October 13, 2013

Vermont's Route 2 offers scenic seasonal views

Many North Country residents and visitors have grown accustomed to enjoying the colorful palette the fall-foliage season brings to the Adirondack Mountains. 

Let us not forget our neighboring state of Vermont, which also boasts wonderful colors throughout the Northeast Kingdom. 

One place that has a full range of hues this season is Route 2 between Montpelier and St. Johnsbury. The road’s name and placement has changed several times over the years. The Burlington to Montpelier route was first set up as a toll road in the early 19th century. It was incorporated into the transcontinental auto trail known as the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway in 1919 before being designated as part of Route 2 in 1926. Route 2 was also relocated onto its modern alignment along the original Roosevelt International Highway route between Montpelier and St. Johnsbury in the mid-1930s. Eventually the original alignment of the highway became part of what has been designated as Route 302.

After leaving Montpelier, the road turns northeast, crossing into Caledonia County and passing through St. Johnsbury and eventually into New Hampshire. The route offers leaf-peepers a wide variety of foliage on farmlands and mountains and near lakes and rivers. Take in the autumn colors while strolling around Martin’s Bridge in Marshfield, or visit the Marshfield Reservoir to boat or fish. Along the way, many of those colorful “Kodak moments” — from horse farms in Plainfield to beautiful parks in Danville — dot the landscape.




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