How to Have the Ultimate Fall Getaway From D.C.

Mild temperatures, remarkable fall foliage, and seasonal events are just a few reasons why you should embark on a fall getaway from D.C. Escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and head to Staunton, VA, for pure relaxation and bliss. During your journey, stunning views of the cascading Potomac River and towering Blue Ridge Mountains will surround you. When you arrive in Staunton, you’ll be in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. 

Our historic hotel, the Blackburn Inn, sits in a prime location that provides you with opportunities for local excitement, as well as convenient day trips to nearby cities. Before your trip, take a look at our Shenandoah Valley Itinerary. It’s free to use and provides you with information on the best places to eat, as well as the best things to see and do.

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Your Route for Your Fall Getaway From D.C.

Skyline Drive to Staunton

mountains in the shenandoah valley national park

A 4-hour drive to the Blackburn Inn.

If you’re taking a road trip from Washington, D.C. to Staunton this autumn, you’ll fall in love with the scenic route along Skyline Drive. It runs through the breathtaking Shenandoah National Park. A $20 fee will gain you access to the park, which is a small price to pay to experience the magic of fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley. You can access the bucket list-worthy Skyline Drive from Front Royal, Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap, and Rockfish Gap. You’ll exit Skyline Drive from Rockfish Gap to descend towards Staunton. Then, pick up Route 250 and wind your way through Waynesboro and Fishersville before reaching the one and only Staunton. 

I-81 South to Staunton

A 3-hour drive to the Blackburn Inn. 

The most efficient way to drive from Washington, D.C. to Staunton would be via Interstate 81 South. First, you’ll follow I-66 W to US-15 S in Leesburg. Then, take exit 1A to get onto I-81 in Stonewall. You’ll follow this route until you reach US-250 W which you’ll follow until you arrive at your anxiously awaited destination—Staunton, VA. 

What to Do During Your Fall Getaway From D.C.

You did it! You reached your destination for your fall getaway in Virginia. When you stay in Staunton, you’ll be in the heart of everything that Shenandoah Valley has to offer. 

Go Back in Time at History and Art Museums

Explore Outdoor Activities 

Back view of man watching sunset from rocky summit of Stony Man on Skyline Drive in Virginia

Attend Festive Events 

Reside at the Blackburn Inn

As you plan your fall getaway from D.C., you’ll need somewhere serene and accommodating to rest your head. Deluxe Queen

Stay at our beautiful, boutique hotel, the Blackburn Inn. Each of our pristine guest rooms features rainfall showers, plush beds and linens, and thoughtfully-designed interiors. From our scenic grounds to our on-site dining to our dedicated concierge services, we have everything you need to feel the lap of luxury. 

An abundance of things to do surrounds the Blackburn Inn. Just a 5-minute walk away, downtown Staunton will sweep you off your feet with its eclectic and historic architecture. Explore unique stores, farm-to-table dining, esteemed art galleries, and local wineries. Don’t wait any longer, check our availability and make your dream getaway a reality. 

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