Spring is here! Are you itching to get out of the house? We have you covered. Here are the best road trips in the Mid-Atlantic for the spring season.
Each spring season, the Washington D.C. National Mall blooms in cherry blossoms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival just started this week when the National Park Service announced the trees were in full bloom. Enjoy walking among the trees and enjoy the pink petals. There are tons of other related events to join or get better acquainted with the national monuments as you walk around.
Blue Ridge Parkway
You have probably heard of the Blue Ridge Parkway for great reason. It is a great choice year-round. Early spring may bring snowfall, and it gets its famous wildflowers later in the season. Take the Skyline Drive through Virginia and into North Carolina to see the full beauty this Shenandoah National Park offers.
Hershey, PA Dutch Country
Any history lovers looking for the perfect spring trip? This road trip offers unique American themes, including the quest for religious freedom by the Amish and Mennonite culture to the American dream of Gettysburg and Milton S. Hershey. There is a national monument to one of the most significant battles fought in the Civil War hidden in the quaint town.
Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway
This path goes through the Jefferson National Forest to reveal an outlook at Big Walker Mountain with a 360 view of the Appalachian Mountains. This stretch is the perfect choice for a cozy car ride. Enjoy scenes of farmland, mountain vistas, and tree-lined forests as you drive throughout the day.
Mountaineer Scenic Expressway
This road is home to one of West Virginia’s crown jewels, the New River Gorge Bridge. It is the perfect site for thrill-seekers with opportunities to break up the road trip with white water rafting and rock climbing adventures. If you prefer a drive, enjoy one of their scenic drives. The African American Heritage Auto Tour takes you through 17 sites to learn more about how African Americans changed history in those regions. The Fayette Station Road Tour winds down the bottom of the gorge and up the other side to showcase the role of coal in the area.
With plenty of places to explore, it’s easy to have fun within the Mid-Atlantic Region. Just remember that springtime comes with its own set of challenges. Check out these springtime hazards and how you can avoid them.