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Vermont Fall Visitors Guide

Best Time to Visit, Things to Do & More

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 ⋅ Written by Vanessa Howard ⋅ Edited by Laura Schulthies

Stowe, Vermont in fall
Stowe, Vermont in fall

Welcome to Vermont in the Fall

The Green Mountain State shines in every season, but there is something special about Vermont in the fall. Autumn is when people travel from around the U.S. to get a glimpse of the thrilling blanket of stunning colors covering the mountains, forests, and fields beginning in late September. Keep reading our Vermont in the fall guide for quintessential fall activities, the best places to visit, and things to do.

The Green Mountain State shines in every season, but there is something special about Vermont in the fall. Autumn is when people travel from around the U.S. to get a glimpse of the thrilling blanket of stunning colors covering the mountains, forests, and fields beginning in late September. Keep reading our Vermont in the fall guide for quintessential fall activities, the best places to visit, and things to do.

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Best Fall Foliage Destinations

Be sure to check out our extensive 10 Best Places To See Vermont Fall Colors Guide.

  Woodstock

Woodstock delivers when it comes to quintessential Vermont. With covered bridges surrounded by autumn colors, the town’s charming square, the Green, and the Georgian homes that are lovingly restored, Woodstock is a must-visit.

  Stowe

The quaint town of Stowe is known as one of Vermont’s premiere ski towns, but this place is charming in any season. Take a scenic drive through Smugglers Notch, wander the town’s streets, check out the quaint shops and be sure to try the famous cider donuts.

  Bennington

Bennington is buzzing with fall activities! The historic part of Bennington offers stunning, colorful foliage, and you can stroll the downtown area and Main Street for even more beautiful colors.

  Montpelier

Montpelier is the state capital of Vermont, and it’s such a fun city to explore. Not only will you see gorgeous foliage, but it also offers excellent shops, restaurants and fun fall activities. Head to Hubbard Park to take in the beautiful foliage or take a walk through the Enchanted Forest.

  Woodstock

Woodstock delivers when it comes to quintessential Vermont. With covered bridges surrounded by autumn colors, the town’s charming square, the Green, and the Georgian homes that are lovingly restored, Woodstock is a must-visit.

  Stowe

The quaint town of Stowe is known as one of Vermont’s premiere ski towns, but this place is charming in any season. Take a scenic drive through Smugglers Notch, wander the town’s streets, check out the quaint shops and be sure to try the famous cider donuts.

  Bennington

Bennington is buzzing with fall activities! The historic part of Bennington offers stunning, colorful foliage, and you can stroll the downtown area and Main Street for even more beautiful colors.

  Montpelier

Montpelier is the state capital of Vermont, and it’s such a fun city to explore. Not only will you see gorgeous foliage, but it also offers excellent shops, restaurants and fun fall activities. Head to Hubbard Park to take in the beautiful foliage or take a walk through the Enchanted Forest.

Vermont fall foliage
Vermont fall foliage

When To Visit Vermont For Peak Foliage

Peak foliage varies depending on where you are visiting in Vermont. For example, visit the Green Mountain State in early October if you want to spend time in the mountains. For those visiting Southern Vermont, particularly the Lake Champlain Valley, for Vermont fall foliage, the second week of October is perfect for peak colors. Foliage varies by year, but based on averages from year to year, the second weekend in October is the sweet spot and the best time to visit Vermont in the fall.

Weather In September

Average daily highs in the Garden State sit between 60°F (15.6°C) and 70°F (21.1°C), while daily lows hover between 45°F (7.2°C) and 50°F (10°C). While there is a slight possibility of rain, it isn’t likely at this time of year.

Weather In October

October brings the best fall foliage, but the days can be chilly, with daytime temperatures averaging 56°F (13.3°C). Nighttime temperatures drop to 43°F (6.11°C), so make sure to dress in layers during October, particularly for nighttime activities.

Quaint farm in Vermont during the fall
Quaint farm in Vermont during the fall

Getting There & Around

Without question, the best way to see Vermont’s stunning fall foliage is by taking a road trip through the state.

