Basically all the various routes will take about 5 hours - give or take 10 - 15 minutes. Google maps gives 3 possible routes:
Stowe - Montreal - Kingston is the fastest as you're driving most of the route on a major multi-lane highway. Note that google map link above includes the by-pass (Autoroute 30) around Montreal so you're not going through the city.
The other two routes are secondary two-lane highways through the US. Pretty - but not as fast.
Well... since you asked for "shorter" :
Is about 10 miles shorter than the Montreal Freeway route.... and arguably by far the most scenic (right through Lake Placid and the Adirondacks). It is however about an hour longer, primarily due to the myriad of towns and traffic lights....Edited: 6:38 pm, July 26, 2014
This is the link I tried to post above...
Sorry... new to this google maps short URL concept... Its your fault for getting me into it PHPR :)
LOL... practice makes perfect TravelinMan314!
I have taken that route, and it is very scenic ... but slow... also rather unpopulated as I recall... I have a vague memory of the Deliverance soundtrack running through my head...
#3 route is the slow route and scenic, extend it by crossing into Canada on the ferry at Wolf Island and you will arrive downtown Kingston. Pretty New England villages.
Also no waiting at customs, it's a small port of entry with just a few cars at a time off the ferry.
A great suggestion from Bonjours... it is a.. uh.. unique border crossing to say the least. That would turn the route into this:
I've driven all of the roads described above.
What it comes down to is this... quick freeway route through Montreal... or carve 2 extra hours out of your life for some unique scenery and cool stories.
Lifes a journey... not a destination... :)
Thanks for all the responses. Difficult choices but think I will probably have take an extra 2 hours for some scenic views.
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