LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Enjoy the changing leaves? Up for a drive?
Travel+Leisure Magazine has listed nearby Maryland and Virginia areas as some of the best in the country for enjoying fall foliage.
Oakland, Maryland, home to Deep Creek Lake, is number one on the magazine’s 2014 list of best towns for leaf-peeping.
“As the Youghiogheny River flows through rock gorges, the oldest stands of eastern hemlock and white pine — more than 360 years old — blanket the area in gold, orange, and red,” the magazine says.
If you like parades as much as you like nature’s autumn display, the town’s 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival will be held Oct. 8 through 12 this year.
On a separate list of the country’s “Best Fall Color Drives” is Skyline Drive in northern Virginia.
“Cruise along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Front Royal, Virginia, to the Waynesboro-Charlottesville area, and ogle at the bright red Virginia creeper vines, yellow and orange hickories, and deep purple dogwoods.”
Southern Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway also made the list of best fall drives.
Looking to see some leaves a little closer to home?
According to Marek Rzonca of The Foliage Network, Gunpowder Falls State Park in Kingsville, Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City and Oregon Ridge Park just north of Baltimore offer great views.
Baltimore and D.C. area foliage is generally most vibrant in late October and early November, she says.