The only landlocked state in New England – Vermont more than makes up for its lack of coastline with its stunning scenery – from the famous Green Mountains’ brilliant fall foliage to its pretty inns and idyllic farms in lush valleys and rolling rivers with quaint covered bridges. It comes closer than any other New England state to fulfilling the quintessential image of small-town America, with its white churches and red barns, covered bridges and clapboard house, snowy woods and maple syrup.
Vermont is America’s sweetheart, spectacular during every season, from glowing autumn foliage to pretty spring blossoms. Explore the apple orchards, wander through farmers’ markets and stay at the romantic inns that champion farm-to-plate cuisine and organic craft beer.
Against the backdrop of the Green Mountains you’ll discover valleys that are criss-crossed with back road bicycle trails leading to quaint villages and clapboard houses. Camp under the stars or snuggle up in a lodge and watch the seasons change before your very eyes.
For Spring, Summer or Autumn holidays, Vermont offers endless hiking, biking, fishing and golf. On the other hand, during the winter Vermont boasts great skiing, snowboarding and all the winter sports you can hope for. Vermont is truly an all-season destination.
Must See Places in Vermont
Extending for 120 miles between Vermont and New York, with its northern tip in Canada, Lake Champlain lies mostly in Vermont, and draws visitors for its recreation, wildlife, and historical attractions.
With a covered bridge, white-spired church, weathered barns, and ski trails down the mountainside, Stowe is everybody’s image of Vermont. At the foot of Mt. Mansfield and in the heart of the state’s snow belt, it’s also the town that most personifies the glory days of Vermont’s early ski industry, a heritage that’s explored here in the Vermont Ski Museum.
Ben & Jerry’s
Unquestionably Vermont’s most popular tourist attraction for children, Ben & Jerry’s factory tour is a favourite experience for adults, too. On the 30-minute guided tour of the factory, you’ll watch workers as they make and package ice cream, while a guide explains the process.
Green Mountain National Forest
Vermont’s vast National Forest lies in two sections along the mountain chain that forms the state’s spine. You’ll find scenic places to picnic, trails to hike, and a world of nature.
Vermont’s deepest gorge was formed by glaciers about 13,000 years ago, and has continued to deepen by the constant action of the Ottauquechee River, which you will see flowing 165 feet below. The best place to view the gorge is from the walkway along the arched iron bridge that carries Route 4 across the top. A trail leads through the woods beside the rim to the bottom of the gorge, where you can see the lower part of it from water level.