Pleasant Valley Road: The Most Beautiful Road in Vermont
March 11, 2014
So many of Vermont’s roads, including Pleasant Valley Road, are scenic in their own unique way. On hundreds of two-lane, paved roads you’ll find gorgeous views of mountains, villages, farms, or rolling hills. Everyone has their own personal favorite—Route 100, Route 108, Route 30, Stowe Hollow Road, Peacham Road, or East Warren Road. The list goes on and on.
If I had to pick just one road in Vermont as the ultimate scenic drive, it would be Pleasant Valley Road in Cambridge.
This is a short and sweet 10-mile stretch connecting Cambridge and Underhill. Heading south from Cambridge, the road offers Vermont’s most dramatic view of Mount Mansfield. You won’t see ski trails on this side of Mount Mansfield; but this scenic route highlights a more interesting angle of the rugged contours and rocky summit of Vermont’s tallest peak.
In the shadow of Mount Mansfield along the road are barns, fields, and farms. Much of the land is undeveloped, which has preserved the area’s beauty and character.
For the best views, take Route 15 to Lower Pleasant Valley Road in Cambridge and follow toward toward Underhill. Even though it’s a quick jaunt, you won’t be disappointed.
What about you? What do you think is the best scenic drive in Vermont?
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