Foliage drives are the perfect way to enjoy all the splendor of a New England fall, welcoming the kaleidoscope of color into your vehicle, as you marvel at the fleeting beauty that surrounds you.
Here is one of our favorite fall drives in Vermont, the Mad River Scenic Byway.
Mad River Scenic Byway: One of Vermont’s best and most popular foliage drives, the Mad River Scenic Byway — along Routes 100 and 100B — is a roadway where motorists will encounter quiet (but loud in color) forests, stretches of farmland, and quintessential downtown areas. Along the 36-mile corridor you’ll find favorite ski destinations Mad River Glen and Sugarbush Mountain Resort, access to the Long Trail, and plenty of canoeing, fishing, and hiking.
Points of interest: The Mad River Path (4061 Main St., Waitsfield, madriverpath.com) is a network of public trails and greenways to explore via bike or foot. Through October, check out the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market (5249 Main St., Waitsfield, waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com) for the freshest produce and crafts from the Green Mountain State. Swing by Sugarbush (102 Forest Drive, Warren, sugarbush.com) and catch a scenic lift ride ($28 pre-purchase, $30 day-of, weekends through Oct. 10). Or take a dive into the rich history of Vermont covered bridges with a visit to the Pine Brook Covered Bridge (1.2 miles north of Waitsfield Common) which dates back to 1872. The Warren Store (284 Main St., Warren, warrenstore.com) is a must-stop for a quick bite, a sample of some local, craft beer, or to just hang out and catch up on the town gossip.