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smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

Hi we will be in Burlington and we will have one day to go to Stowe Mountain or Smuggler's notch route 108 or toll road. We wanna see great views and fall folliage. Travelling with our 4 year old daughter. Where should we go?

thx

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1. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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.

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2. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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.

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3. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

We will be there sunday oct 13 thx

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4. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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.

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5. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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.

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6. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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.

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7. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

Thank you so much for your help ! That's why we love americans here in Quebec City. Always willing to help! Thanks again!

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8. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

Most welcome. Enjoy your visit and shout with any other questions.

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9. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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

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10. Re: smuggler's notch or toll road to the top?

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!

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