If you want to see fall foliage you are most likely too late. The high elevations lost a lot of leaves in yesterday's storm. For foliage you want to stick to lower elevation/valley areas.
That said...do both! They are really close to eachother. The toll road brings you to the top of Mansfield where you can hike the ridge for great views in all directions. Smuggler's Notch (Route 108) is pretty too but no long views - just lovely views of the forest and the immediate mountain you are driving through.
Can you tell us when you will be in Burlington? The Stowe area hit peak last week and with heavy winds on Monday and rain, things are past peak at this point. There is still plenty of color out there, but if you are coming this weekend, you will have better luck heading South from Burlington.
We will be there sunday oct 13 thx
We wanna do the alpine slides also and the website says that it will be open on oct 13. In fact, it will be the last day of the season it opens.
Play it by ear. Do the Alpine Slide, and take a look around as you drive to/from it. If the mountains are bare, you'll see better foliage per se around the town of Stowe or around Burlington (in Colchester or the Champlain Islands). If you want long views, the toll road is the right choice - tho the foliage may be depleted at the mid-high elevations.
Even if the foliage is past peak up at Stowe, I'd still try and get up on Mansfield--either by the toll road or the gondola. The long rage forecast is for clear skies, sun, temps in the 60s (50s on the mountain), and light winds. The views from up top will be spectacular, foliage aside.
FYI-- my 4 year old son absolutely loved riding the alpine slide with my wife a few weeks ago.
Thank you so much for your help ! That's why we love americans here in Quebec City. Always willing to help! Thanks again!
Most welcome. Enjoy your visit and shout with any other questions.
You can do both for sure, but the smugglers cove area is free with lots of nice trails, toll road is great but is costly but do it too
Definitely do both and you will love the alpine slide! We loved walking around Smuggler's Notch every time we have been in VT. Love the rocks! Have fun!