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Move Over New England – Fall Foliage Blazes in Virginia Beach

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Located in Southeastern Virginia, Virginia Beach is an ideal autumn destination with a temperate coastal climate (think low 70s) that extends the dazzling fall foliage season further into the year, and makes outdoors exploration a delight. Read on for some of the best ways to see + experience Virginia Beach during the ‘extended summer’ season:

Cruising into Fall + an Angler’s Delight

No trip to Virginia Beach would be complete without time on the water. From surfing to kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the destination’s ocean, inlets and bays. Fall is also one of the best times for fishing – as the water cools, fishing heats up and Virginia Beach holds an enviable position, sitting at the mouth of the Chesapeake, the country’s largest and most important inshore fishery. With countless of fish migrating in and out of the bay, some say that fish enjoy vacationing in Virginia Beach just as much as people do. A number of charter boat companies, like First Landing Charters and Mary P. Charters, are available for fishing excursions to reel in seasonal varieties including red drum, flounder, blue fish, tautog and sea bass. In addition to the fish, crabs and oysters are bountiful in the months of October. A true local delicacy, local Lynnhaven oysters are in their peak size and briny flavor in the fall months.

Hike A Leaf-Peeper’s Paradise

For a seaside resort town, there are a surprising amount of hiking opportunities in Virginia Beach. The destination is full of parks and trails, ideal to trek through while taking in the changing leaves:

Lake Lawson is a vibrant kaleidoscope of fall foliage’s rich color spectrum, with an abundance of trees surrounding two lakes. The natural area also features several overlook platforms, from where you can spot largemouth bass, white catfish and bluegills swimming.

For a hike closer to the sea, False Cape State Park, is an oceanside preserve with 15 miles of trails at the edge of the Virginia-North Carolina border. Home to Walsh Woods, a community of shipwrecked castaways in the 17th century, hikers can view remnants from the settlement like a church steeple and cemetery. Inaccessible to cars, False Cape State Park offers a serene, safe option for taking in the fall colors.

Virginia Beach is for Cyclists + History Buffs

With more 200 miles of trails, a perfect way to spend a fall day in Virginia Beach – while catching the changing leaves – is from a bike seat. Rent a bike and take a self-guided Bike, Brew and History Trail tour, which traverses 30 miles of terrain in three hours and includes a salt marshland preserve and coastal dunes. Along this way, riders can re-imagine the dawn of American history at First Landing State Park, where the first English settlers made landfall in North America in 1607. This trail also includes a substantial portion on Virginia Beach’s iconic boardwalk. Feeling the refreshing fall sea breeze riding down the boardwalk is an experience only heightened by the abundant outdoor dining options and local breweries along the three-mile stretch. For those looking to have a shorter, more personalized bike ride through Virginia Beach, the above linked maps will offer countless exploration opportunities. Happy cycling!

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