Prepare to be inspired by the Green Mountain State’s beauty and tranquility as you ride with us through Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom with its colorful mountain vistas and stunning views of sprawling Lake Champlain. From fiery red hardwood canopies to expanses of golden yellow, you can’t beat the breathtaking views of Vermont in the autumn. What better way to go leaf peeping than by bicycle?
We’ll start in Burlington, where we’ll be treated to amazing views of the Adirondack Mountains looming to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Moving eastward, we’ll enjoy the rolling hills and stunning colors of the Green Mountains, visiting many quaint New England towns, such as Waterbury, home to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Our trip ends back in Burlington, but not before we’ve experienced all of the color and beauty that the conifer and deciduous forests of Vermont have to offer.
|Start Date:||Sep 29, 2014||End Date:||Oct 05, 2014|
|Start Location:||Burlington, VT||End Location:||Burlington, VT|
|Total Days:||7||Riding Days:||6|
|Average Daily Mileage:||49.5||Surface:||Paved|
|Riders:||13||Airport:||Burlington International (BTV)|
|Tour Leader:||Dave Cox||Meals:||Indoor Dining|
|Accommodations:||Indoor (Inn to Inn)||Type:||Self Contained|
|Physical Difficulty:||Intermediate+||Level of Support:||Inn to Inn|
Burlington. We’ll start our tour in historic Burlington, known to the locals as “B-Town.” With the magnificent backdrop of the Green Mountains to the east, the Adirondack Mountains to the west across the rippling waters of Lake Champlain, and a bevy of cultural and historic sites at hand, it is definitely worth spending a day or two in Burlington before hitting the open road.
Burlington to St. Albans, 43 miles. Today we will leave the bicycling mecca of Burlington, our urban surroundings quickly giving way to rolling farmland. After riding through the calendar-perfect towns of Colchester and Milton, we’ll return to the shores of Lake Champlain and pass through pretty St. Albans Bay before moving away from the shoreline to our home for the evening in St. Albans proper.
St. Albans to Jay, 40 miles. We’ll strike out on the beautiful Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail today for the first 20 miles of our journey before heading up and over Jay Peak. Our route wanders through the farms, forests, fields, and wetlands of the Northeast Kingdom, with image after image perfect for a postcard. Riding traffic free for most of the day means plenty of spectacular photo opportunities!
Jay to St. Johnsbury, 60 miles. Today’s stunning and challenging ride will take us through the foothills of the Green Mountains and over the rolling hills this area is known for. The leaves will be beautiful as we head into the heart of the Green Mountains, with bright yellow, lime green, orange, and fiery red hues highlighting the hills around us. We’ll finish today in St. Johnsbury, where, according to the town motto, "rivers and people come together."
St. Johnsbury to Fairlee, 54 miles. Following Adventure Cycling’s Green Mountains Loop today, we’ll dip into New Hampshire briefly before crossing back into Vermont. Tonight we’ll rest at the fabulous Lake Morey Resort, which is situated between the Green and White Mountains near the Connecticut River.
Fairlee to Waterbury, 54 miles. Today our wheels will take us through the heart of Vermont. We’ll have the opportunity to explore the state capital of Montpelier, and our ride will take us to the front of the capitol building itself. We’ll finish the day in Waterbury, home of world-famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and settle in just a mile up the road from the ice-cream factory. You may find time to swing by and get yourself a sweet treat!
Waterbury to Burlington, 24 miles. It's a short ride back to Burlington, through rolling hills and past plenty of silos and colorful mountains. Although the day's ride will be over quickly, our memories of "leaf-peeping" through Vermont will stay with us long after our final pedal strokes.
"Great tour, despite some difficult weather and route changes. I’ll definitely be doing another ACA tour in the future."
2012 Tour Participant
"While the staff couldn't control the weather, they did an amazing job of thinking on their feet and keeping everyone dry, warm and spirits high. I can’t say enough good things about the staff!"
2011 Tour Participant
"The scenery was awesome! The staff was excellent and very organized!"
2011 Tour Participant
"I enjoyed the cycling through the beautiful fall colors."
2012 Tour Participant