Top 10 New England Leaf-peeping Locales


Grab a Map and Drive, Vermont

In Southern Vermont, give Route 7A a try, with a jaunt on Equinox Skyline Drive south of Manchester. Detour onto Route 67 and discover Old Bennington -- don't miss Robert Frost's grave at the Old Bennington Cemetery -- and Hathaway's Drive-in Movie Theater. Alternatively, Route 7 intersects with Route 9, where heading west will take you through scenic Willmington and into Brattleboro.

If you find yourself in Northern Vermont, try Route 108. You won't want to miss the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Stowe Village and Smuggler's Notch State Park.

Find your way: Vermonters will tell you they have the best foliage in New England -- they might tell you they have the best foliage, period. You can't go wrong behind the wheel with a whole day ahead of you. If you're known for your lack of orientation skills, be sure you have a map or navigation system.