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Since Vermont is in the extreme Northeast, no matter where you start from, you'll end up crossing the Adirondacks on Route I-87 North, crossing Lake Champlain on a ferry, and taking Route 7 and I-89 to Stowe. Getting to I-87, however, will differ.

Coming from anywhere in the Ohio Valley, you want to work your way up to I-80 which comes across northern Ohio and Pennsylvania. In eastern Pennsylvania you turn off on I-81 north and I-84 east. I-84 will cross New Jersey and New York and intersect with I-87 North.

If you live in the Great Lakes area, Chicago or anywhere across the northern tier of the country, you want to come east on I-90. That will intersect with I-87 North at Albany.

If you live anywhere in the middle third of the country, you want to come east on I-40, which intersects with I-95 in North Carolina. You then take I-95 north to New Jersey. Take 287 West bypass around congested New York City, and take I-87 North.

If you live anywhere in the Southeast, you want to come North on I-95, take 287 West around New York City, then take I-87 North. Prepare, however, for major traffic slowdowns in North Carolina, Washington D.C. and the New York City area. Plan accordingly. You will not make the time you think you will.

However, as you approach the northern edge of the Adirondacks, near the town of Elizabethtown, you'll take Route 22 to the Essex - Charlotte Ferry and cross Lake Champlain. Drive north on Vermont Route 7 and turn east on I-89. At Waterbury turn north on Vermont Route 100 to Stowe.

You'll be coming past historic towns and scenic locations and you should stop and enjoy some of them. For those coming across I-80 and I-84, at the Pennsylvania - New Jersey border, we highly recommend an overnight stop at Milford (Pa.) at the Tom Quick Inn (photo, left). This is a Norman Rockwell / Walt Disney kind of small town, everyone's idea of an ideal place to grow up. The Tom Quick is a historic inn recently restored and updated. Rooms are quaint and classy but very functional, with excellent beds, bathrooms, TV, refrigerators and wifi. 

The restaurant is outstanding, widely known in the region for its Bread, Lobster Bisque, Red Oak Leaf Salad, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Crab Cakes, Amish Chicken, various Steaks, Rabbit and locally sourced Pork Chops. They serve a fine Cider, but their signature drink is a Maple Bacon Old Fashioned. Service is professional and gracious and the ambience is pure 1950s.

And right at the edge of town is one of America's least known national parks : Delaware Water Gap.

As the top two photos and the one here at right show, this is a beautiful mix of flowing water and deep forest. It's filled with historic sites, old Revolutionary and French & Indian War battlefields, a still operating old mill, a ghost town, campsites and outstanding hiking trails. There's plenty of wildlife : Wolves, Deer, Bear, Wildcat, Moose, Fox, Pheasant, Owls, Hawks, Eagles, and a variety of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The Appalachian Trail comes through here. Short hiking trails lead to spectacular waterfalls, fly fishing waters and swimming holes. There's canoeing and horseback riding. This is a park where New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians and Jerseyites come for two week vacations. You could easily justify an extra day or two on the way to or from Vermont. This area is The Poconos, not quite the famous resort area it was back in the 20th Century, but still popular with its lodges and cabins, especially on Lake Wallenpaupak

If you're coming across New York on I-90 you should consider stopping off for the night at The Adirondacks. This is a huge 5000 square mile 1892 state park. But if it had not already been a state park, it would be a national park. This is a spectacular place, with 200 lakes, 250 mountains, an extensive network of hiking trails and canoeing rivers and lakes. It most famous landmarks are Lake Placid and Lake George. The Hudson River rises from the lakes here. There are beautiful cabins and lodges and some classic rustic motels. For 200 years people have been coming to the Adirondacks for two week vacations, and it's also popular as a Winter ski and snowshoeing resort. The Winter Olympics have been held here. The Adirondack Mountain Club maintains an extensive trail network and a series of lodges, some of which can only be reached by hiking. The Adirondacks reek of Native American and early frontier history and are a World Biosphere Reserve. They deserve a separate trip, but are a great stopoff en route to and from Vermont. Like everywhere in the Northeast, they're beautiful in Autumn colors. The Adirondacks are about four hours from Stowe.

If you're coming up I-95 and 287 we suggest a stop at Sleepy Hollow. This is a beautiful Colonial town on the Hudson River, with interesting architecture (photo, right) and a quaint downtown. Sleepy Hollow was home to many important men, but the most important was Washington Irving. Considered The Father Of American Literature, Irving was an author whose greatest work was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the famous Halloween story of The Headless Horseman. In local legend, The Headless Horseman was a Hessian soldier whose head was blown off by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. Every Halloween night he returns searching for his head. Teacher Ichabod Crane is pursuing Katrina Van Tassel, a beautiful and wealthy local girl. Van Brunt, a rival suitor, dresses as the Horseman and chases Crane through a dark forest and across a long bridge to scare him. Crane flees and is never seen again. But Brunt hears hooves on the bridge behind him and turns to see the real Headless Horseman coming after him. There are statues, pictures and memorabilia of Crane and The Headless Horseman. Sleepy Hollow is a suburb of Tarrytown, NY, where you can find lodging. West Point is nearby and worth a visit.
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