25. Front Royal, VA
Why go: East Coast hikers should head to Shenandoah River State Park for an out-of-the-box leaf-peeping experience. Atop Cullers Overlook, you can see the colors of fall covering Massanutten Mountain extending for miles to George Washington National Forest, with the Shenandoah River running through it all.
Where to stay: Built in 1910, the colonial Woodward House on Manor Grade has been operating as a hotel since the 1930s. There are impressive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the three bedrooms, six suites, and two cottages. Enjoy complimentary cocktails or beer on tap in the Inn’s pub.
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