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VERMONT TRAVEL GUIDE

Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Vermont Ben & Jerry's Visitor Center in Waterbury, Vermont one of many "creemee" stands in Vermont

Welcome to the bigroads.com travel guide to Vermont! Hopefully this page helps provide some inspiration and tips to help you plan your next trip to Vermont.

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Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons


OVERVIEW



Just about everyone loves Vermont for one reason or another. It's a beautiful state, renown for its green forests, ski areas, waterfalls, swimming holes, and progressive cities. Just about every highway seems like a scenic highway in the state. I might just retire there.

5-STAR ATTRACTIONS IN VERMONT



Here is my opinionated list of 5-star attractions in Vermont. I believe each of these attractions should be on your Vermont bucket list since they are all noteworthy from a national perspective:

Northwestern Vermont (including Burlington, Shelburne, Stowe, and Waterbury)
Alchemist Brewery, Stowe - one of Vermont's most famous breweries
ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, Stowe - awesome aerial adventure park
Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factor Tour & Ice Cream Shop, Waterbury - home of the famous ice cream chain; don't miss the flavor graveyard
Bingham Falls, Stowe - one of the most picturesque waterfalls in New England; short but at times steep hike required
Burlington - one of America's best small cities; great waterfront, tons of parks and bicycling trails; many nearby breweries
Camel's Hump - some of the best and most challenging hiking in Vermont; Vermont's finest undeveloped alpine summit
Church Street Marketplace, Burlington - outdoor pedestrian shopping & dining mall
Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury Center - famous bakery selling all sorts of Vermont goods (e.g. cider donuts, fresh-pressed cider, etc.)
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, Enosburg Falls - a growing but already impressive outdoor sculpture park
Island Line Rail Trail / Colchester Causeway, Burlington - this is arguably Vermont's best cycling trail; views of Lake Champlain
Moss Glen Falls, Stowe - one of the best waterfalls in Vermont; a short hike with one semi-steep section is required
Mount Mansfield, Stowe - hike to the highest point in Vermont; the hike can be shortened if you drive up an auto road in season
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne - excellent working farm / educational center
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne - perhaps the finest "Americana" history museum in the U.S.; of one of my favorite museums in New England
Smugglers Notch State Park, Stowe - scenic drive with access to boulder caves, hiking trails, and remote ponds
Stowe - Vermont's most famous town; awesome skiing and hiking; surrounded by beautiful Vermont mountains
Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe - Vermont's most elite ski/snowboard resort; gondola rides in summers
Stowe Recreation Path, Stowe - attractive paved bike path that cuts through the heart of Stowe
Sunset Drive-In Theatre, Colchester - one of the last and best drive-in movie theaters in New England
Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe - famous Austrian-inspired mountain resort
Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne - store and experience selling extremely high-quality teddy bears
VT 100 Highway - Vermont's most scenic drive; drives along the spine of the Green Mountains; many attractions en route
VT 108 Highway - scenic drive from Stowe to Jeffersonville through Smuggler's Notch (open seasonally)
World's Tallest Filing Cabinet, Burlington - famous roadside attraction of a tall colorful stack of filing cabinets
Waterfront Park, Burlington - boardwalk, sailing lessons & kayak & canoe rentals; close to the tourist areas of Burlington

Northeastern Vermont (including Jay and St. Johnsbury)
Cabot Visitor Center & Tours, Cabot - tour this famous cheese factory and consume some samples
Craftsbury Outdoor Center - some of the best cross-country skiing in New England
Dog Chapel, St. Johnsbury - a dog-themed chapel; dogs are welcome here and it's pretty much heaven for them
Jay Peak, Jay - one of the best ski resorts in New England; there's also a huge indoor water park
Jay Peak Pump House, Jay - arguably the best indoor water park in New England
Lake Willoughby, Westmore - Vermont's prettiest big lake; hike up Mt. Pisgah for fantastic views
Mountain biking the Kingdom Trails, East Burke - one of the best places in the U.S. to go mountain biking

