Traveling between New York, New York and Burlington, Vermont? Don't bother flying. Driving is unlikely to cost you more in money or time (a gas tank and 5 hours, respectively).
Take the trip in autumn and you'll get the eye-popping benefit of seeing the Vermont landscape transformed into a technicolor quilt of butterscotch yellow, burnt orange, and maple red.
Let yourself veer off course and off schedule on the way and you're likely to discover restaurants offering seasonal food sourced locally--such as 3 Squares Cafe in Vergennes.
Ten miles north, take a right for Mount Philo. The vista from the parking area looks like something Thomas Kinkade might rip off.
Save a snack for later by picking a basket of fruit at Shelburne Orchards.
And finally, make your adventure a loop by taking the Lake Champlain Ferry from Burlington to New York's Adirondack Mountains.