Living in a city can be intimidating to those of us who enjoy an abundance of green space; however, there are many great day trips and hikes right outside of D.C. that are so accessible and can help you get back to nature.
One day or weekend trip that I recommend is going to visit Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It is roughly two hours away by car and is such a pleasant drive. My roommates, our two pups, and I visited this past weekend for a fall getaway. We stayed in a quaint Airbnb farm house in Madison, Virginia, where we were surrounded by open fields and cows. We got up around 6 a.m. and drove roughly an hour from Madison to the Shenandoah Skyline Drive entrance and witnessed the most beautiful sunrise.
There are many hiking options, with varying elevation levels and distances. We chose an intermediate one called Mary’s Rock Hike, which was an easy four-mile, mainly uphill trip that gave us incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can see that even my pup, Noka, enjoyed the views!
This weekend of actually seeing the stars and the changing colors of the trees around you was the perfect amount of time to recuperate, but by the end of the weekend, I was missing the D.C. hustle and my favorite coffee shop! D.C. truly has the best of both worlds.