Central Vermont (including Middlebury, Montpelier, Rutland, and Woodstock)
Ascutney State Park, Windsor - awesome hiking to scenic views atop Mt. Ascutney; a hang-gliding hot spot; has a campground with lean-tos
Barlett Falls, Bristol - one of New England's most famous swimming holes; it's huge and there's room for all
Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock - working dairy farm with various animal and farming history exhibits
Camels Hump State Park - this undeveloped mountain has excellent hiking trails; the 360-degree view from the summit is amazing
Harpoon Brewery, Windsor - one of Vermont's most famous breweries
Killington Resort, Killington - the largest ski resort in Vermont, and many would say the best one too
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock - historic mansion tours and hiking trails
Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich - very good science museum with many hands-on exhibits
Moosalamoo National Recreation Area - don't miss hiking to the Falls of Lana and Silver Lake
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Montpelier - one of Vermont's most famous maple farms
Moss Glen Falls, Granville - the most photogenic waterfall in Vermont; viewable from roadside
Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury - one of Vermont's most famous breweries
Quechee Gorge, Quechee - the most famous canyon in Vermont; good views from a bridge over the canyon; several tourist shops next to it
Quechee Gorge Village Antique Mall, Quechee - my favorite antique shop in Vermont (and one of the best antique malls in New England)
Rock of Ages Visitor Center & Quarry Tours, Barre - tour the largest operating deep-hole, dimension granite quarry in the world
Simon Pearce Restaurant and Mill at Quechee - famous restaurant and home decor store in a 19th century mill that overlooks a dam/waterfall
Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock - working cheese factory and maple syrup sugar house
Sugarbush Resort, Warren - one of Vermont's best ski/snowboard resorts
Texas Falls, Hancock - short walk to scenic gorge with waterfalls
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), Quechee - 47-acre nature center with live bird programs; great for kids
Vermont Toy Museum, Quechee - one of the best toy museums in the U.S.; nostalgia runs strong here!
VT 100 / Route 100 - Vermont's most scenic drive; drives along the spine of the Green Mountains; many attractions en route
Woodstock - widely considered one of America's prettiest towns; great restaurants and shops; close to Quechee Gorge

Southern Vermont (including Brattleboro and Manchester)
Bennington Battle Monument & Museum, Bennington - 306-foot monument with an observation deck that provides views of three states
Downtown Brattleboro - historic downtown with boutique shops, art galleries, and several great restaurants
Fly-fishing near Manchester - some of the best fly-fishing in New England
Hildene, Manchester - tours of the lavish home of the son of Abraham Lincoln
Land Rover Experience, Manchester - off-roading driving in a Land Rover; this activity is offered by the Equinox Resort
Lye Brook Falls - one of Vermont's best waterfalls; moderate hike required
Manchester - has an attractive downtown area with shops and restaurants; upscale resorts; great hiking and fly-fishing nearby
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, Stratton - European-village style ski/snowboard resort; the best ski resort in southern Vermont
Vermont Country Store, Rockingham - famous and very large country store
VT 100 / Route 100, Rockingham - Vermont's most scenic drive; drives along the spine of the Green Mountains; many attractions en route

Are you aware of any other 5-star attractions in Vermont? If so, please email me at gparsons66@hotmail.com.

TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS IN VERMONT



Are you short on time or struggling to choose something to do or see in Vermont? Here are my selections for the top 10 attractions or experiences in Vermont, in no particular order:

Stay in or near Stowe and enjoy its hiking trails, paved bike path, waterfalls, shops, and restaurants
Ski Killington Resort, the largest ski resort in Vermont and one of New England's best
Drive as much of VT 100 / Route 100 as possible in early October to see prime fall foliage
Explore Burlington, one of America's favorite medium-sized cities
Visit the Shelburne Museum, an outstanding American history museum with several buildings (and a steamboat) full of exhibits
Hike a portion of the 270+ mile Long Trail
Take a factory tour at Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury
Find some of Vermont's secret swimming holes
Go mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails in East Burke
Walk around Woodstock, one of New England's prettiest towns

BEST TOWNS & CITIES TO VISIT IN VERMONT



These towns and cities in Vermont are generally regarded as the most interesting to travelers:

Brattleboro - historic downtown; boutique shops; art galleries
Burlington - hip/eclectic college-town atmosphere; skiing/snowboarding; breweries; bike paths; Lake Champlain
Manchester - historic downtown; boutique shops; art galleries; fly-fishing; Hildene (historical site tied to Abraham Lincoln)
Middlebury - historic downtown; several breweries; access to Green Mountain National Forest
Stowe - mountain scenery; hiking trails; paved bike path; breweries; skiing/snowboarding; waterfalls and swimming holes; Mt. Mansfield
Woodstock - Federal and Georgian-style homes; boutique shops; art galleries; great restaurants; close to Quechee Gorge

