Though known for its stunning spring display of cherry blossoms, in the autumn Washington, DC transforms as hues of gold, copper and crimson sweep the US capital. The art of ‘leaf-peeping’ – an informal term for travelling to view and photograph autumnal foliage – is alive and well in Washington, DC.
Between the colourful canvas of leaves and refreshing weather, autumn in DC is the ideal backdrop for a picture-perfect holiday. Explore five iconic locations for an unforgettable autumn getaway.
Whether it’s a wide shot from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial or a shot of the Reflecting Pool with floating, fallen leaves, the city’s monuments and memorials offer a stunning white backdrop for foliage.
US National Arboretum
Tucked away in Northeast DC, the National Arboretum is an oasis in the city year-round. In autumn, the stark contrast of the sandstone Corinthian Columns (that once supported the US Capitol portico) and the vibrant leaves on surrounding trees, make autumn one of the most beautiful times to visit the living tree and plant museum.
Rock Creek Park
Founded in 1890 by Congress as a recreational space for the nation’s capital, Rock Creek Park is 1,800 acres of lush nature in Northwest DC, offering a haven for people and wildlife. With hardwood trees that shade the park’s many paths and trails, there’s bound to be red, orange and yellow foliage wherever visitors go.
Georgetown’s cobblestone streets and canal views make the perfect backdrop for leaf-peeping. The charming townhouses on the waterfront give the impression of small-town America in the heart of its capital.
U.S Capitol and Capitol Hill
One of the most recognisable buildings in the world, the U.S Capitol Building may be at its best come autumn. With tree-lined streets lining Capitol Hill – one of DC’s most iconic neighbourhoods – the area boasts 19th century townhouses that play perfectly against the changing landscape.