Arrival by Air

The largest and most budget friendly airport in Vermont is the Patrick Leahy Burlington International Airport (BTV). This is where most people begin their fall adventures. Burlington offers the most flight options between carriers and price. Other airport options include the smaller Rutland Airport and Morrisville-Stowe Airport.

Check for great prices on flights here.

Grafton Vermont In Fall

By Car

Road-tripping through Vermont is the absolute best way to see all the fall colors. We highly recommend getting a rental car if you are flying into the state. You’ll want to book your car ahead of time as during peak season rental cars can sell out and are double the normal price. Expect cars to be $60-$100 per day in early October.

Check for the best prices on rental cars here.

Pond in Vermont in the fall
Pond in Vermont in the fall

Things to Do in Vermont In The Fall

Vermont's Top Highlights

There are so many fun things to do when visiting Vermont in the fall. Whether you want to take a scenic drive, explore a charming small town, or enjoy some artisan cider, there is something for everyone in Vermont.

Apple Cider Donuts in Vermont
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Eat Apple Cider Donuts
Apple Cider Donuts in Vermont
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1. Eat Apple Cider Donuts

Vermont is famous for its apple cider donuts, and whether you get them at a cider mill or a country store, you should eat as many of these donuts as you can. Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Stowe is an excellent spot for cider donuts. However, you will want to try them at more than one place because each place makes their cider donuts differently. You can find delicious apple cider donuts at

  • Shelburne Orchards
  • Paradise Farm Sugarhouse
  • Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market
Smugglers Notch scenic drive in Vermont
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Take A Scenic Drive
Smugglers Notch scenic drive in Vermont
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2. Take A Scenic Drive

A scenic drive is one of the best ways to explore Vermont in the fall because it allows you to enjoy the beautiful foliage in its glory. The Green Mountain Byway runs along Routes 100, 108, and 15 and is one of New England’s most scenic routes.

This route begins in Waterbury, meanders through Stowe, and makes it’s way through Morrisville and Jeffersonville before returning to Stowe. At just 63.6 miles, you can enjoy vibrant and colorful leaves the entire drive.

Route 100 is one of many scenic drives; you can also road trip on Route 7, which follows the western side of the state and dips into Massachusetts. Make sure to stop in Bennington, Manchester, and Burlington.

If you want to explore the Northeastern side of the state, take a scenic drive on Route 2. This will take you from St. Johnsbury to Montpelier and almost into Canada.

Hiking to Camels Hump in Vermont
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Hike To Camels Hump
Hiking to Camels Hump in Vermont
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3. Hike To Camels Hump

Vermont is a fantastic place to hike in the fall, not only are the temperatures perfect, but you can enjoy the fall foliage in all its glory. Camel’s Hump stands out as the perfect hike to take during the fall season. At a whopping 4,083 feet tall, Camel’s Hump is the third tallest peak in Vermont. The summit offers stunning 360-degree views of fall colors, and you really can’t ask for a better view in Vermont.

There are several trails to choose from that are perfect for different skill levels, including the Camels Hump viewpoint, which is an easy .9 miles. Looking for more of a challenge? Try the Camels Hump Trail via Long Trail Loop, and this hike is a challenging 6.5 miles with an elevation gain of over 2,000 feet.

Apple picking in Vermont in Fall
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Go Apple Picking
Apple picking in Vermont in Fall
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4. Go Apple Picking

In the fall, there’s nothing more perfect than some apple picking in Vermont. The season begins in mid-September when Vermont‘s apples begin to ripen fully, and people flock to pick these delicious fruits. There are a few different orchards to choose from in Vermont, Hackett’s Orchard is one of the most popular.

Hackett’s Orchard grows an astonishing 47 different varieties of apples. Whether you prefer Honeycrisp apples or McIntosh apples, you are sure to find one that you’ll enjoy. Complete your visit to the orchard by picking up some hardy mums or a bottle of Vermont maple syrup.

A few more honorable mentions include Burtt’s Apple Orchard in Cabot, Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, and Mad Tom Orchard in East Dorset.

