A travel guide to Vermont, United States of America providing Vermont tourism and travel information.
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Overview

Vermont is known for its richly forested, emerald mountains, country estates, covered bridges, and recreational activities such as skiing, hiking, and biking. The state's capital, Montpelier, is a charming city with delightful surprises around every corner. Nearby Lake Champlain has several interesting historic sites and offers cruise tours of the lake. Burlington lures visitors with the annual summer jazz festival and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory which provides tours and free samples. Vermont's iconic Green Mountains are a must-see. This area provides unlimited recreation opportunities and is most popular for the several famous ski resorts located there.

Montpelier, the state capital, is situated in the eastern part of the state and is the nation's smallest state capital.  The State House Building is one of the oldest capitals, and free tours are offered throughout the year. Montpelier is a unique city, and the gilded capitol dome is the tallest building in the city. Hubbard Park is located in the center of town, a 185-acre public recreational area featuring stunning old growth hardwood trees, miles of trails and an observation tower. The best shopping is on Main Street, where a number of galleries, boutiques and restaurants lure visitors to wander and relax. Main Street is also home to The Urban Farm, a unique expanse of greenery reserved for organic gardening devoted to feeding the hungry. The city has developed a system of paths connecting Montpelier with other nearby townships making cycling a serious form of transportation. Another fun option is the snowmobile tours that are available to explore the city and surrounding areas.  Ice skating is popular at the Civic Center Ice Arena. The town of Woodstock is nearby, named the "Prettiest Small Town In America" and home to Woodstock Resort and Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park.

Vermont is divided down the center by the iconic Green Mountains which span over two thirds of the state. The Green Mountains are a popular year-round destination for a wide range of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, skiing, and camping. Some of the top ski resorts in the country are located here, such as Sugarbush near Waitsfield and Stratton in Manchester Center. A number of charming country villages are scattered among the hills. The town of Bennington was poet Robert Frost's hometown. The Green Mountain National Forest spans 370,000 beautiful acres including 500 miles of trails leading through the woods to incredible scenic views and one trail in Gifford Woods State Parks is a passage to the Appalachian Trail. The Mad River Valley is home to the communities of Warren and Waitsfield, which offer a full range of outdoor adventures including kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and skiing. Manchester beckons fly fishermen with the famed Orvis store and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. The Green Mountain region provides the foundation for Vermont's adventurous atmosphere.


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