Great Falls, VA, USA

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Great Falls, VA, USA

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Swapping DC for small-town America in Great Falls

It may be just 15 miles from Washington DC, but Great Falls feels worlds away from the White House. The pint-sized town sits on the banks of the Potomac River and is all about slowing down the pace, connecting with nature, and getting a feel for just how enchanting life can be in small-town America. With grassy lawns, wraparound verandas, and swinging loveseats where you can watch the world go by, Great Falls vacation rentals elevate your local experience to the next level.

Chasing waterfalls in Great Falls

For the best views in town head to Great Falls Park, where you can watch the Potomac River tumble over a series of jagged rocks into the Mather Gorge. There are some fantastic family-friendly lookout points and picnic spots along the Potomac Heritage Trail, as well as plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, and birdwatch. Great Falls is just 15 miles from Washington DC, which means no visit is complete without a day in America's iconic capital. Of course, if you'd rather be close to the action you can always swap Great Falls vacation rentals for a polished condo or apartment in downtown DC.

A glimpse at colonial America in Great Falls

Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the Patowmack Canal runs through Great Falls Park and offers a glimpse at early America. Nearby Colvin Run'Mill'is another family-friendly highlight, with a massive working waterwheel and plenty of interactive exhibits. If you feel like rolling your windows down, historic'Georgetown Pike is one of Virginia's most scenic drives. It passes right through Great Falls and will take you past flower strewn fields, leafy maple groves, and grand country homes. Some are even up for rent, which means with Great Falls vacation rentals you can enjoy your very own slice of the Virginian countryside.

Springtime wildflowers and fiery fall displays

Summer brings high season in Great Falls, when both local travelers and DC day-trippers descend on the town. The days are long and temperatures can creep into the 90s which makes it a great time to explore Great Falls Park. Summer is lovely but it's not the only time to visit. In spring, Great Falls explodes with wildflowers, while fall sees its maple trees light up with reds, yellows, and golds. If you're day tripping to Washington DC spring and fall mean you'll beat the crowds at busy attractions like the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, National Museum of Natural History, and National Air and Space Museum.

Outdoor adventures in Great Falls Park

Covering an 800-acre footprint, Great Falls Park combines natural beauty with lashings of history. A stroll along the Potomac River is a great way to soak up the scene and spot local wildlife like whitetail deer, fox, box turtles, squirrels, coyotes, bats, and chipmunks. Kids will love the park's ranger guided walks, as well as the opportunity to horseback ride along forested trails.