Getting outside for some fresh air is more important than ever in the winter months—but finding safe activities can be a challenge as winter weather hits and super cold temps linger. A great way to shake up your usual routine and get outside when it’s cold is driving! Snowy drives in New England have so much to offer—taking a short spin to explore a local scenic spot and soak up the dazzling winter beauty can be the perfect remedy to a dull winter day. Here are a few of the best places to see:
Drive the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112)
Known for being the ultimate fall foliage destination, Route 112, is an awesome spot to take in New England’s winter weather, too. You’ll climb nearly 3,000 feet traveling between Conway and Lincoln, a 30-mile trip packed with dense clusters of evergreens, rolling piles of snow, and breathtaking views of the White Mountains dripping with icicles. There are several spots along the way where you can pull off to explore trails, or just take in the view.
An active snowstorm can close down this winding mountain pass but on most days it’s is a drivable ride through the national forest.
Hike the Coffeehouse Loop in Douglas State Forest
Snowy drives inNew England are awesome—but they’re even better when they end with a scenic hike! Douglas State Forest is located in central Massachusetts. Home to Wallum Lake, this state forest has a few hiking trails that are lovely to hike even in the winter months—tails like the Coffeehouse Loop, a 2-mile loop that goes by the site of an old saw and grist mill.
Better known as Route 2, this was New England’s first official scenic highway. If you’re coming from Western Mass you can start all the way in Pittsfield and follow Route 7 North to get a peek at Mount Greylock. You can also make a quick stop in North Adams before you continue east to the Mohawk Trail State Forest in Charlemont. And be sure to stop in Shelbourne Falls on the way for a quick stretch!
Remember: You should always check state COVID-19 travel restrictions before planning any road trips, even if just for the day.
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This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated.