Fighting Tysons Corner traffic can be brutal unless you head out during the weekend; however, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is less than 13 miles from the city, so it's not all that bad. And thanks to a trail that leads to another waterfall, you can kill two birds with one hike (or, like, a less violent metaphor for waterfall-gazing, but you get our drift). Take notice of the flora & fauna around this waterfall -- it's surrounded by some pretty rare plants, like ancient hemlock. Unfortunately, authorities are serious about no swimming, no wading, no bathing in the river, so we can't exactly recommend jumping in.
How to get there: If you haven’t traveled along the George Washington Parkway, this is the time. The road extends from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to 495, and a scenic view is absolutely guaranteed -- all within about a half-hour drive.