Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is a can’t-miss destination for those looking to admire fall's tapestry of colors. Fall in the Blue Ridge turns the usually blue mountains orange, completely changing the horizon of central Virginia in mid-to-late-October. At sunset, the mountains appear purple against the backdrop of the fiery orange sky.
Only 20 of the park's 500 hiking trails are closed to dogs. If you and your pup are looking for a quick, easy hike, the Fort Windham Rocks Trail covers 1 mile of the Appalachian Trail and is known for its unique rock formations. For a longer, more moderate trek, try the Snead Farm Loop, a 3-mile circuit up to a barn and lookout point. Experienced two- and four-legged hikers can tackle Mary’s Rock from Meadow Spring, a 2.8-mile trail leading up to the summit and a beautiful view of Virginia’s section of Appalachia.
If Fido isn’t keen on hiking, take a ride down Skyline Drive, a popular stretch of highway with unparalleled views of the Blue Ridge. After a drive or hike, spend a few nights in The Copper Cottage in Waynesboro. This adorable home has a fully fenced backyard where Fido can play off-leash.