Most people know that New England has some of the best autumn scenery in the country, but it’s Vermont that takes fall to a whole new level. The landscape bursts with vibrant hues of yellow, gold, and red in September and October, making it a popular destination for leaf-peepers and photographers. If you’re planning a trip to the Green Mountains this year, book your stay with GetAway Vacations and experience Vermont fall foliage like never before.
Our Favorite Ways to See Vermont Fall Foliage
Take a Gondola Ride
The K-1 Express Killington Gondola is one of New England’s most thrilling rides and takes guests to the top of Killington Peak in a comfortable, enclosed chairlift. You’ll travel 1.25-miles up the mountain and can experience breathtaking views of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts. Floating high above the burnt orange and rust-colored leaves, a ride on this eight-passenger Gondola is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Drive the Scenic Route 100 Byway
For a road trip you won’t soon forget, make your way to the Scenic Route 100 Byway this autumn. Named one of the most scenic drives in New England by Yankee Magazine, this route winds through south-central Vermont and runs along the east edge of the Green Mountains for 138 miles. You’ll see rolling hills of green, amber trees, and golden leaves along the way. If you can, pack your bike in the car; the byway connects a network of roads that are popular with cyclists.
If you want to experience Vermont’s fall on foot, be sure to explore a few Green Mountain hiking trails. The Killington Adventure Center is a great place to start and offers 15 miles of designated trails for guests who are looking to hike to or from the mountain’s peak. Or, if you’re up for a challenge, take on the 400-mile Long Trail, the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States. Gifford Woods State Park is another local favorite and offers a number of hiking trails with stunning views of the color-changing foliage.
Vermont Fall Foliage Forecast
What can you expect to see in VT this year? Reports show that a cool-down in September is in line with historic norms and will lead to color development in the Green Mountains by mid-September. The color change is a spectacular show that runs through the first 2 – 3 weeks in October and varies by elevation, progressing from north to south during the course of the season. We suggest booking your stay as soon as possible for a front-row seat.
Where To Stay This Fall
When searching for the perfect homestead, look no further than our Killington vacation rentals. Our beautiful homes have everything you need for an unforgettable trip, including fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, spacious living areas, and more. We can even help you plan the perfect autumn getaway complete with guided hikes and thrilling mountain bike tours. Take a look at our specials and packages for more information. We can’t wait to see you in the Green Mountains this fall!
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