Everywhere you look during fall in Vermont, there are bursts of color. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. For most Vermonters, we know that means we need to get out and enjoy the sunshine before snow flies. We also know that there are a ton of activities that only happen this time of year that we can’t live without.

Take a lazy afternoon drive through any Vermont town or even along our highways (which have a number of pull-off spots) and you’re likely to be blinded by the colors you find. A quick Google search will provide the best routes to take for the most picturesque views and photo opportunities (I always recommend the Shelburne/Charlotte areas as well as Route 100/100B to people coming in from out of state). Along these routes, you will also find one of the most iconic structures in Vermont, covered bridges!

Apple orchards open up their gates so you can pick your own perfect apples or can buy a bag pre-picked varieties. The orchards and pumpkin patches also offer amazing photo opportunities and, if you decide to pick your own apples and stumble across a wooden apple, you’ll win an Apple iPad! Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury is one of the most recognizable places to Vermonters. Not only does it have some of the best cider in the area, but you can get cider jelly, cider donuts, apple pie, and apple crisp. They even have dog treats for your furry four-legged friend. And while you’re in Waterbury (and if you have a craving for some coffee), visit the Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center & Café!

Vermont is also home to New England’s largest corn maze. The Great Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville provides hours (and yes, I mean hours) of fun. They also do two fun Halloween themed nights for both kids (Creepy Farm) and adults (Dead North). The adult version of the creepy fun typically sells out quickly, so if this is something that you really want to enjoy, get your tickets early!

If you have never been to Vermont during this magical time of year, I highly recommend it. And, if you can’t make it up here but still want to see Vermont in all it’s autumn splendor, follow the hashtag #FindYourPeakVT (set up by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources) on social media to see what you missed out on this year and start planning your trip here for next year.