That’s because nearly half of Americans do not use all of their vacation days. The latest study done by Project Time Off found that 658 million vacation days were wasted by Americans in 2015. 658 Million. That’s a lot of time off, folks. As you plan out your precious time off this year, here are 3 ways you can make the most of your 2017 vacation time. 1.Take some time off during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. Celebrate spring by touring the best gardens and historic homes Virginia has to offer. From April 22-29, estates across the state will open their gates for visitors to explore. 2. Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer. There are some amazing hiking trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline drive, like Crabtree Falls and Jones Run Falls. The best time to see these beautiful landscapes is during the work week, when they’re not overrun with college kids and tour groups. Add the Sip and Spa package to your stay, and you can wind down from your hike with an in-room couples massage and glass of wine. Ah, talk about connecting to nature. 3. Come down for the fall foliage and stay a while. The Shenandoah Valley is famous for the bright vistas and overlooks during autumn for good reason. It is beautiful here in October and November, so it’s no wonder we book up quickly during these months. Make the most of this busy season by booking early and coming during on weekdays. Don’t miss the Fall Foliage Festival while you’re in Waynesboro, either. Hundreds of booths line the downtown area during this annual arts and crafts showcase; this year on October 14 & 15.