Driving east from the quaint Vermont town of Woodstock on U.S. Route 4 is the Quechee Gorge. A hundred and sixty-five feet deep, this is the deepest gorge in Vermont and considered by many to be its greatest natural wonder.
Carved by an ice sheet 13,000 years ago, the gorge is a popular tourist attraction and the Ottaquechee River which runs through it is a favorite with white water rafters and kayakers.
The gorge can be viewed from the bridge, but if you want to take a longer look, there is ample parking at the Quechee Gorge Visitor's Center.
Picnic benches overlook the dam. Grab a snack at one of the nearby food stands or enjoy a picnic lunch in the crisp fall weather.
At the opposite end of the gorge from the dam, you can walk out onto rocks and look back at the bridge. Signs warn that if the dam releases water, it will come quickly, so explore at your own risk.