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5 Totally Gorgeous Apple Orchards Within a 3-Hour Drive From DC

It's apple season, y'all.
It's the perfect time of year to load up the car and take a day trip to a nearby apple orchard. Photo via Instagram user @leekayphotos

This article is a part of our 2018 guide to great fall getaways, including where to head for colorful foliage, fun festivals, and other glories of autumn.

Don’t let lingering warm weather keep you from autumnal fun. We found beautiful shots proving apple picking is the best fall activity—and these are some local orchards where you can explore.

1. Larriland Farm Woodbine, MD

Find a friend to cart you around.


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Baby’s first time.

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Snap a good shoefie.

2. Carter Mountain Orchard Charlottesville, VA


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And don’t forget the nature pics.

Indulge in a sugary treat…

3. Stribling Orchard Markham, VA

lawd geezus

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… or two. We don’t judge.

Bust out your best plaid shirt.

The apple of my eye. #applepicking #october #virginiaisforlovers

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Everyone needs a good #harvest shot.

4. Great Country Farms Bluemont, VA

Apple picking ??

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Fake-juggle for the ‘gram.

5. Marker-Miller Orchards Winchester, VA

Just try not to eat everything you pick right away.

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Abbey joined Washingtonian in September 2017. A Miami University (Ohio, not Florida) alum, she called the Midwest home before moving to Vermont to report for the Burlington Free Press and to be closer to her one true love: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Her work has also appeared in Cincinnati Magazine and USA Today. Abbey lives in Falls Church.