Vermont Foliage

Vermont foliage is among the most spectacular autumn sights in the country, drawing many visitors at this time of year. To celebrate the beauty of the fall season that spreads over this region of America, festivals and tours offer insight of the surrounding nature and the local culture, and driving through the countryside among the gorgeous colors that tint the leaves is one of the most favored activities. For many, this is the most enchanting time to visit Vermont. 

Vermont Fall Foliage Drives

Vermont Fall Foliage Drives
Vermont Fall Foliage Drives

The best views of Vermont foliage can be found along two major routes, Route 100 and Interstate 91, two diverse stretches of roadway. Route 91 (a major highway) runs the full length of the state from Burlington to Derby and the Canadian border. A variety of little towns, villages, mills, and farms dot the view along this route, many of which are not to be missed for the unique experiences, tours, and gastronomic sampling. Biking, paddling, hiking, and camping, along with all other outdoor activities, are counted as preferred activities in the countryside of New England, when the breathtaking colorful foliage is in full view. Route 100 runs east to west in the south from Bennington to the New Hampshire border. Traffic on Route 100 is quite heavy during the peak of the fall folage season, with everyone eager to catch that special glimpse of the colorful scenery. Slip away on some side roads to avoid these bustling and often frustrating crowds and to experience a quiet moment or two with the beauteous surroundings of autumn foliage. Additionally, this particular route is ideal for enjoying cycling and staying in bed and breafast inns along the way. On either roadway, roll the windows down and enjoy the fresh smells of autumn leaves to complete the experience.

Best Vermont Foliage

Best Vermont Foliage
Best Vermont Foliage

Compared to the rest of the United States, Vermont is quite small, and the best Vermont foliage can be found just about everywhere in the state. Many take tours at the beginning of the season, staring in the north and moving south at the same rate as the leaves change. Others head to the state's ski resorts, which are open in the summer and autumn to accommodate hikers and those looking for wonderful views from the tops of Vermont mountains like Killington, Okemo Mountain, and Mount Mansfield. Many will argue that the best Vermont foliage is found in small villages, with white church steeples contrasting with the bright colors, and along the rivers that are often crossed by historic covered bridges. 

Autumn in Vermont

Autumn in Vermont
Autumn in Vermont

In Vermont, autumn is a time for celebration; harvest festivals abound throughout the state from mid-September through to the end of October. Some of the most notable fall festivals include the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, which takes place at the junction of September and October; the Stowe Foliage Art Festival, taking place near the beginning of October and exhibiting a variety of traditional arts, crafts, and culinary delights; and the Northeast Kingdom Foliage Festival, the largest autumn celebration in the state, lasting over six days, covering seven communities in rural Vermont, and encompassing a vast selection of activities, sights, and savory dishes. The Vermont International Film Festival and Fall Craft Fair take place in Burlington at this time. Be sure to check current schedules for dates and times for any festivals you are planning to visit during your Vermont foliage trip.

Vermont Foliage Tours

Vermont Foliage Tours
Vermont Foliage Tours

By train, bicycle, foot, or car, there are a number of foliage tours to consider when planning an autumn trip to Vermont. Driving tours are among the most popular and possibly the most convenient, since all you need is a map and a car, and of course, a few snacks and a good camera; maps for autumn foliage driving tours in Vermont are available on the internet. There are also a number of tour companies offering vacation packages on luxury motorcoaches that allow you to leave the driving to someone else. Visitors planning to hoof it or go by cycle can use a similar map or visit a state park for a relaxing morning, afternoon, or all day outing through the fabulous colorful scenery. Train tours may be a bit more difficult to plan, because there is always a set schedule, and the expenses tend to be a bit higher, but if you can manage it, a train trip through the gorgeous autumn countryside of Vermont might be well worth the effort and splurge.

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