Vermont Travel Guide
- Scenic vistas and rolling hills
- New England’s ski capital
- Active travelers’ paradise, with wonderful hiking and biking trails, and dozens of state forests
- Lovely small villages with beautifully preserved homes
- Fine dining and lots of accommodation options
- Beautiful foliage season (October)
- Kid-friendly destination, with interesting museums, guided tours for kids and discounted rates for children in most places
- Scenic Lake Champlain
- Generally safe
- Maple syrup and cheddar cheese!
- Short summers and long, cold winters
- Expensive accommodation
- Lots of foggy days
- Lots of mosquitoes in the early summer
- Crowds, especially in the foliage and ski seasons
What It's Like
If there’s one word that describes Vermont, it's "scenic." Winding roads along rolling hills allow for vistas of tumbling streams, lovely villages, and thick woods. The Green Mountains, one of the main attractions in the region, offer gorgeous views, plus over 20 resorts with some of the best skiing on the East Coast.
Blink and you might miss the summer, but the beautiful foliage season (around mid-October), and the snowy winters are draw the most visitors. Skiing, biking, hiking and even canoeing are among the most popular of the long list of outdoors activities available in the region, but sitting on the front porch of a quaint inn taking in the season is also one of the best ways to experience Vermont.
Where To Stay
Stowe is probably the place to go in the winter: This small town offers some of the best slopes (for all levels) in the area, an interesting dining scene, and great accommodation options. If you’d like to combine outdoors activities with wonderful shopping, Manchester has dozens of outlet stores and superb golf courses. For a bit of history, head to Plymouth, where President Coolidge was born. Burlington is considered one of the prettiest towns in America, with an acclaimed pedestrian mall, beautiful historic buildings, and a great waterfront. Woodstock is smaller, and just as picturesque.