Whether you are just driving through or are planning a visit to the Green Mountain State, use this Vermont tourism guide to help you find some fun and exciting things to do on your travels. Home to some of the best ski resorts in the country, Vermont also offers a variety of attractions and activities for tourists year round. Whether you decide to kayak on Lake Champlain or take a tour of one of the most popular ice cream factories in the world, you won’t have a hard time finding something you’ll enjoy in Vermont.
Burlington, Vermont With a number of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, specialty stores, tattoo parlors and markets, as well as a quiet waterfront park, Burlington has something to offer everyone. Located on Lake Champlain, the city is home to three colleges: the University of Vermont, Burlington College and Champlain College. You can enjoy a relaxing stroll by the lake along the boardwalk or picnic on the green lawns throughout the park. Kayaking, boating and wind surfing can be enjoyed on the lake as well. The Church Street Marketplace is a popular pedestrian mall spanning four blocks, lined with unique boutiques, art galleries, outdoor eateries and bars. In the evenings, live music can be enjoyed in the square.
Stowe, Vermont Home to Vermont’s highest mountain, Mount Mansfield, and an average snowfall of 22 feet per year, Stowe is one of Vermont’s premier ski resorts. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are popular winter activities. Just outside of town you can also find the Trapp Family Lodge. The Von Trapp family, the inspiration for the film “The Sound of Music,” moved to Stowe in the early 1940s after the Nazis began invading Austria. They chose the location for their home due to the remarkable resemblance the mountains had to the Austrian hillsides. The original home suffered a devastating fire in 1980 but was rebuilt and is now a popular vacation getaway. The lodge is situated on over 2,000 acres in the mountains. The views from the property are absolutely breathtaking.
Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury, Vermont Just outside of Stowe in the town of Waterbury you will find the mecca for ice cream lovers the world over. Originating from a small gas station in Burlington in 1978, Ben & Jerry’s has become one of America’s most beloved ice cream makers. The factory gives tours daily for a fee of $3 and a sample of some of their more creative flavors, such as Chubby Hubby, Phish Food and Cherry Garcia is provided at the end. On the tour, you will see a movie on the history of the company and get to witness the production of their delicious desserts.
Chapel of the Dog in St. Johnsbury, Vermont Atop a hill aptly named Dog Mountain in the town of St. Johnsbury sits a chapel dedicated to man’s best friend. Created by the late artist Stephen Huneck, the chapel was built as a place for pet owners to remember and appreciate their dogs. The walls of the chapel are covered from ceiling to floors with pictures and handwritten notes written to the four legged friends who have passed on. Next door, you can find a gallery and gift store with memorabilia and dog artwork created by Huneck.
The Old Constitution House in Windsor, Vermont In 1777, just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, delegates from the state of Vermont drafted the first constitution in the new nation that would completely abolish slavery, institute a public school system and give men the right to vote without having to own land. The constitution was adopted at this home, which is also known as “the birthplace of Vermont.” The Old Constitution House has been restored and each room reflects the period of when the building was used as a tavern. The house is open to the public from May to October on Saturdays and Sundays. The price of admission is $2.50.
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