Editor’s note: This tour was originally published in 2018. It was updated on Oct. 14, 2021 to reflect any recent changes in business hours and operations. Correspondent Clover Whitham reported and wrote the original version of this tour.

You can’t go wrong in the Northeast Kingdom during foliage season.


Here is a leaf-peeping day trip sure to thrill and engage everyone. Feel free to take any detours to lengthen or shorten this four-hour loop. Any turn you make is sure to be picturesque.

Northeast Kingdom foliage tour: Driving directions

Off to Darling Hill Road: We’ll start in St. Johnsbury, which is easy to get to from Interstate 91, or from U.S. 2 from the west or Interstate 93 from New Hampshire. From there, head north on Vermont 114 to Lyndonville where you’ll find tree-lined Darling Hill Road, which earns a spot on several foliage guides for its panoramic views.

See the beauty of Lake Willoughby: Turn on West Darling Hill Road to Bugbee Crossing Road to U.S. 5 and head north to Vermont 5A, which will take you through the Willoughby State Forest. You’ll head along the glacier-carved Lake Willoughby, which is often compared to a Norwegian fjord.

Cathy Feeley took this shot at Willoughby Lake in Westmore on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

A possible short-cut: At the northern tip of the lake, you could shorten this route by taking Vermont 16 south to Greensboro, or make it a mid-size loop by taking Vermont 58 to Lowell.

Stretch your legs in Newport: If you’re in it for the long haul, continue north on Vermont 5A to Derby and take U.S. 5 to Newport. You’ll cross over a section of Lake Memphremagog to get to Newport’s Main Street. This is a nice little city to stretch your legs in along the shore of the lake and on the bike path.

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