Although geographically small in size, Vermont is big on scenery and tour options. In Northern Vermont, attractions abound in the Lake Champlain Valley and here you will find the most populated city in the state, Burlington, VT. With less than 40,000 people, Burlington is also the smallest U.S. city to be the largest city in its state. On the opposite side of Vermont, explore the Northeast Kingdom, reachable in less than two hours from Burlington. This 2,000 square-mile region showcases some of the state’s most rural, spectacular blend of mountains, valleys and lakes. St. Johnsbury is the gateway city to this region. When traveling between Burlington and the Northeast Kingdom, visit the quintessential villages of Waterbury and Stowe where you will find the highest peak in Vermont, Mt. Mansfield, reaching 4,393 feet.
The heart of Vermont is truly showcased in this central region. When it comes to connection to landscape, Vermonters represent an appreciation for agriculture and sustainability, and using our valuable resources to produce everything from cheese and ice cream, to maple syrup, beautiful wood products and of course the famous granite industry in Barre. The people, products and politics are focused here on everything local. Whether you are visiting the State House in Montpelier to learn about the citizen legislature, or visiting Morse Farm to hear the maple story from sap to syrup, you will experience why the people are the true heart of Vermont. The attractions in this region showcase some of the best storytellers in the state, and you will certainly find plenty to do in this region alone, or you can use Central Vermont as your lodging base to explore the entire state.
Southern Vermont is all about showcasing beautiful scenery while connecting visitors to the rich history of the region. Marvel at the sweeping views of the Battenkill River Valley and the Taconic and Green Mountain Ranges at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, or take a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mount Snow. In Bennington, experience Revolutionary War history at the Bennington Battle Monument, and then make sure to stop at Bennington Potters to enjoy the historic buildings and handcrafted pottery in Potters’ Yard. Travel the Molly Stark Byway from Bennington to Brattleboro named one of the “Best Small Towns in America”, and get to see how Vermonters live.