GM is heading up to the Berkshires this weekend to visit family. He expects to get in some serious leaf peeping. But if you’re stuck here you can still enjoy some great foliage without even leaving the neighborhood.
Casey Trees has pulled together a fantastic little tool, it’s a map of downtown DC with several different trails laid out that you can take and admire quality street tree foliage. In Georgetown it recommends a meandering trail through the heart of the village to enjoy its sugar maples:
Sugar maples are definitely the kings of New England foliage, but around here they can be hit or miss. What species that does knock it out of the park around here are ginkgoes. GM is not generally a fan of ginkgoes-their fruit smells awful and the don’t really create much in the way of shade-but he admits their bright yellow fall foliage is pretty spectacular.
You could do a nice ginkgo tour through Georgetown. You would start at the south end of Rose Park and walk up 27th st. Then jog over to Cambridge Pl. and walk up Avon to R St. Then make your way down to Potomac St. for the grand finale.
It will be beautiful, although your shoes will smell like dog sh%^t.