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 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.
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.