My favorite city in Vermont = Burlington - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 2-3 nights here
My favorite small town in Vermont = Stowe - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 2-3 nights here

If you like waterfalls, visit Stowe.
If you like breweries, visit Burlington.
If you like mountain biking, visit East Burke or any one of Vermont's ski resorts that have mountain biking trails (many do).
If you like skiing, visit Jay, Killington, Manchester, or Stowe.
If you like fly-fishing, visit Manchester.
If you like waterfalls, visit Stowe.

If I could pick only one place to visit in Vermont, I would choose either Stowe or Burlington. It's simply too difficult to pick one or the other since they are so different. Stowe is fantastic if you love the outdoors (e.g. hiking, waterfalls, etc.). Burlington is one of the best small cities in the U.S.

Click here if you'd like to see a complete list of towns and cities that I find interesting across the entire USA.

WHAT IS VERMONT FAMOUS FOR?



Here are some things that Vermont is famous or well-known for:

breweries
cheese
clapboard houses
covered bridges
fall foliage
green mountains
hippies
maple syrup / maple sugar
marble
mountain biking (e.g. Northeast Kingdom trails)
no billboards allowed on highways law
red barns
skiing/snowboarding
swimming holes
waterfalls
white churches

Click here if you'd like to explore what other U.S. states are famous for.

NATIONAL PARKS IN VERMONT



There are no national parks or national monuments in Vermont. There are some other federally-managed parks and properties though, including:

National Recreation Areas
Moosalamoo National Recreation Area - don't miss hiking to the Falls of Lana and Silver Lake
Robert T. Stafford White Rocks National Recreation Area

National Forests
Green Mountain National Forest - many of the best hiking trails in Vermont are found within this national forest

National Wildlife Refuges
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

National Historical Parks / Other National Parks & Properties
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
North Country National Scenic Trail

For more information on Vermont's national parks, visit the Vermont page of the National Park Service. For an overview of all U.S. national parks, click here.

STATE PARKS IN VERMONT



Vermont has more than 50 state parks, and they are exceptionally well-managed by the state. Many would agree that these represent Vermont's finest state parks:

Flagship / Premier State Parks:
Camel's Hump State Park, Duxbury - undeveloped state park with excellent (but challenging) hiking trails to the best mtn summit in Vermont
Mount Ascutney State Park, Windsor - great hiking trails to scenic views and waterfalls; a hang-gliding hot spot; campground with lean-tos
Quechee State Park, Quechee - Vermont's most famous canyon; trails lead up and down the river
Smugglers' Notch State Park, Stowe - narrow passage through the Green Mountains; access to great hiking and some boulder caves

Other Notable State Parks:
Jamaica State Park, Jamaica - hiking and biking trails along the beautiful West River; hike to Hamilton Falls; campground w/lean-tos
Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte - scenic views of Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of NH; small campground w/lean-tos
Underhill State Park, Underhill - great hiking trails to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, the highpoint of Vermont; small campground w/lean-tos

My favorite state park in Vermont is Smuggler's Notch State Park. Some of the best hiking trails in the state stem from this state park (such as Sterling Pond and the super-steep Hell Brook Trail to Mt. Mansfield).

There are many state parks in Vermont that are situated alongside beautiful lakes and ponds. Some of these have nice swimming beaches. I haven't listed any of these state parks in the lists above, simply because there are many of them. Branbury State Park, Elmore State Park, and Silver Lake State Park are three great parks that come to mind, but there are more.

One of my favorite things about the Vermont state parks are the campgrounds. They are some of the nicest, cleanest, and quietest campgrounds anywhere. And most offer many lean-to shelter sites, which are very popular. If you've never camped in a lean-to before, it's something you should definitely try. It takes the worst part of camping...rain...out of the equation.

To see my list of the top 100 state parks in the country, click here.

