Running along the eastern edge of the Green Mountains, the Scenic Route 100 Byway is located in South-Central Vermont. This 146 mile section has a wide range of historic, cultural, scenic, natural and recreational resources.
Vermont Route 100 is recognized by Yankee Magazine as one of “the most scenic drives in New England.” It is part of Vermont’s ‘Skiers Highway’ which connects, in the winter, some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the northeast and – in the spring, summer and fall – three of the region’s best golf courses. The byway also provides access to extraordinary lakes for fishing, boating and swimming; impressive mountains for hiking and biking; and an exceptional network of roads popular with cyclists.
Rich in history and culture, the Scenic Route 100 Byway is home to the oldest arts and crafts schools in the country, Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. Plymouth Notch, a pristine early 20th Century hill town and home to the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, is considered to be one of the best preserved Presidential Sites in the nation.
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Scenic Route 100 encompasses four-season beauty and is internationally known for its incredible fall foliage. With rolling hills a meandering river, crystal clear lakes and ponds, mountain and valley vistas, unspoiled forests and quintessential Vermont towns, this route has it all. On the southern section visitors can follow the black river passing the sparkling water of Lake Rescue, Amherst and Echo Lake. On its northern section travelers delight at the incredible mountain views while the more adventurous leave their cars for an easy stroll to Thundering Brook Falls or a quick gondola ride up the states second highest mountain Killington peak.
Scenic Route 100 is also full of rich history and home to dozens of cultural landmarks that make it a truly unique journey. Visit President Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace and historic site; and make sure to leave time to shop and visit Plymouth Artisan Cheese. In Ludlow you can also see where Calvin Coolidge went to school which is now called Black River Academy Museum. In the Town of Weston, the entire village is registered as a historic town.
Outdoor recreation abounds on Scenic Route 100. Home to some of the best skiing and riding opportunities in the northeast at Okemo, Killington and Pico Mountain Resorts and Okemo Valley Nordic Center and Mountain Meadows Nordic & Snowshoe area. Scenic Route 100 also offers endless activities in the Summer and Fall. Mountain bikers and cyclists are drawn to the extensive trails and winding roads; golfers flock to play some of Vermont’s most popular and challenging courses including Vermont’s #1 public course and the Okemo Valley Golf Club; hikers come to explore the renowned long trail; boaters spend the day paddling and exploring the numerous lakes, and anglers try their luck at any number of the neighboring ponds and streams. All ages can enjoy a stroll around a classic town green; kids pass their time at one of the many local playgrounds and anyone can explore a waterfall on a wheelchair accessible nature trail.
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