SCENIC ROUTE 100 BYWAY RECOGNIZED BY NEW YORK TIMES AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST DRIVES IN THE U.S.
Posted on June 29, 2012
New York, Ny: 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 Rt. 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.”
This feeling of nostalgia and yesteryear – a reason why 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 summer.
“We’re extremely flattered that the New York Times selected Rt. 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 Rt. 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 speaks of some of these hidden treasures in her recommendation of the route, adding, “Watch for a pond with an old wooden dock, and soon after, in the near distance, a perfect red barn.”
Other roads highlighted include California’s Pacific Coast Highway, North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway, and Georgia’s highway 441. More information on Scenic Rt. 100 Byway can be found at YourPlaceInVermont.com, or DiscoverKillington.com. Information on the various byways throughout the State of Vermont can be found online at www.vermont-byways.us.
The New York Times article, released mid-May, is available at http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/travel/correspondents-select-some-of-their-favorite-roads.html?pagewanted=all