Top Ten Scenic Drives in the United States

East: New England Color and Culture: Vermont 100, Vermont

For unrivaled fall foliage and good old-fashioned Yankee flavor, nothing beats the Green Mountains of Vermont. Route 100 runs the state from tip to tail, winding along this northern extension of the Appalachian Mountain system. The road skirts the New England village of Weston; the entire town, which captures American life at the turn of the nineteenth century, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Further north, the drive passes by Gifford Woods Natural Area; spared the ruin of development, these seven acres combine the beauty of northern hardwoods bursting into autumn color and the rarity of old-growth trees. Between Stockbridge and Talcville, the road follows the western branch of the White River —a great place to fly fish for brook trout and rainbows. Route 100 continues to the Quebec border, but the mountain village of Stowe is a nice endpoint, even in the skiing off-season.

Just the Facts

Route: North from Wilmington to Stowe along the Green Mountains

Length: 138 miles (three and a half hours)

Season: June to mid-September

Features and activities: Fall foliage (mid-September in the north, early October in the south), fishing along the Black River (Echo Lake, Lake Rescue, and Amherst Lakes), ice cream at Ben and Jerry's factory, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail (junction near Gifford Woods).

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