Near the New Hampshire border, US-2 heads across rolling rocky hills covered with forests, largely pine and birch, with a few scattered farms. This corner of the state, a recreational paradise of hills and lakes and few year-round residents, is known as the Northeast Kingdom. The road drops down into the narrow, pastoral valley of the Moose River before reaching Concord, which features a country store and a small historical society.
Fifteen miles east of Concord, along the banks of the broad Connecticut River, Lunenburg is a perfect New England village of white clapboard houses clustered around a church—Vermont specializes in this species of quaintness.
From Lunenburg, you can take a highly recommended detour across the Connecticut River on the 266-foot-long Mt. Orne covered bridge, then proceed north along Route 135, rejoining US-2 at Lancaster.