
In fall, Virginia is for...leaf peepers. Have fun!
Virginia Fall Foliage - Get official reports from the Virginia Department of Forestry with helpful maps showing peak foliage times, recommended driving tours, and related resources.
Virginia's Appalachian Trail - More from the official tourism site with a guide to scenic wonders found on the 500-mile plus stretch of roads & highways, winding its way through mountains, forests and spectacular overlooks.
Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Find directions, maps and tips for scenic drives for best fall foliage viewing, with information on related hiking and biking trails, and contact phone number for updates during peak season.
Virginia Byways - Browse pictures, overview & directions for cruising Blueridge, Colonial and George Washington Memorial Parkways, Skyline Drive, Highlands Scenic Byway
Through Autumn - Interesting read from the University of Virginia on what causes leaf change color, including a map of typical dates of peak fall foliage by region.