The leaves are changing early this year because much of our area didn’t get the rain we needed. With the early cold it looks like there will be a small window of opportunity to take that scenic ride to check out this year’s Fall foliage. With gas prices, planning is key to making the most out of this popular Fall activity.
Why not plan a scenic drive that offers much more then colorful mountain views. I-68 to Historic Cumberland, Maryland not only has spectacular views of majestic mountains, it has awesome history in every direction. Take Rt 51 and experience a colorful country road full of unexpected locations that will thrill, excite and amaze.
The DC area is full of awesome places to take a scenic drive this time of year. But to get a real feel of Fall foliage one needs only to travel I-68 and see the beautiful rolling landscape that will make you speechless. The mountains this time of year is really breathtaking. See why the Cumberland area is a favorite tourist hot spot. Visit the Train Station, walk the C&O Canal and shop the little country stores. This laid-back country town offers more then pretty scenery everywhere.
Take Rt 51 just a few miles outside of Historic Cumberland and Fall really comes to life in all its glory. This twisting country road takes you through some of the best rural forest. The best place to see the trees changing. Follow this road and experience some real exciting hot spots like the Paw Paw Tunnel that absolutely shines during this time of year. http://www.fred.net/kathy/tunnel.html
The Paw Paw Tunnel on the C&O Canal is a historical landmark within yards of the Potomac River that borders the West Virginia state line. Considered to be one of the many wonders of our country. The Paw Paw Tunnel is visited by thousands who come here to hike, camp and picnic just for the amazing beauty of the mountain side. Walk the mile long tunnel and feel the eerie excitement you get with each step. If you’re lucky. Gasp at the beautiful waterfalls that greets all visitors who make it to the other side. This free adventure is a favorite among many who return during this time of year.
As you make your way on Rt 51 toward the tunnel you’ll come to numerous C&O Canal Docks and one of the nicest is in Old Town, Maryland. This is one of prettiest places to visit. While you’re there, you’ll want to cross the Old Town Low-Water Toll Bridge. There are only a few such bridges in our country. Crossing this low water bridge over the Potomac River is a thrill seeking adventure in its self. Welcome to Wild Wonderful West Virginia is the first thing you see. This is the little town of Green Springs, West Virginia. Home to the only haunted attraction of its kind in the local area.
It’s here in Green Springs between now and November 3 you’ll want to check out the ‘House of the Sitting Sun’ haunted attraction. This year’s theme: ‘The No Tell Hotel’. This place has been scaring hundreds of young and old thrill seekers for over a decade throughout the Halloween season from everywhere.
Sponsor by Community Involvement for Kids, this place will chill and excite you with amazing Halloween visual effects and clever tricks. See for yourself why this tourist attraction is so popular. Don’t miss out on the coffin ride for a scare of your life. This non profit organization supports the growth and development of under privilege youth in both Maryland and West Virginia.
The beauty the mountains are offering us is always breathtaking, but this year it will be short lived. Save gas and plan a scenic road trip that offers more then beautiful Fall scenery. I-68 toward Historic Cumberland and Rt 51, both have amazing Fall foliage and you can check out all the hot spots, too! Get more out of your scenic drive this Fall Season.