Tips for photographing autumn foliage: How to 'leaf peep' in Vermont, US

JACLYN LEIBL-COTE

Rhode Island resident Jaclyn Leib-Cote is the president of specialist US travel company Collette, which ran its first tour from its Boston, Massachusetts HQ back in 1918. The global tour company is now located in Rhode Island, another of the six states of New England, gocollette.com

STEP ONE

Fly into Boston before heading to Vermont to travel on the most scenic route in New England. Route 100 stretches for 320 kilometres from Killington in the north to Waterbury in the south of Vermont, through twisting valleys and vibrant foliage. The gently rolling hills give way to the Green Mountains, hovering in the distance, offering a seemingly endless parade of nature.

STEP TWO

The best time to visit for an entrancing landscape in the fall season (autumn) is from late September to mid-October. However, the route is breathtaking year round.

STEP THREE

Take in the full spectrum of reds, oranges, and yellows lighting up the roadside, featuring gently waving branches rustling softly in the autumn breeze. The Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe is a great place for dinner with their own beer on tap and an amazing panorama ideal for leaf peepers, trappfamily.com

STEP FOUR

Along this scenic country road, you'll see quaint farm stands setting up shop, lethargic cows meandering through the long grass, and wooden bridges such as the picturesque Albany covered bridge on the stretch from Lincoln to North Conway through the White Mountains. Sample maple syrup, a local speciality at Rocks Estate, home to the North Country Conservation & Education Centre, and check out the cider at Cold Hollow Cider Mill near Stowe. From mid- October until the approach of Halloween, look out for the pumpkin stalls along the side of the road, coldhollow.com

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STEP FIVE

Discover some of Vermont's most beautiful winding roads lined with autumn foliage and cosy towns with an eclectic spirit such as Woodstock with its Georgian architecture. On a colourful journey through the Green Mountain State, find local artisans, tasty treats, and an age-old history in New England. And not to be missed are the lobster and bib dinners which are typical New England fare. This is Vermont at its best.

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