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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN VERMONT


Moss Glen Falls, Granville Ben & Jerry's Factory, Waterbury Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Vermont!

Vermont keeps things pristine better than most states do. You'll find many of the best swimming holes in the country, over 100 covered bridges, hundreds of waterfalls, as well as a fascination with maple syrup and cheese. The highways are beautiful too, enhanced by the fact that the state cares enough to completely ban highway billboards (why can't all states do this?). A lot of Vermont is off the beaten path (Vermonters tend to want to keep it that way), so make sure you do a lofty amount of research before visiting.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Vermont. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Factory Tour / Ice Cream Shop / Farm Waterbury home base for the famous ice cream chain; factory tours & flavor graves
Billings Farm & Museum History Museum / Living History Museum Woodstock family-friendly exhibits & demonstrations about traditional farm life
Bingham Falls Waterfalls / Swimming Hole Stowe one of the most picturesque waterfalls in New England
Burlington Bike Path Bike Path / Rail Trail Burlington this is perhaps Vermont's best bike trail; views of Lake Champlain
Cabot Visitor Center & Tours Factory Tour / Cheese Shop Cabot tour this famous cheese factory and consume some samples
Camels Hump State Park State Park / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Multiple towns this undeveloped mountain has excellent hiking trails
Catamount Trail Cross-Country Skiing Multiple towns famous 300-mile cross-country ski trail
Church Street Marketplace Shopping Burlington outdoor pedestrian shopping & dining mall
Harpoon Brewery Breweries / Brewery Tours Windsor good brewery tours; events throughout the year (incl. summer BBQ)
Hildene Historic Home Tours / Hiking Trails Manchester lavish home of the son of Abraham Lincoln
Jay Peak Skiing / Snowboarding Jay one of the best ski resorts in New England; huge indoor water park
Killington Resort Skiing / Snowboarding / Mountain Biking Killington the best & largest ski resort in Vermont
Long Trail, The Hiking Trails Multiple towns 272-mile trail that can be backpacked or day hiked
Montshire Museum of Science Science Museum / Children's Museum Norwich very good science museum with many hands-on exhibits
Moss Glen Falls (Granville) Waterfalls Granville most photogenic waterfall in Vermont; viewable from roadside
Mount Mansfield Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / State Highpoint Multiple towns hike to the highest point in Vermont; short walk if you use auto road
Shelburne Farms Farm Shelburne excellent working farm / educational center
Shelburne Museum History Museum Shelburne perhaps the finest "Americana" history museum in the U.S.A.
Smugglers Notch State Park State Park / Hiking Trails Stowe scenic drives, backcountry ponds, boulder caves and hiking trails
Stowe Mountain Resort Skiing / Snowboarding / Mountain Biking Stowe Vermont's most elite ski/snowboard resort; gondola rides in summers
Stowe Recreation Path Bike Path / Rail Trail Stowe attractive bike path that cuts through the heart of Stowe
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort Skiing / Snowboarding Stratton European-village style ski/snowboard resort
Sugarbush Farm Shopping / Cheese Shop / Farm Woodstock working cheese factory and maple syrup sugar house
VT 100 / Route 100 Scenic Drive Multiple towns Vermont's most scenic drive; drives along the spine of the Green mtns
Waterfront Park Shopping / Sunset Viewing Burlington boardwalk, sailing lessons & kayak & canoe rentals

Moss Glen Falls, VT Route 100, Granville
Moss Glen Falls, VT Route 100, Granville

Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour & Store, Waterbury
Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour & Store, Waterbury

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Bingham Falls, Stowe
Bingham Falls, Stowe

summit of Camel's Hump, Camel's Hump State Park
summit of Camel's Hump, Camel's Hump State Park

steamboat Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
steamboat Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

most of the Vermont state parks that have camping offer exclusive-use lean-tos
most of the Vermont state parks that have camping offer exclusive-use lean-tos

Smuggler's Notch
trail sign at the Smuggler's Notch ski area

Taftsville Covered Bridge, Taftsville
Taftsville Covered Bridge, Taftsville

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Vermont that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
Ascutney State Park State Park / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Ascutney
Auto Toll Road Scenic Drive Stowe
Battenkill River Fly Fishing Multiple towns
Bennington Battle Monument Monument / Observation Deck / Scenic Views Bennington
Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Multiple towns
Magic Hat Brewing Company Breweries / Brewery Tours South Burlington
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks Shopping Montpelier
Quechee Gorge Waterfalls / Canyon Quechee
Rock of Ages Factory Tour Barre
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Factory Tour Shelburne
VINS Nature Center Animal Sanctuary Quechee

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