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America's Best Fall Color Drives

America's Best Fall Color Drives: The Green Mountain and Mad River Byways, VT

Courtesy of the Stowe Area Association

The Green Mountain and Mad River Byways, VT

The Route: 23.9 miles.

Foliage Update: foliage-vermont.com

Vermont is known as the mecca for serious leaf viewers in the Eastern United States. Drive on one-lane highways meandering through valleys and mountains painted glorious shades with yellow alder leaves, purplish-red pin cheery, and brilliant orange and red maple trees. Begin in Waitsfield where the Mad River runs, continue through Waterbury, and end in Stowe to see Vermont’s highest colorful peak, Mount Mansfield.

Where to Stop: Visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill for a tour and cider tasting; dine at Michael’s on the Hill with panoramic views of Green Mountain; and shop for local products at Cabot Annex, home of eight specialty shops including Cabot Cheese, Danforth Pewter, and Lake Champlain Chocolates.

—Margie Goldsmith

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