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Vermont Quick Facts

Uniquely Vermont: Vermont Maple Open House Weekend (held throughout the state in late March)
Must-See: the leaves turning colors in the fall
Most Unusual: Annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade & Festival in Brattleboro
Highest Point: Mt. Mansfield at 4,393 feet
Food to Try: Real maple sugar or Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from the flagship store

What to Do

1 Climb Green Mountain

2 Eat Vermont cheddar

3 Go ice fishing

4 Stay in a romantic B&B

5 Take a hike through the woods

6 Go maple sugaring


Off The Beaten Path | Vermont

 Vermont is a state filled with rich history, beautiful natural landscapes and amazing culture. When you plan your trip to Vermont there are many sights and attractions that you won't want to miss. Here are just a few of the great places you can go during your vacation in vermont.

Bragg Farm Sugar House
One of the long traditions of Vermont is making Maple Syrup. Bragg Farm is a great place to visit to learn all about how maple syrup is produced. The farm is open year-round. Visitors to Bragg Farm can walk on the maple walking trail to see the harvesting of maple sap. Of course the best part of visiting the Bragg Farm Sugar House is the wide range of maple products that you can sample and enjoy. They have maple syrup tastings and even maple flavored ice cream shop.

New England Transportation Institute and Museum
This unique Museum in White River Junction illustrates the long history and importance of transportation in Vermont's upper valley. The Museum includes history of air, rail and river transportation. The exhibits span a period of over 400 years. Visitors will have a great time learning all about transportation in Vermont through the exhibits, equipment, memorabilia and artifacts.

Vermont Covered Bridge Museum
Another important feature in Vermont's history is its covered bridges. At one point Vermont had over 600 covered bridges, today there are over 100 that remain. Visitors to this museum will learn all about the history and importance to covered bridges. These covered bridges are an important aspect of the history and culture of Vermont, and through the exhibits at the museum visitors have the opportunity to learn all about these unique pieces of architecture and engineering. The Vermont Covered Bridge Museum also has exhibits on how visitors can find Vermont's covered bridges.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
This National Park opened in 1998, and is Vermont's first National Park. The park preserves a beautiful piece of Vermont property and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing landscapes. Visitors can stop at the Carriage Barn, which is now the visitor center. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park also preserves an amazing forest. Visitors can explore the forest, which is located on the slopes of Mount Tom, on the over 20 miles of carriage roads and trails throughout the forest.

Green Mountain National Forest
This beautiful Vermont forest covers more than 400,000 acres in southwestern and central Vermont. Visitors to this forest can enjoy the combination of forestry stewardship and back-country recreation. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Long National Recreation Trail and the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail all pass through the Green Mountain National Forest.

Quechee Gorge
Quechee Gorge is located within Quechee State Park, and it is the deepest gorge in Vermont. Visitors to the gorge can look down into the gorge to see the Ottauquechee River, which flows 165 feet below the visitor viewing points. The gorge was formed over 13,000 years ago by glacial activity. The area that the park is located on, was once the recreation area for the mill that once owned the land.

Stowe Mountain
Skiers visiting Vermont should stop to enjoy the slopes at Stowe Mountain Resort this winter. The resort is located on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, boasting and elevation of 4,395 feet. Stowe Mountain has well groomed trails, good cross-country options and offers backcountry skiing. The mountain is particularly well known for the "Front Four," the four runs on the front side of the mountain, known as Goat, Starr, Liftline and National. The "Front Four" offer some of the East Coast's most challenging skiing.


Vermont | Fun and Funky Things to Do

Each state has many unique and fun destinations that you may not hear about on average, but are certainly places where visitors can have lots of fun. Here are a few of Vermont's fun and funky destinations.

New England Maple Museum, Pittsford
This entire museum is devoted to maple sugaring. The museum is filled with educational materials, history and even murals about maple sugaring. Visitors can enjoy the large collection of sugaring artifacts, watch live demonstrations of maple candy making, taste delicious maple syrup, and much more. Of course visitors can also purchase delicious Vermont maple syrup, maple products and more.

Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour, Waterbury
Ice cream lovers will not want to miss a tour of the Ben & Jerry's Factory. The guided tour takes visitors to see a film about the history of the company. Next visitors have the opportunity to see a view of the production room while learning all about the process of manufacturing ice cream. Finally, the tour ends with a chance to try the sample of the day.

Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock
Visitors to the Billings Farm have the opportunity to see an operating farm. There is also a museum that features the rural heritage of Vermont. At the farm visitors can see the animals, including sheep, cows, horses, chickens and more. The barns and calf nursery are open for visitors, and visitors can watch the afternoon milking of the herd. The Billings Farm is a great way to experience farm operation first hand.

Hope Cemetery, Barre
Barre is often called the "Granite Capital of the World," as the town historically supplied granite to the expert sculptors in the world. The town attracted many expert carvers. One place to view some amazing examples of granite sculpture is at Hope Cemetery. There are a large variety of stunning memorials throughout the cemetery.

Santa's Land, Putney
Santa's Land is a Christmas themed amusement park. Visitors to the park will enjoy the amazing variety of Christmas and Santa attractions and amusements. North Pole Village is a fun stop. Children will love visiting Santa in his home. The sweets at Santa's Sweet Shoppe are delicious. There is also an arcade, a variety of rides and slides, and many more amusements for families.

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Quick Facts Utah

Uniquely Utah: the Great Salt Lake – you’ll float higher than normal
Must-See: the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
Most Unusual: World’s largest open-pit mine (viewable from space!): the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine.  Tours are available.
Highest Point: Kings Peak, 13,528 feet
Food to Try: the fresh tortillas in Salt Lake’s La Frontera restaurants

What to Do

1 View the dinosaur bones at Dinosaur National Monument

2 Walk through Temple Square to see the holiday lights

3 Go mountain biking on the slickrock in Moab

4 Do some golfing in St. George

5 Ski in Park City

6 Take the Heeper Creeper sightseeing train

7 Walk on the salt flats


Off the Beaten Path | Utah

Many people believe that Utah holds the greatest number of natural wonders of any state in the U.S.  It certainly has some incredible national parks, stunning mountain ranges, and breathtaking desert scenery.  Here are just a few of Utah's greatest sights.

St. George

St. George is a city that is full of culture and history, it is also one of the larger cities in southern Utah. It is also a great gateway to many of southern Utah's treasures. St. George was founded by Brigham Young in 1861. The city is full of historic buildings, one of these is the St. George Temple. The city also has eleven nearby golf courses, great for golf enthusiasts. One the edge of town visitors can even find some dinosaur footprints. Within an easy distance of town visitors can find Snow Canyon State Park with its canyon and volcanic cones, as well as Sand Hollow Stat Park where visitors can dirt bike on the sand dunes. Zion National Park is also nearby, as is Bryce Canyon National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. After visitors have had their fill of the culture and history in the city of St. George there are all sorts of recreational activities including camping, boating, hiking, fishing, golfing and rock climbing.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of Utah's most beautiful destinations. The park preserves many sandstone arches, created through millions of years of exposure to the elements. Visitors can explore Arches National Park by car, there are many paved roads and viewpoints. A car tour of Arches National Park is a great way to enjoy many of the parks amazing vistas and arches. The park also offers opportunities to get even closer to the most amazing arches in the park, visitors can even hike out and stand beneath the Delicate Arch. For an even better understanding of the parks features visitors can make reservations for one of the parks Ranger-Led Programs. The Fiery Furnace Tours are especially popular, and the program offers a more difficult hike too.

Heber Valley Historic Railroad

This train, also called the Heber Creeper Train dates all the way back to 1899. It was a train that served the pioneers who first settled in the valley. Today vintage coaches pulled by vintage steam locomotives and vintage diesel electric locomotives, across some of Utah's beautiful scenery. Over 95,00 people ride the 16 miles rail line each year. A round-trip on the train takes about three hours, during these three hours riders can see a variety of wildlife, Mount Timpanogos, the Cascade Mountains, Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir and much more. The railroad also has special trips held during different times during the year, including the Haunted Canyon Train during the month of October and the North Pole Express. From the end of November through December riders of the Heber Valley Historic Railroad can make reservations for the North Pole Express to drink hot chocolate, see elves and santa while enjoy the classic Christmas tale.

Moab

Moab is a great destination for recreation enthusiasts. There are plenty of areas to enjoy mountain biking including the Slickrock Trail. Moab is also a great spot to go white-water rafting on the Colorado River. Visitors to Moab will also find plenty of off-roading and rock-climbing. The town has much to offer its visitors as well, from fine dining to enjoying a spa day. The city also has a large number of annual events to delight the residents and visitors.

