Vermont conjures images of Rockwellian towns, ski mountains, and, of course, cows. This drive unfolds like a coffee table book of photos that capture the essence of the Green Mountain State.
Begin at the Arlington Covered Bridge (A) in Arlington across the green from the former home and studio of beloved illustrator Norman Rockwell. Follow SR 313 East, chasing the Battenkill River, Vermont’s famous fly-fishing stream. Then, turn left on to SR 7A North, which winds through the heart of Manchester with its distinguished inns, shops, and cultural attractions.
Before you reach Manchester Village, watch for a right turn onto Hildene Road; it's a worthy departure to view Hildene (B), the former estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the 16th U.S. president. At the rotary in Manchester Center, take the first exit onto SR 30 (Depot Street), head east, and continue onto SR 11.
Only the rare driver can resist pulling over at the Mount Bromley Overlook to savor one of the best views in the state of the Green Mountains’ rolling ridges, especially when they’re splatter-painted with autumn tints. Continue to Londonderry, where you’ll meet SR 100, the picturesque north-south byway that travels almost the length of Vermont. Follow it 5 miles north to Weston, home of the Vermont Country Store (C), which is both a photo op and a destination for eclectic gadgets and Vermont-made gifts.