The New York Times - the largest metropolitan newspaper in the
country - recently asked 10 of their Travel correspondents to
recommend the best drive throughout the U.S. Of the 10 routes
selected, just one was in New England - and its Route 100, one of
Vermont's most recently designated scenic byways.
Abby Goodnough, reporter for the Times for over a decade, spoke
fondly of Route 100. "As I drove through the soft rain on my most
recent trip, a favorite old song drifted into my head for the first
time in years," she said.
This feeling of nostalgia and yesteryear - one of the many
reasons Killington and Okemo led the effort to designate the route
as a scenic byway - is found in frozen waterfalls and snow-covered
lakes in the winter, and village greens and rolling meadows in the
"We're extremely flattered that the New York Times selected
Route 100 not just as one of the best routes in New England, but
one of the top 10 in the country," says Suzie Dundas, Killington
representative to the Route 100 Byway Committee. "We hope the
designation will lead new guests to go 'off the beaten path' when
they visit Vermont and spend some time exploring the hidden
treasures along this rural route."
Goodnough mentioned some of these hidden treasures in her
recommendation of the route, "Watch for a pond with an old wooden
dock, and soon after, in the near distance, a perfect red barn,"
The other nine highlighted include:
California Route 1, Pacific Coast Highway
Colorado, Highway 285, Kenosha Pass
Georgia, Highway 441
New York, Route 28, Adirondacks
New York, Route 495, Long Island Expressway
North Dakota's Enchanted Highway
Oregon, Route 26
Texas, Interstate 45
Washington, Highway 99, The Alaskan Way Viaduct
More information on Scenic Rt. 100 Byway can be found at
YourPlaceInVermont.com, or DiscoverKillington.com.