BEST WATERFALLS IN VERMONT



Vermont has several hundred natural waterfalls. Here are many of the best waterfalls in Vermont:

Northern Vermont
Bingham Falls, Stowe
Bolton Potholes, Bolton
Moss Glen Falls, Stowe

Central Vermont
Barlett Falls, Bristol
Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow
Falls of Lana, Salisbury
Glen Falls, Fairlee
Moss Glen Falls, Granville
Old City Falls, Strafford
Texas Falls, Hancock
Thundering Brook Falls, Killington
Warren Falls, Warren

Southern Vermont
Hamilton Falls, Jamaica
Lye Brook Falls, Manchester

For a listing of all known waterfalls in Vermont, visit the World Waterfall Database or the New England Waterfalls website.

BEST SCENIC DRIVES IN VERMONT



There are several excellent scenic drives in Vermont. Here are my favorites:

Auto Toll Road, Stowe - drive most of the way up Mt. Mansfield; you can continue on foot to the summit
VT 100 Highway - Vermont's most scenic drive; drives along the spine of the Green Mountains; many attractions are en route
VT 108 Highway - scenic drive from Stowe to Jeffersonville through Smuggler's Notch (open seasonally); consider hiking to Bingham Falls and/or Sterling Pond

BEST RAIL TRAILS IN VERMONT



Vermont has several great rail trails (or paths that are similar to rail trails) for cycling and walking, including:

Island Line Rail Trail / Colchester Causeway
Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
Stowe Recreation Path

For more information on rail trails in Vermont, visit the website of the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

BEST AMUSEMENT PARKS / THEME PARKS IN VERMONT



Vermont only has a limited number of amusement parks. These amusements parks include:

Jay Peak Pump House, Jay - giant indoor water park
Santa's Land USA, Putney - small holiday-themed park

For a great list of amusement parks in all the New England states, visit the Yankee Magazine website.

BEST MUSEUMS IN VERMONT



Vermont has several excellent museums. The best museums in Vermont include:

American Precision Museum, Windsor - historical machines and tools in a former armory
Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock - working dairy farm with various animal and farming history exhibits
Hildene, Manchester - tours of the lavish home of the son of Abraham Lincoln
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock - historic mansion tours and hiking trails
Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich - very good science museum with many hands-on exhibits
Rock of Ages Visitor Center & Quarry Tours, Barre - tour the largest operating deep-hole, dimension granite quarry in the world
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne - perhaps the finest "Americana" history museum in the U.S.; of one of my favorite museums in New England
Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor - world's largest marble exhibit
Vermont Toy Museum, Quechee - one of the best toy museums in the U.S.; the nostalgia will run strong here!

In my opinion, the best museum in Vermont is the Shelburne Museum. I think it's one of the finest American history museum in the U.S. At this museum, you walk through various historic buildings and a steamboat on beautiful grounds. It's a can't-miss Vermont attraction.

BEST DAY HIKES IN VERMONT



Vermont has hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and there is good hiking to be found all over the state. Here are some of the best day hikes in Vermont:

Northern Vermont (including Stowe)
Bingham Falls, Mount Mansfield State Forest, Stowe - short hike to a beautiful waterfall; hike requires descending a steep rock staircase
Camel's Hump, Camel's Hump State Park, Duxbury - several challenging trails elevate you to Vermont's best undeveloped mountain summit
Mount Elmore, Elmore State Park, Elmore - great views from a firetower (hike required)
Mount Hunger, C.C. Putnam State Forest, Stowe - moderately challenging hike to one of the best views in the state
Mount Mansfield, Stowe - the highpoint of Vermont; several challenging trails lead to the summer (most difficult = Hell Brook Trail)
Mount Pisgah, Willoughby State Forest, Sutton - stunning views of Lake Willoughby, Vermont's prettiest big lake
Sterling Pond, Smugglers' Notch State Park, Stowe - moderate hike to a beautiful remote pond
Stowe Pinnacle, C.C. Putnam State Forest, Stowe - great moderate hike to scenic views of the town of Stowe; Stowe's best moderate day hike
Wheeler Mountain, Willoughby State Forest, Sutton - stunning views from rock ledges

Central Vermont
Killington Peak, Green Mountain National Forest - hike up to scenic views on one of Vermont's 4000-footers
Mount Abraham, Green Mountain National Forest - great views from one of Vermont's 4000-footers
Mount Ascutney, Mount Ascutney State Park, Windsor - moderately hike to scenic views from a observation platform
Mount Philo, Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte - scenic views of Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of NH
Sunset Ledge, Breadloaf Wilderness - hike the Long Trail to gorgeous views; moderate rock scrambles required

