Best Scenic Drives in Vermont

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Mount Mansfield Loop, Northern Vermont


This eTrail is a scenic drive with detailed information on the New England towns of Stowe, Jeffersonville, Waterville, Fairfield, St. Albans, Westford, Jericho, Underhill, Cambridge, and Morrisville.…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Stowe, VT - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#2. Middlebury Loop Scenic Drive


An 81-mile loop drive through Middlebury and Brandon gaps in the Green Mountains and across open farmland in the Champlain Valley. The 81-mile Middlebury Loop Drive, beginning in the college town of M…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Brandon, VT - Scenic Drives - 81 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Smugglers Notch Scenic Drive


This 23-mile drive climbs to the summit of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest point, and threads through 2,162-foot-high Smugglers Notch, an abrupt cleft chiseled into the Green Mountains. Cars pullin…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Jeffersonville, VT - Scenic Drives - 23 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Quechee - Coolidge Scenic Drive


A 61-mile open loop that passes through picturesque villages and hilly countryside in the Piedmont of central Vermont. The 61-mile Quechee-Coolidge Scenic Drive passes through some of Vermont’s finest…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Plymouth Union, VT - Scenic Drives - 61 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Southern Vermont


An early Indian summer embraced the falling and rising southern Vermont hills which faded into a haze of orange, crimson and blue. The autumn aroma, bathed in the warmth of the day, was unmistakably f…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Brattleboro, VT - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#6. Central Vermont Loop


This loop could be explored in a weekend trip or stretched over several days, depending on your interests. The starting point is Montpelier, with the excursion heading southward. This eTrail is a sc…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Northfield Falls, VT - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#7. Southern Green Mountains Scenic Drive


This 69-mile drive explores the southern Green Mountains, the northern Taconic Mountains, and the Vermont Valley. The two-part 69-mile Southern Green Mountains Drive explores a remote slice of the Gre…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Pawlet, VT - Scenic Drives - 69 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Barre to Danville Scenic Drive


A 49-mile drive through rolling hills and picturesque country villages in Vermont’s upland region. The route crosses rolling, wooded hills and dales and passes through picture-postcard villages. This…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Groton, VT - Scenic Drives - 49 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Lamoille River Scenic Drive


A 34-mile drive over rolling hills and along the placid Lamoille River between St. Johnsbury and Morrisville. The Lamoille River scenic drive runs through pleasant countryside west of St. Johnsbury to…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Hardwick, VT - Scenic Drives - 34 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Lake Willoughby Scenic Drive


A 35-mile scenic drive in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom between Lyndonville and Derby Center. The Lake Willoughby drive traverses a scenic and hauntingly beautiful section of northeastern Vermont, cross…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving New England"
Derby Center, VT - Scenic Drives - 35 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Northeast Kingdom


Like many areas of Vermont, the Northeast Kingdom has its own distinct flavor. Rich in evergreens, it is not the most colorful area of Vermont as far as fall foliage is concerned. You will not see the…
From the guidebook "Autumn Rambles of New England"
Hardwick, VT - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#12. Molly Stark Scenic Byway


The Molly Stark Scenic Byway travels 48 miles across the southern Green Mountains from Brattleboro to Bennington in southern Vermont.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Brattleboro, VT - Scenic Drives - 48 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Southern Green Mountains


This 69-mile drive explores the southern Green Mountains, the northern Taconic Mountains, and the Vermont Valley.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Dorset Mountain, VT - Scenic Drives - 69 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Quechee-Coolidge


A 61-mile open loop that passes through picturesque villages and hilly countryside in the Piedmont of central Vermont.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
White River Junction, VT - Scenic Drives - 61 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Middlebury Loop


An 81-mile loop drive through Middlebury and Brandon Gaps in the Green Mountains and across open farmland in the Champlain Valley.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Middlebury, VT - Scenic Drives - 81 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Barre to Danville


A 49-mile drive through rolling hills and picturesque country villages in Vermont’s upland region.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Barre, VT - Scenic Drives - 49 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Smugglers Notch


This 23-mile drive climbs to the summit of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest point, and threads through 2,162-foot-high Smugglers Notch, an abrupt cleft chiseled into the Green Mountains. Cars pullin…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Stowe, VT - Scenic Drives - 23 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Lamoille River


A 34-mile drive over rolling hills and along the placid Lamoille River between St. Johnsbury and Morrisville.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Saint Johnsbury, VT - Scenic Drives - 34 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Lake Willoughby


A 35-mile drive in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom between Lyndonville and Derby Center.…
From the guidebook "Scenic Routes & Byways New England "
Lyndonville, VT - Scenic Drives - 35 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Mount Mansfield Ridge


After an easy drive, this ridge-top trail winds through alpine tundra to the highest point in Vermont for breathtaking views—all for minimal effort. Unlike most of the trips in this book, which depend…
From the guidebook "Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont"
Stowe, VT - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 2.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books