The months of April and May are special because they create excitement with the warm spring weather. The change of weather motivates people to get out of their hibernating habits from winter, and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor places to go to if you’re looking to soak up the sunny warm weather and enjoy a day away from your desk.
James Madison University Quad: The soft grassy quad area is a great place to be if you want to hang out in a more social setting. Gather a few of your friends, pack a few of your favorite snacks and head over to enjoy the area. It’s a lovely place to go to if you want to catch up with friends and hang out. You can lay a blanket out and bring a speaker to play music while you do some work you need to get done. The best part of it is that it’s dog friendly! You might get a few glimpses of some cute pooches.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: If you’re looking to get active outside, this is the perfect place to go. Bring a friend or your dog and go for a beautiful scenic nature walk. Here you can take in the scenery from the pond that’s there, and different flowers and plants that are grown there. Another great aspect about the arboretum is that there are a lot of trees so you’ll be covered by shade the majority of the time that you're there. There are different trails that people can walk on that are easy to follow. If you need a little break during walk then you can sit at one of the benches that they have located around the arboretum. Here’s the address if you’re interested in checking it out: 780 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Shenandoah National Park: If you’re feeling more adventurous and want to get a change of scenery from campus, head over to Shenandoah National Park. This is an awesome place to make a full day out of hiking with a group of friends or to bring family that’s visiting for a weekend. I strongly suggest packing snacks and a picnic for you and your group to enjoy and make sure to stay hydrated while hiking. There are different trails that you can take depending on how much you want to hike. Just the drive there alone is full of breathtaking views as well especially if you take the route through skyline drive. Make sure to use the U.S. 33 entrance to get into the park. Side note: If you are a sucker for sunsets like I am, this is the place to watch it from.