Southern Vermont
Hamilton Falls, Jamaica State Park, Jamaica - moderate hike to one of Vermont's best waterfalls
Lye Brook Falls, Green Mountain National Forest - moderate hike to one of Vermont's best waterfalls
Stratton Mountain & Stratton Pond, Green Mountain National Forest - challenging day hike to scenic views and a remote pond; can be backpacked

The highpoint of Vermont is Mt. Mansfield (4,395'). Reaching this summit requires a challenging but rewarding day hike. There are several trails to the top, including trails that start from Smugglers' Notch State Park (on the east side) and Underhill State Park (on the west side). For an easier journey to the summit, you can drive the Auto Toll Road ($$) in Stowe partway up the mountain and then hike to the top from there.

BEST BACKPACKING TRIPS IN VERMONT



Vermont offers excellent backpacking opportunities. Some of premier backpacking routes in Vermont include:

Appalachian Trail (the entire 150-miles within the state or just part of it; the first 100 miles coincides with the Long Trail)
Long Trail (the entire 272-miles or one of 15 commonly defined sections of it; the first 100 miles coincides with the Appalachian Trail)
Lye Brook Wilderness near Manchester

For more information on backpacking in Vermont, visit the New England Waterfalls website.

CLASSIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN VERMONT



Vermont offers many excellent adventures, including these classics:

Backcountry skiing in Bolton Valley
Backcountry skiing in Willoughby State Forest
Backpacking the Appalachian Trail
Backpacking the Long Trail (the entire 272-miles or one of 15 commonly defined sections of it)
Backpacking the Lye Brook Wilderness / Stratton Pond
Bouldering in Smuggler's Notch State Park
Canoeing/kayaking the Connecticut River
Canoeing/kayaking the Lamoille River
Canoeing/kayaking the Missisquoi River
Canoe/kayak camping in Green River Reservoir State Park
Cross-country skiing the Catamount Trail
Cross-country skiing the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury
Cross-country skiing to the huts of the Vermont Huts Association
Cross-country skiing Timber Creek
Cycling the Island Line Rail Trail / Colchester Causeway near Burlington
Cycling the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Cycling the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
Cycling the Stowe Recreation Path
Day hiking Camel's Hump
Day hiking Mount Mansfield
Dog-sledding in Eden Mills
Driving around and searching for some of Vermont's many covered bridges
Driving around and searching for some of Vermont's many secret swimming holes
Hang-gliding in Ascutney State Park in Windsor
Hot air ballooning in Essex
Ice climbing in Lake Willoughby State Forest / Mount Pisgah
Ice climbing in Smugglers' Notch State Park
Kayaking Lake Champlain in or near Burlington
Mountain biking the Bolton Valley Resort trails
Mountain biking the Green Mountain Trails near Pittsfield
Mountain biking the Killington Resort trails
Mountain biking the Kingdom Trails & Mount Burke (in the "Northeast Kingdom" region)
Mountain biking the Mount Snow Bike Park
Rock climbing the Bolton Crags
Rock climbing Deer Leap in Killington
Sailing Lake Champlain in/near Burlington
Snowmobiling in the Northeast Kingdom
Snowmobiling in Plymouth
Whitewater rafting the West River
Whitewater kayaking the White River

Vermont is one of the best places to go mountain biking in the U.S. Many of the ski resorts offer lift-serviced trails, and the Kingdom Trails in the Northeast Kingdom are legendary.

BEST SKI RESORTS IN VERMONT



There are many excellent ski resorts in Vermont, and some are among the finest ski resorts in the eastern U.S. These ski resorts are generally considered the best in Vermont:

Premier Ski/Snowboard Resorts:
Jay Peak, Jay - 81 trails; 2,153ft vertical drop; 3,968ft summit
Killington Ski Resort - 155 trails; 3,050ft vertical drop; 4,241ft summit
Mount Snow Ski Resort - 86 trails; 1,700ft vertical drop; 3,600ft summit
Okemo Mountain - 119 trails; 2,200ft vertical drop; 3,344ft summit
Smugglers Notch - 78 trails; 2,610ft vertical drop; 3,640ft summit
Stowe Mountain - 116 trails; 2,160ft vertical drop; 3,719ft summit
Stratton Mountain - 99 trails; 2,003ft vertical drop; 3,875ft summit
Sugarbush Resort - 111 trails; 2,600ft vertical drop; 4,083ft summit

