Are you looking for a road trip with breathtaking views close to home? Try Vermont and New Hampshire, two New England states easily accessible from Québec and Ontario. Imagine yourself driving along winding roads and exploring majestic mountains and green valleys.
This travel itinerary will provide you with an unforgettable experience at the wheel of your car, so plan on a good playlist. Prepare to be amazed, as this region will surely wow you with its natural treasures all along your road trip.
1. Lake Champlain Islands, Vermont
Starting in Montréal, cross the US border and make your way to Route 2 South. This panoramic road provides splendid views of Lake Champlain, as well as the pastoral landscape of the surrounding islands.
Along the way, you’ll pass through some magnificent places, such as North Hero, the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the view of the lake while walking along the small public wharf.
Continuing your drive, you’ll arrive at Grand Isle and South Hero Island. Stop at Sand Bar State Park, a favourite spot for beach lovers for some rest, sun tanning or a quiet picnic. You can relax and admire the mountains on the horizon.
2. Stowe, Vermont
Say goodbye to the islands and head for the Green Mountains, driving to the small village of Stowe, Vermont. The road leading up to it is spectacular.
You can hike up to the summit of Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont, and take in the spectacular view of the surrounding area. After this workout, treat yourself to a craft beer in a rustic atmosphere in one of the numerous local breweries.
3. Montpelier, Vermont
The next stop on your road trip is Montpelier, Vermont. This charming and surprising little town is the smallest state capital in the United States.
You must absolutely visit the State House. This majestic neoclassic structure offers free guided tours, exhibitions and interactive presentations on the state’s history and politics.
Montpelier is also home to a variety of restaurants, boutiques, museums and art galleries. For outdoor enthusiasts, it also offers excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, and winter activities.
4. Woodstock, Vermont
Carry on your adventure in the Ottauquechee River valley in Woodstock, a historic village that will win you over with its picturesque charm and colonial architecture.
While visiting Woodstock, you can explore the local museums, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants to discover the town’s history and culture.
One of the highlights of your trip will surely be the Taftsville Covered Bridge, located a short drive from the town. This iconic structure will surely amaze you! This timber-framed bridge, built in 1836, is one of the oldest in Vermont and is a testimony to the engineering of the time. You can cross the bridge and enjoy panoramic views of the river.
5. Hanover, New Hampshire
Continue along to Hanover, a charming town in New Hampshire, right on the border with Vermont. Visit Dartmouth College, founded in 1769 and one of the oldest universities in the US, with a magnificent campus that includes several historic buildings.
You can take a guided tour of the campus to learn more about the university’s history and admire some of its most iconic sites, such as the Baker-Berry Library and The Green, a grass-covered field in the centre of the campus.
6. Moultonborough, New Hampshire
Travel to the lovely town of Moultonborough next, situated on Lake Winnipesaukee, where you can enjoy a boat trip on the lake and even indulge in a little fishing. You can also just relax on one of the public beaches.
Make sure to visit the vast historic estate of the famous Castle in the Clouds dating from 1913.
7. North Conway, New Hampshire
Drive to North Conway, a picturesque town in the White Mountains region. Hikers can enjoy the mountain hiking trails at Cathedral Ledge.
The North Conway outlets are also very popular with shoppers, with various stores offering tax-free bargains.
8. Lincoln, New Hampshire
Backtrack a bit to take the Kancamagus Highway, the most well-known scenic highway in New Hampshire. Running along 34.5 miles from Conway to Lincoln, this majestic road crosses the White Mountains.
To stretch your legs, make a stop at Lincoln Woods Trail, an old railroad line that is a popular spot for a stroll.
The town of Lincoln boasts a rich history and is home to various historic sites, including Clark's Bears. This popular tourist attraction provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the lives of 19th-century trappers and settlers.
9. Franconia, New Hampshire
In the heart of the mountains, continue your travels by crossing Franconia Notch State Park. If you dream of hiking up to the summit of Mount Lafayette, the easiest route is the Old Bridle Path.
You can stay the night in Franconia village, also known for its rich cultural heritage. You can discover the region’s history by visiting the Franconia Heritage Museum, which offers an immersive experience of what life was like on a New Hampshire farmhouse in the late 1800s.
10. Colebrook, New Hampshire
To conclude this ultimate Vermont - New Hampshire itinerary, go north to Colebrook. You can enjoy the region's natural beauty by visiting Dixville Notch State Park. There, you can explore hiking trails or take advantage of the lakes and rivers for kayaking, fishing, or swimming.
You can also admire Beaver Brook Falls and experience the breathtaking views along Route 26.
An adventurous road trip to recharge in nature!
Prepare to be amazed throughout this road trip through the US states of Vermont and New Hampshire! By following this loop itinerary, you can explore the most beautiful vistas of New England, such as the Lake Champlain Islands, the green mountains of Stowe, the charming city of Montpelier, the picturesque Woodstock, the university city of Hanover and the peaceful Moultonborough as well as the incomparable beauty of the White Mountains.
Each location will charm you with its wonderful views, outdoor activities, museums, and local restaurants. This will help you immerse yourself in the region’s culture and leave behind the everyday.
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