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Vermont is one of the best places in the United States to view spectacular fall foliage. The fall foliage starts from every season around September and October and gradually it changes the lush summer green to vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow. When it comes to Fall, there’s no place quite like Vermont. The striking leaves, the cool, crisp air, the maple syrup, apple picking, pumpkins, corn mazes, covered bridges… it’s all here!! I'll also share a road trip guide to seeing the best towns!
After a lot of research and closely following forecasts, we picked the first week of October to fly to Vermont.
Day 1: We first flew to Burlington, a city in northwestern Vermont, on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, which has plenty of New England charm. We flew to the vermont international Airport and stayed in the infamous The Lang House on Main Street; which is a converted 1881 Queen Anne Victorian home that’s distinguishably designed to offer 19th century charm with 21st century amenities. That cost $230 / per night with a promotional code. This place will provide you the luxury and peaceful staying with a complimentary breakfast buffet; and is easily accessible to both downtown Burlington, the University of Vermont, and Champlain College.
Day 2: After finishing our breakfast our first destination is "Green Mountain National Forest''. Starting from the lang house, our first stoppage was mount Philo, later we also stopped at Vermont 100; Highway in Vermont, we also stopped at a different viewpoint of "Green Mountain National Forest" and lastly our last destination was "Quechee state park".
Mount Philo is the oldest state park about 40 minutes south of Burlington with bright views of Lake Champlain and fall color near the lake. Quechee State Park is home to the breathtaking 165ft-deep Quechee Gorge, Vermont’s deepest ravine; Flanked on both sides with maple trees, the gorge offers incredible fall foliage views. Visitors can access the Gorge via the 2.7-mile Quechee Gorge Trail and there is a campground within the state park for overnight stays.
Scenic Route 100 Byway is The route is recognized by Yankee Magazine as one of “the most scenic in New England.” Also known as “Vermont’s Main Street” and “The Skier’s Highway,”. This route will connect you to some of the best Northeastern skiing, biking, hiking, and riding trails. On the way back we stopped to Glen house for our dinner. Best place for a beer and some warm food on the mountain. My favorite thing to do is to get grilled cheese and a Sip of Sunshine.
Smuggler’s Notch Pass in the fall is absolutely stunning and locally known as ‘the Notch’. The Notch Road is very narrow and windy and is lined with maple trees that turn vibrant shades of red and gold in the fall. If you like to hike; you will definitely like to hike up the Sterling Pond Trail at the top of the Notch. It’s a 2.3-mile out-and-back hike with pretty views of Sterling Pond at the top and a great place to take in Vermont’s fall foliage.
Smugglers' Notch Resort Village Recreation Area; a fun place to play with your family! You can have lots of recreational activities like skiing, walking, hiking, dining, lodging, and so more.
Vermont's foliage season usually begins early to mid-September and extends into late October.
Check the weather and temperature; bring layering clothes as at night the temperature gets down.
Prepare and bring food and drink while hiking.