Just a few months ago, the Vermont Transportation Board formally extended the Scenic Route 100 Byway to encompass a total of 138 miles and 20 towns, from Stamford at the very southern edge of the state to Granville in the central region. Along the route are some of the best small attractions and views anywhere in the country - and we're also proud to announce that one of the towns added to the route was our own town of Wilmington, Vermont.
The Scenic Route 100 Byway is already a well-known way to view the majestic natural scenery and historical sites of Vermont. Even the New York Times added Route 100 to its list of their 10 favorite drives in the United States. There is something special to be experienced on this road - and the best way to see Vermont is to hop in the car and drive it!
Wilmington is a great place to start driving the Scenic Route 100 Byway; as one of its southern-most towns, it is a gateway to the "Skiers' Highway." It adds several Wilimington attractions to the Byway's list of points of interest, including the Deerfield River and Lake Whitingham, the largest lake entirely within Vermont. Wilmington also is part of Vermont's Molly Stark Scenic Byway, so after setting off to the north, east, or west for a scenic drive, the town is a great place to return to for a bite to eat and spend the night.
Known for historic and cultural significance and natural beauty, there is plenty to see on Route 100 beyond Wilmington, too. For instance, several of Vermont's beautiful and famous covered bridges lie along or near the Scenic Route 100 Byway. Vermont's covered bridges are a topic unto themselves, and are distinctive highlight of a scenic byway tour.
Another interesting point on Route 100 is former president Calvin Coolidge's birthplace and burial site in the town of Plymouth, and his former school in the nearby Ludlow. This is certainly a neat layover, especially for history buffs.
By far, though, one of the best things about the Scenic Route 100 Byway is the natural scenery. Though Vermont is most famous for its fall foliage, Route 100 is full of breathtaking views and natural attractions. Whether you're visiting in the peak of fall, the middle of winter, or the height of summer, you're certain to find an amazing natural landscape spread out before you.
So what are you waiting for? Your driving tour of Vermont's scenic byways hasn't begun yet, and that just means you're missing out.
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