As days get shorter and nights cool down, a magical transformation takes place in the thickets of Vermont. There are so many ways to view and photograph our leaves as they morph from green hues to deep reds and golden yellows, that you’ll want to try them all. Be sure to bring your best camera for all the album-worthy shots you can gather along the way.
Lace up those hiking boots and hit any number of trails that weave their way up to our best viewpoints. Short day hikes and overnight options as well as kid-friendly routes abound in the state parks. For quicker and steeper ascents, local ski areas are a great option and frequently host additional events to round out the day.
Some truly unique views of the foliage are accessible to the more adventurous who don’t mind whizzing through the trees or flying high above them. Zip-lining on a canopy tour is one sure way to zoom in on the leaves, while taking a discovery flight over the treetops offers a much wider exposure. For a milder adrenaline rush, get whisked to the top of a mountain peak on a gondola ride for one of the greatest – and easiest – views around.
When it’s time for a drink, a visit to one (or all!) of the local wineries and distilleries will keep your feet on the ground while you take in the spectacular surroundings. Enjoy daily tastings or learn more about the processes that go into creating these delicious spirits. You won’t want to leave empty-handed!
Rooms With A View
At day’s end, you’ll still want to see all the remarkable colors outside. Book your accommodation at a site that offers breathtaking views of nature well into the evening, and ask for top-floor rooms in taller hotels or inns. The sunset over this cornucopia of colors is a memory that will last a lifetime.