Taking the Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour
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Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
Taking the Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour
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5. Take The Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

Chances are you will be near Waterbury, Vermont, during your fall trip to Vermont, and if you are, you can’t miss the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory tour. During the tour, you watch the iconic and delicious ice cream being made and taste various flavors, including a complimentary sample at the end of your tour.

You can also visit the flavor graveyard, which is an altar that honors flavors that have been discontinued.

The Great Vermont Corn Maze
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The Great Vermont Corn Maze
The Great Vermont Corn Maze
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6. Walk Through The Great Vermont Corn Maze

One of the most fun ways to experience Vermont in the fall is by finding your way out of the Great Vermont Corn Maze. This unique fall activity holds the illustrious title of being the largest corn maze in New England! With about 24 acres of corn to wander through, this maze takes visitors about two hours to complete.

Keep in mind that the Great Vermont Corn Maze is only suitable for adults or children and teenagers who are accompanied by adults. It’s easy to get lost in the maze, and allowing children to go in alone isn’t advised. If this happens to you as an adult, you can always use the emergency exit trail to escape the maze quickly.

Visit a Cider Mill in Vermont in Fall
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Visit A Cider Mill
Visit a Cider Mill in Vermont in Fall
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7. Visit A Cider Mill

Fall in Vermont not only brings the return of vibrant oranges and reds but also marks the kick-off of apple cider season. While hard cider might be a fantastic option for adults, there is also the sweet and simple, fresh-pressed apple cider that is a seasonal staple for adults and kids alike.

Vermont is home to many cider mills that you can’t go wrong, however, we have a few favorites. Head to Stowe Cider or Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits for hard cider. Check out Cold Hollow Cider for the best sweet ciders or Champlain Orchards for some hard cider.

Fall Gondola ride in Vermont
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Take A Fall Gondola Ride
Fall Gondola ride in Vermont
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8. Take A Fall Gondola Ride

Get a different take on the vibrancy of the season with a fun fall foliage chairlift ride. You will glide through the Vermont treetops as you check out the vibrant colors from above.

There are several options, including the Bluebird Express that transports you to the summit of Mount Snow. You can also leaf peep into four different states from here making it a can’t miss fall experience. Purchase tickets online to get a better price, and children 4 and under ride the gondola for free with an adult.

Or glide to the top of Vermont’s highest mountain on the Stowe Gondola SkyRide. As you take in the explosive fall colors, you can also enjoy the expansive views. Children under 4 ride free with a paying adult.

A Vermont covered bridge in fall foliage
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Check Out A Covered Bridge
A Vermont covered bridge in fall foliage
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9. Check Out A Covered Bridge

If you are looking for the most covered bridges per square mile in the entire U.S., you’ve come to the right place. Many of Vermont’s iconic covered bridges were built in the 1800s, and their unique construction continues to delight today. There are over 100 covered bridges that remain intact. Here are a few fall favorites:

  • In Stowe: Gold Brook Covered Bridge
  • Near Montpelier: Slaughter House Covered Bridge, Northfield Fall Covered Bridge, and Lower Cox Brook Covered Bridge
  • Woodstock: Taftsville Covered Bridge and Middle Covered Bridge
  • Brattleboro: Creamery Covered Bridge
Moss Glen Falls surrounded by fall foliage
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Hike To Moss Glen Falls
Moss Glen Falls surrounded by fall foliage
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Hike To Moss Glen Falls

With a cascade of over 100 feet, Moss Glen Falls is the tallest waterfall in Vermont. Stunning fall-colored woodlands surround this truly spectacular waterfall. You can access Moss Glen Falls via a short .1-mile easy trail.

There are several options for the hike, and you can walk to the waterfall in as little as 20 minutes from the car park. You can also opt to take the longer route of the Moss Glen Falls Trail, at 5.2 miles of moderate hiking, which takes around 2 to 3 hours. This is one of the best hikes to experience when visiting Vermont in the fall.

Where to Stay in Vermont

There are all types of accommodations in Vermont. Location and amenities are the two top things to look for. For great bed & breakfast recommendations, check out our Vermont Bed & Breakfast Guide.

The Best Vermont Bed & Breakfasts

For great recommendations for every budget, check out our Vermont Bed & Breakfast Guide

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