Route 100, Vermont
Begin your drive heading north from Stamford and enjoy the ride. While the foliage is the main focus, you'll also pass sugar houses and general stores. Stop in Wilmington for a snack and a walk around the main street. Then head north past a few ski areas to Weston, home to the Vermont Country Store.
Continue north to Granville and stop at Moss Glen Falls. Of all the falls in Vermont, this is one of the easiest to reach, so grab the camera and head to the boardwalk. Driving further north, you'll have your fill of galleries, inns and of course foliage. Plus, there's a covered bridge just up from the intersection of Routes 100 and 17.
Finally, end in Waterbury Center, where you'll find Cold Hollow Cider Mill and their famous cider donuts.
Find your way: Route 100 is a long but relaxing drive through the Green Mountains, from the border of Massachusetts to nearly Canada.