Vermont is one of the most spectacular destinations in North America to witness the changing seasons. The abundance and great variety of maples, oaks, and birches in the state ensure the rich palette of yellow, brown, and bronze tones. Red and sugar maples that comprise the majority of Vermont's forests are providing the most attractive scarlet, orange, and bright yellow shades. The best time to see changing colors is from early September through October.
Driving through Vermont in the fall is a magical experience. The most famous foliage drive is Route 100 stretching from Massachusetts to the Canadian border. The so-called "Skiers' Highway” is 146 mi (234 km) long. Connecting north and south, it passes the scenic Green Mountains, several waterfalls, and scenic bridges. if you keep driving north on Route 100, you will reach the hidden autumnal treasure of Vermont – The Mad River Valley. An alternative route between north and south is Route 7. Pownal, Manchester, and Burlington are major foliage viewing areas along the way. Also, make sure to make a stop in one of the small charming towns, like Dorset. If you prefer to explore Vermont from east to west, take Route 2 that goes all the way to Maine. Lake Champlain and its small islands looks divine with fall colors. Burlington with its Ethan Allen Park and Danville with its Great Vermont Corn Maze are also worth checking out.
Northern Green Mountains and Northeast Kingdom
If you are ready to spend some time in Vermont in the fall, one of the best places is Northern Mountains. Take a drive on North Mountain Loop, and make a stop in Stowe. You can ride gondolas of the famous Stowe ski resorts to see the colors from above. Mount Mansfield, the highest peak of Vermont, offers a magnificent view of Lake Champlain and surrounding forests. The Green Mountain Byway offers many scenic outlooks near Stowe, the Waterbury Reservoir, and at the peaks of the Worcester Range. Northeast Kingdom provides a good chance to enjoy the fall leaves without crowds. This remote area is considered to be one of the most scenic places in North America. Make a stop in the town is St. Johnsbury and at Jay Peak mountain resort. The foliage season in Northern Mountains runs from early September to mid-October. The peak usually falls on the last two weeks of September when visitors can see the whole palette of colors: green, yellow, red, and orange.
Killington Mountain is one of the most scenic foliage destinations in Central Vermont. You can take a gondola ride to enjoy the breathtaking views underneath. Drive on the scenic Upper Connecticut River Valley Loop and make sure to stop in Woodstock, one of the most beautiful small towns in the US. Quechee Gorge and Little Grand Canyon are also worth visiting. The peak foliage time on lower elevations is mid-October.
Southern Vermont has several scenic areas to enjoy autumnal colors. Manchester is on the top of that list. For the best views head to Equinox Mountain, one of the highest in Southern Vermont, that offers good views. Bennington is also among the best places that offer postcard New England fall views. Stop by Somerset Reservoir to see nice reflections. Take a chairlift ride at the Mount Snow ski area to enjoy inspiring scenery in every direction. The peak foliage season in Southern Vermont usually falls on the first two weeks of October.