VERMONT TRAVEL GUIDE
Vermont is known as the Green Mountain State - known for it beautiful fall foliage, white-spired churches and covered bridges. It is the second smallest state by population so if you are looking for solitude there is no better place! Vermont is the perfect destination for outdoor lovers as there is an abundance of outdoor activities... whether you're into hiking, skiiing, kayaking or fishing, this is the place to be. Because of the state's natural beauty it is also a mecca for photographer's. Indulge in Vermont's fine cheese, craft beer and maple syrup. Plan a summer camping trip or get cozy in the winter at a bed & breakfast.
Top 5 Places To Visit in Vermont
Stowe is everybody's image of Vermont complete with a covered bridge, white-spired church and weathered barns. It is located at the foot of Mt Mansfield. You can find many great boutiques, art galleries and dining options here. Stowe Mountain Resort is one of the area's premier ski destinations but there are plenty of other outdoor activities such as bicycling or skating along the 5.3 mile recreation path through meadows or hiking the trails in the mountains.
Killington Ski Resort
Killington Mountain and Ski Resort near the town of Killington is the largest ski area on the east coast and boasts the largest vertical drop in the New England area. This resort has six peaks with a choice between wide-open groomed cruisers and narrow classic New England runs. Come and ride the 'Beast of the East"! If skiing is not your thing, the area boasts some exceptional views and offers other outdoor opportunities.
Hildene was the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest of the four sons of President Abraham Lincoln. The home was built in 1905 and represents a fine example of homes built as retreats for the families of wealthy magnates in the Georgian Revival style. The home is located at 820 Hildene Road in Manchester. Your visit here includes a video presentation in the Welcome Center and a self-guided tour of the home.
The Green Mountains extend 250 miles and are the peaks that gave this state its name. Largely covered by verdant forest, the area is a year round destination for skiiers and hikers. The Appalachian Trail crosses through the southern section of the forest and the Long Trail follows the entire length from the Canadian border to the Massachussets border. Follow the scenic roads here to discover waterfalls, campgrounds, scenic places to picnic, trails to hike, and a world of nature.
Extending between Vermont and New York, Lake Champlain lies mostly in Vermont and draws visitors for its recreation, wildlife and historical attractions. Much of its 587 miles of shoreline are undeveloped and a haven for wildlife. It is also a playground for canoeists, kayakers, and sailors. Vermont's most populous city Burlington, is situated on the eastern shore of the lake and has a variety of great restaurants to choose from and the best place to sample the fine selection of craft beers and wines of the region.
Top 5 Things To See & Do in Vermont
1. Sample apple cider direct from the farm
2. Visit Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
3. Go cheese tasting in cheese country
4. Visit Queechee Gorge
5. Go leaf peeping in the fall
Must Have Guides For Traveling To Vermont
Best Times To Visit Vermont
Summer in New England is very short and the weather usually starts to warm up in July lasting until September.
Summer's are gorgeous with daylight hours extending to about 9:00-9:30pm. Forests are lush, the sky is blue, and the clouds are fluffy and white.
You can expect mid-summer temperatures on average to be in the high 70's and low's in the 50's (fahrenheit).
This is also peak season so you can expect a lot of tourists at most destinations. Expect to pay peak season prices at hotels and restaurants and make sure you book your accommodation in advance.
Fall in Vermont and all over New England is well re-known around the world and on many a person's bucket list. And with good reason! The rolling hills light up in bright orange, magnificent yellow's and deep reds. You have never seen anything more beautiful.
Remember, this region is a hugely popular time to visit, especially in October so expect bus loads of tourists along the roads and popular viewing area's.
Fall begins sometime in September and fall foliage hits its peak around mid-October. Of course you can expect higher hotel rates and rooms to be booked well in advance.
You can expect average October temperatures to be between the high 50's and low 30's (fahrenheit). Bring warm clothing.
Winters in Vermont can either be really pretty; with white fluffy snow that blanket the woods and homes, or nasty, bringing freezing rain and sleet, making for dangerous driving conditions.
Obviously Vermont's ski area's will be very crowded with ridiculous prices. Don't forget, Vermont is known as having some of the best ski resorts on the East Coast. The resorts are especially busy during school holidays so plan accordingly.
Middle of winter temperatures on average are between the low single digits and high 20's (fahrenheit).
Spring in Vermont is usually VERY short and VERY wet. This is the state's low season so if you're after low room rates, this is the time to visit. I'm talking a third of the price in comparison with the other times of the year to visit.
Temperatures range between the high 50's and low 30's (fahrenheit). Expect muddy conditions and dirty snow.