Antelope Island

Antelope Island is the perfect place to view the Great Salt Lake. It is the largest of the Lakes nine islands and it is part of the Utah State Park System. Visitors can reach Antelope Island by boat or by crossing the causeway that extends west from the Layton area. The islands white sand beaches are perfect for sunbathing and plenty of beach recreation. Antelope Island also has plenty of hiking trails and biking options on its 28,000 plus acres. Throughout these many acres visitors can see a wide variety of wildlife while recreating, the island has the antelope which it was named for as well as a magnificent herd of American Bison which is managed by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.

Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch

This area is one of the best hiking destinations in Utah. Buckskin Gulch is the longest tributary to Paria Canyon. Paria Canyon is a long and narrow canyon that offers a challenging and interesting hiking experience. There are a number of hiking options in the area. If hikers want to hike in the canyon they should know that there is no trail, they simply have to follow the canyon to its end. The canyon is long with tall sheer walls, and it is very narrow at points a person can stand in the middle and touch both walls. For miles there is no exit from the canyon, hikers simply have to follow the canyon to its end. Hikers should be aware that hiking this canyon presents a danger of flash flooding. However, it is still a great hike, hikers can see a wide variety of birds and wildlife will wading throughout the muddy waters and many river crossings in the canyon.

Green River

Utah's Green River is a great place to enjoy white water rafting. The river runs from Flamingo Gorge National Recreation Area near Vernal to Dinosaur National Monument. It passes through some very remote landscapes and it meets with the Colorado River at Canyonlands National Park. There are several sections of the river that have good rapids and excellent options for kayaking and canoeing. The river passes through areas with unique geology, parts of the American Frontier and even Native American ruins. Rafting enthusiasts have a wide variety of options for rafting trips of different skill levels. The Green River Daily is a short trip on the lower part of the Gray Canyon, the nine mile stretch has seven mild rapids. The Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons is a great spot for canoeists, with stunning scenery and calm water. This stretch is 100 miles of peaceful waters, and if the run is timed right visitors can even watch the Crystal Geyser erupt. Desolation Canyon and Lodore Canyon, which is one of the most scenic trips with three of the best rapids on the river, are also great rafting options.


Utah | Fun and Funky Things to Do


Utah is a state filled with a rich history and beautiful natural features. For those travelers seeking some unique, fun and quirky attractions here are some of the truly unique sights to be seen in Utah. Some of these sighs celebrate the history of the state, some are unique natural features and some are just fun.

Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats are one of Utah's most unique natural features. The landscape, which covers over 30,000 acres are completely flat, dazzling white and barren. It is said that when gazing out over the flats you can almost see the curve of the planet. Visitors come from around the world to see this amazing landscape, and it is also popular for high speed auto racing. During your visit be sure to follow the rules laid out by the Bureau of Land Management to preserve this truly unique spot.

Gilgal Sculpture Garden, Salt Lake City
This excellent sculpture garden is located in the middle of a city block, behind the surrounding buildings. Today it is a public park open to visitors daily. Throughout the park there are 12 unique sculptures and over 70 engraved stones. For visitors looking to find some truly unique art in a secluded location, the Gilgal Sculpture Garden is truly one of Salt Lake's hidden treasures.

Bingham Canyon Mine

Visitors to Utah should all stop to admire the world's largest man-made excavation. This mine is over 2 miles accross and 3/4 mile deep. Visitors can stop at the visitor center from April through October to learn all about Kennecott Utah Copper's mine and see the amazing view of the gigantic hole in the ground. This mine is so big that it can be seen from outer space.

Moqui Cave
Moqui Cave in Kanab is a great place to learn about the history of the people's of Southern Utah. Visitors to the cave can also see artifacts, fossils, dinosaur tracks and a great collection of fluorescent rocks. This whole museum is located within the sandstone cave, so visitors can learn about history and enjoy Utah's interesting natural features.

St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has played an extremely important role in the history of Utah. The St. George Utah Temple is the first operating temple, which was dedicated in 1877. Visitors can stop at the St. George Utah Temple Visitors' Center to learn about the history of the Temple. The temple is not open to visitors, but visitors can stop at the Visitor Center for a free tour, to walk through the grounds and look at the beautiful white temple.

 

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