Blazing autumn colors surrounding a winding road in Marlboro
Hiker taking in the view from the 1,200-meter summit of Mount Abraham in Lincoln
Lush summer foliage in Pawlet, one of the state’s 251 cities and towns
A wintry mountain scene in Stowe, Vermont
Water and mountain vistas from Lake Champlain in Burlington, the state’s largest city
Waterfall in historic downtown Vergennes, set on scenic Otter Creek
A summertime concert accented by the mountains of Stowe
A spread of artisan creations and farm-fresh food served in Jeffersonville
Biking the Millstone Trails in Barre
Overlooking the Ottauquechee River from 20 meters at Vermont Institute of Natural Science
- Major Airports:
- Burlington (BTV)
- Green Mountain State
In Vermont, nature sets the stage
Vermonters have a long tradition of respect for the land. Without billboards to get in the way, there’s more wide-open space to take in the natural beauty. Whichever direction you go, iconic New England small towns and villages, historic barns and more than 100 covered bridges dot the landscape. More than 70% of Vermont is forested, making a fall road trip a magical experience as a stunning showcase of orange, red and yellow leaves cover the hills.
While it’s easy to simply take in the scenery, your days in Vermont can be as full or unplanned as you like. Cycle back roads and mountain bike through kilometers of forested, single-track trails. Go for a run or walk in historic downtowns, through quiet villages and across covered bridges. Soak in the view from one of the state’s 67 hike-friendly peaks. Cast a line in a secluded river, paddle your way across a pristine lake, or take a dip in a clear mountain stream. In the winter, experience Vermont’s snowy wonderland, ideal for exploring on snowshoes or Nordic skis, or at an alpine downhill ski resort. Whatever the season, outdoor recreation is accessible in many forms from paved recreation paths to adaptive guide services.
Food and Drink
Between Vermont’s mountains and rolling hills are fertile valleys that support many dairy farmers, vegetable and fruit growers, and diversified agricultural operators. At Vermont eateries, dishes are a delicious homage to the contributions of those who bring the harvest of Vermont’s fields and farms to the table. Vermont has long been a leader in championing local food and boasts many award-winning artisan cheese-makers and farm-to-table restaurants. Vermont craft brewers are consistently ranked among the best in the world, with numerous cideries, vineyards and distilleries joining the tradition of excellence in the state. Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the USA, and no trip is complete without tasting a maple creemee (a rich, thick, soft ice cream). Wherever you travel in Vermont, a wide selection of fresh, local food will be a staple of your vacation as you savor the true taste of the Green Mountain State.
Artisan Shops and Cultural Heritage
Scenic drives over mountain passes and into historic villages connect you to museums, art galleries, antique shops and country stores. Visit the studios of world-class artisans and discover their creations. Tour outdoor sculpture parks and uncover public art in historic downtowns. Learn about New England’s history at well-interpreted historic sites and museums. Listen as live music fills the air at waterfront concerts, in art deco theaters and on intimate village greens. Enjoy a traditional county fair in the late summer or celebrate the fall harvest season at events throughout the state.
With the highest concentration of maple trees in the USA, Vermont also produces the most maple syrup in the country. The state makes enough on average each year to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools; that’s about 10 million liters!
Photo: Dennis Curran/Vermont Tourism
Locally owned, independent shops fill Vermont’s downtowns. Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, is not only the smallest state capital in the nation but also the only one without a Starbucks or a McDonald’s.
Photo: Ben Carpenter/Vermont Tourism
Vermont is a road tripper’s paradise. It’s 70% forested with trees painting hillsides and historic downtowns brilliant shades of crimson, orange and gold each fall. Plus, it’s one of four U.S. states that has banned billboards, making those scenic views distinctly visible.
Photo: Vermont Tourism