Traveling in Vermont
One of the smallest and least populated states in America, Vermont is located in New England and only two hours south of French Canada. The state is mostly famous in America for its small quiet towns and extremely cold weather. Despite the occasional subzero temperatures, Vermont has some of the best skiing and winter sports in the east coast. Along with its rural mountains and small towns, it’s also one of the most beautiful places in the United States. The best time to visit is Columbus Day weekend, when the autumn foliage is at its peak and most Americans have a three day weekend.
The city of Burlington may be five times larger than the state capital, but like all of Vermont in reality it’s at most a big town. In fact, if you take the largest city in every state, Burlington is at the very bottom of the list! Despite its lack of population Burlington is still a lively place. Visit the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Shelburn museum, and the famous Church Marketplace.
With only 8,000 people in Montpelier, it is America’s smallest capital right in the heart of Vermont. Being the smallest capital in the US, you can expect that there isn’t much to do in Montpelier itself! At best you can visit the state capitol building, and take a walk through its small downtown area stopping at its book stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. The most exciting attractions for ice cream lovers will be the Ben & Jerry’s factory just 10 miles up the road.
Vermont’s highest peak of Mt. Mansfield reaches just 4,393 feet (1,339 meters). Although less than a vertical mile, Mt. Mansfield’s northern location offers plenty of winter sports from snowshoeing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and of course skiing. In the summer there is plenty of backpacking and camping available, while in the fall this region of the country is one of the best places to view the changing colors.
This small historical town in the southwestern part of the state is famous for its pottery and textiles. Surprisingly it is also the location of Vermont’s tallest structure. Here you can find the Bennington Battle Monument which was dedicated to a small battle that took place during the Revolutionary War. The town is also known for six covered bridges within its border, a popular design in New England.