The Great Northern

Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”

Maple Grove Farms

Taking a scenic alternative to the I-93 freeway east from St. Johnsbury, US-2 passes over the Memorial Bridge (1943) spanning the Passumpsic River. One mile east of the bridge you’ll find the Maple Grove Farms complex. Highlights include the maple museum (free samples!) and the so-called “World’s Largest Maple Candy Factory.” Vermont is the heart of maple-sugaring territory, which runs all the way from Maine to Michigan and up into Canada. Maple Grove Farms has been in business here since 1915, and it is the largest packager of maple syrup in the United States. In front of the store, you can have your picture taken in front of the World’s Largest Can of Maple Syrup (which is, alas, empty).

Maple Grove Farms (1052 Portland St.)