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There is something absolutely magical about fall in Washington, DC. As summer’s stifling heat gives way to chilled misty mornings and royal blue skies, and those waves of oranges, yellows and reds slowly appear, the incredible history that characterizes the capitol city seems to come alive. Set against a brilliant backdrop and accented by blankets of fallen leaves, every monument, memorial, and historic site conveys a solemn authority, echoing the whispers of its storied past.
Book a half or full day charter aboard the 68’ Firefly, or a multi-day excursion aboard our luxury 154’ motor yacht Usher, and immerse yourself in the rich history and magical colors that extend from the Potomac River to The Chesapeake Bay Below are some not-to-be missed stops in Washington, DC, while guided historical tours can also be arranged. Don’t forget your camera – this time of year is so enchanting there’s #nofilterneeded.
Piers and waterfront promenades highlighted by fall colors invite you to begin your fall yacht charter with a leisurely stroll in Washington, DC’s newest waterfront destination, the DC Wharf. This mile-long stretch has surged to life with bustling restaurants, shops, residences, hotels and businesses. Here you’ll meet your Fleet Miami charter yacht and sip a mimosa – or a pumpkin spice latte – on the aft deck as you begin your fall foliage charter.
During the month of October, history comes to life along the Wharf with the arrival of the Draken Harald Hårfagre, the world’s largest operational Viking ship. Tours, lectures, and documentary screenings at the Draken Village will be available during the 10-day celebration.
One of the nation’s most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and immersive programs honoring George Washington’s life and legacy. All types of VIP tours can be arranged including a private evening candlelight tour of the mansion with staff dressed in 18th century costumes.
Take a horse-drawn wagon ride or stroll around the estate's 500 acres and three gardens, visiting the workshops, the kitchen, the carriage house, the greenhouse and the slave quarters. Continue down the hill toward the boat landing to visit the tomb of George and Martha Washington and lay a wreath on George’s tomb. Celebrate the Fall Harvest at the Pioneer Farm site: a 4-acre hands-on exhibit with a reconstruction of George Washington's 16-sided treading barn as its centerpiece.
Built to defend the river approach to Washington, DC, Fort Washington has stood as silent sentry for over 200 years. As technologies advanced so did Fort Washington, from the brick and stone of the 19th century to the concrete and steel of the 20th century. Fort Washington is one of the few remaining Seacoast Forts in its original designs. The expansive Fort Washington Park offers hiking/bicycle paths along the river and is a picturesque spot to enjoy a picnic amidst the fall colors. A VIP tour can be arranged.
Old Town Alexandria
One stop that mustn’t be missed during your fall yacht charter is Old Town Alexandria. Situated across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, this quaint, historic town is more vibrant than ever during the city’s most colorful season and offers over 60 festivals and events along its lively waterfront area.
Alexandria’s art galleries showcase local talent as well as treasures from international artisans. Arrive by water to the city's visual arts hub, along the artistic King Street and at the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former munitions factory transformed into an artistic powerhouse with three floors of artist studios and galleries.
As you visit the colonial houses, public parks, churches, museums, unique shops, and fashionable new restaurants during your time in Alexandria, take in the beauty of the over 100 champion or notable trees that can be found here, many of which are the largest in the region.
A mini-city called National Harbor has risen over the last decade on a long-empty site. The village of shops, hotels, restaurants and public art encompasses the area between the river and the East Coast artery of Interstate 95. National Harbor is home to more than 150 diverse shops and boutiques and over 30 dining locations. Highlighted by the Capital Wheel, a 180’ Ferris wheel overlooking the water, National Harbor provides a fun vantage point from which to glimpse the blank of bold fall colors.RETURN TO ALL ARTICLES