Great Falls National Park in Virginia has beauty, history, and enough boulders to please a mountain goat. It’s also one of the settings in my second contemporary romance novel and I’ve had a lot of fun incorporating the Falls into the story.
Let’s start with the great falls themselves. There are two major lookouts to view the natural wonder and the view is impressive. Nothing says romance like a waterfall.
Great Falls National Park is a bit like an outdoor United Nations. People of every nationality gather to hike, climb, picnic, and explore. My hero, Javier, is the descendant of Guatemalan refugees.
One of the coolest things about the park is that you can climb up, down, and around the huge boulders that flank the Potomac River. My heroine, Hillary, likes to explore off the main trails.
There’s so much history at the falls: floods, drownings, a booming canal town, and even an amusement park. The writer part of me goes crazy with the possible plot lines that history presents.
I usually visit the park with my four children, so romance is not my focus, but it’s been a lot of fun revisiting the park as I write and seeing it through the eyes of a young couple figuring out who and what in life will be their priority.