Route 100, Vermont
If New England is synonymous with fall foliage, then Vermont's Route 100, with its storybook villages tucked among a dazzling array of autumnal colors covering its rolling hillsides, is the reason. Known to many as the "Skier's Route," this drive starts at the Canadian border and travels south until it reaches Massachusetts, passing many of the major ski resorts. The road cuts through the mountains, descends into valleys with white church steeples poking above colorful gold and red trees, and encounters farms, maple stores, and covered bridges along the way.
Not to be missed: The Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where you can sample fresh apple cider made the old-fashioned way and shop for local products.
Before you go, check to see when the colors are at peak.
(Photo: Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing)