Yankee magazine's fall foliage Web site – www.yankee foliage.com – is featuring six scenic drives, one for each of the New England states, perfect for an early autumn drive.
For Vermont, the magazine recommends the 18-mile stretch of Vt. 108 connecting Stowe and Jeffersonville via Smugglers' Notch.
You'll find steep slopes and Mount Mansfield State Forest, and you can ride up the Stowe Gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield to check out the view.
For New Hampshire, enter the White Mountains from Interstate 93 and U.S. 3 north through Franconia Notch, then head east along U.S. 302 to N.H. 16. The 75-mile winding drive offers panoramic views, hiking trails, brooks, waterfalls and covered bridges.
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In Maine, take U.S. 201, a scenic byway, on the 78-mile stretch between Solon and Sandy Bay Township along the Canadian border. Look out for moose, especially in the early morning.
In Massachusetts, U.S. 6 Alternate in Cape Cod offers 40 miles of white clapboard homes, steepled churches, and the beach, quiet in the fall. Places of interest along the way include the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich.
Connecticut's Conn. 169 in the eastern part of the state off Interstate 395 offers 32 miles of small towns, stone walls, big trees and red barns.
In Rhode Island, an 8.3-mile loop in Newport County runs past classic New England architecture, stone walls, rolling farmland, vineyards and views of the ocean.