Other Notable Ski/Snowboard Resorts:
Bolton Valley - 71 trails; 1,654ft vertical drop; 3,150ft summit
Burke Mountain - 50 trails; 2,011ft vertical drop; 3,267ft summit
Mad River Glen - 45 trails; 2,037ft vertical drop; 3,637ft summit

Killington is considered by many to be the best ski resort in the state, but it can get insanely crowded on weekends and holiday weeks. I personally like Stowe Mountain the best, although I have only skied about half of the resorts you see listed above so far.

Mad River Glen feels like a million miles from anywhere and is famous for its mostly ungroomed expert terrain.

VERMONT TRAVEL TIPS



For offbeat and unique Vermont attractions, visit one or both of these amazing websites: Atlas Obscura and Roadside America

If you want to visit Vermont for the first time, and you have a full week to spend, I would consider following this plan/route (in this exact order) and visiting somewhere between July and mid-October:
Start in Burlington
Explore Burlington and Shelburne - 2-3 days
Drive this route: Take US -7 south from Burlington/Shelburne; turn left onto VT 125 and drive east to Hancock; turn left and take VT 100 north to Waterbury and Stowe. Along the way, visit the town of Middlebury and visit these waterfalls: Texas Falls, Moss Glen Falls-Granville, and Warren Falls - 1-2 days
Explore Waterbury, Stowe, and Smuggler's Notch State Park - 2-3 days
Finish in Burlington

UNIQUE / SPECIALTY FOODS TO TRY IN VERMONT



Here are some unique / specialty foods to try while you are in Vermont:

cheddar cheese apple pie
cremees (maple-flavored soft serve ice cream)
maple syrup / maple sugar

For a list of unique foods and mom-and-pop type eateries and restaurants in Vermont (or any other U.S. state), visit the Roadfood.com website.
For a list of unique foods to try in each of the 50 U.S. states, click here.
For a list of the top-rated beers to try in Vermont (or any other U.S. state), visit the Beer Advocate website.

OTHER KEY VERMONT INFORMATION



Capital = Montpelier
Major airports = Burlington
Largest cities = Burlington (45,209), South Burlington (20,770), Rutland (15,669), Essex Junction (10,854), Bennington (8,739)
Primary U.S. interstates = I-89, I-91, I-93
State highpoint = Mount Mansfield (4,395'); a challenging day is hike required; an auto-road is open seasonally and although it doesn't drive all the way to the top of the mountain, it does make the hike significantly shorter & easier)
Professional sports teams = none

Take note that in general this travel guide intentionally excluded restaurants, lodging/hotels, breweries, wineries/vineyards, and certain other types of attractions (like arcades, ax-throwing, bowling alleys, and escape rooms). These types of places tend to come and go, and keeping up with that would be too challenging. I encourage you to use Google Maps, Tripadvisor, Yelp, and other travel sites that have reader reviews to find the latest and greatest places that I haven't covered here.


Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Vermont (visible from highway VT 100)
Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Vermont (visible from highway VT 100)

Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factor Tour in Waterbury, Vermont
Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factor Tour in Waterbury, Vermont

Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont

near the summit of Camel's Hump, Vermont
near the summit of Camel's Hump, Vermont

steamship at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont
steamship at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont

camping in Vermont
many of Vermont's state parks offer these awesome lean-to camping sites, Vermont

one of many covered bridges in Vermont
one of many covered bridges in Vermont

Bingham Falls in Stowe, Vermont
Bingham Falls in Stowe, Vermont

views from the firetower in Allis State Park, Vermont
views from the firetower in Allis State Park, Vermont

bowling ball pyramid roadside attraction on VT 58 in Lowell, Vermont
bowling ball pyramid roadside attraction on VT 58 in Lowell, Vermont

Creeme Stand, Vermont
one of several awesome "creemee" stands in Vermont (this one is in Bristol)

Branbury State Park in Salisbury, Vermont
Branbury State Park in Salisbury, Vermont

Island Line Rail Trail near Burlington, Vermont
Island Line Rail Trail near Burlington, Vermont

giant stack of filing cabinets in Burlington, Vermont
giant stack of filing cabinets in Burlington, Vermont

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