Top 10 Places to Visit in Vermont
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Burlington is a college town and home to the University of Vermont. The city has many historic buildings and sites including The Richardson Building, Masocnic Temple, Unitarian Church, Howard Opera House, and Grasse Mount. Downtown Burlington is known for best museums, shopping, colleges, and outdoor recreation. Burlington Waterfront Park offers ferry crossings, excursion boats, and 12.5 mile of walking and bike path. Places to visit and family fun things to do include ECHO Leahy Center, Waterfront Park, Shelburne Museum, and Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art.
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Stowe is a popular mountain resort town and vacation destination. Known for Stowe Mountain Resort, the town is gateway to Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. It is popular for year-round outdoor recreation, art, culture, and history. Winter activities include skiing and snowboarding. Stowe Mountain Resort ski area composed of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak offers many winter activities. Summer activities in the area include hiking, biking, paddle a river, and scenic views.
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Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont is the smallest state capital in the United States with population under 8,000. The city is popular tourist attraction for its arts and music, and outdoor recreation. The Winoski River flowing though the heart of the city offers many recreation opportunities. Downtown is known for unique locally owned shops and restaurants. Places to see include Vermont History Museum, Vermont State House, Hubbard Park, and Camel's Hump.
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Woodstock is a small town known for local farms and outdoor recreational. The town is popular tourist destination for all seasons. The most popular tourist attraction of Woodstock is the Billings Farm and Museum. The Ottauquechee River flowing from the town offers many recreation activities. Winter activities include skiing and snowboarding at Suicide Six Resort.
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#5 Quechee Gorge
Quechee Gorge located along U.S. Route 4 is 165 feet deepest gorge in Vermont. It is a popular tourist attraction of Quechee State Park. The gorge was formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago. The state park offers spectacular views of the Quechee Gorge. Viewing points along Route 4 offers visitors view of the gorge and the Ottauquechee River. Whitewater kayak is the popular recreation activities of the area. During the winter cross country skiing is a popular activity.
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Manchester is a small town and popular tourist destination of Bennington County, Vermont. The town is popular for outlet stores and local businesses. Manchester is gateway to winter activities on nearby Stratton Mountain Resort. Lying between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Range to the west, Manchester offers many outdoor activities. Equinox Mountain is the highest peak of the Taconic Range. The Lye Brook Falls, highest waterfalls in Vermont is another popular attraction.
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#7 Mount Mansfield
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont with summit peaks at 4,395 feet. Located in Mount Mansfield State Forest, the mountain offers various recreation opportunities. Scenic drive on 4.5 mile toll road from the Stowe Base Lodge is a popular tourist activity. The forest includes four state parks: Little River State Park, Smugglers' Notch State Park, Underhill State Park and Waterbury Center State Park. Recreation activities in the area include hiking, boating, fishing, camping, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Stowe Mountain resort and nearby Smugglers' Notch Resort is popular for winter activities including skiing.
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#8 Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages granite quarrying located in Graniteville, Vermont is a popular tourist attraction. It features visitors center & gift shop. The center includes historic photos, exhibits, and theater showing video about the quarrying and manufacturing processes. Self guided quarry tours takes you to an overlook of the Smith Quarry. At nearly 600 feet deep, it is the largest operating deep-hole, dimension granite quarry in the world. The tour last about 40 minutes and depart at 10:15, 11:15, 1:15, 2:15, Monday thru Friday. Free admission outdoor granite bowling lane offers free family fun.
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Bennington is the most visited town in southern Vermont. The town is home to the Bennington Battle Monument, 306-foot high stone monument. The monument commemorates the Battle of Bennington during the American Revolutionary War. The observatory at 200 feet offers view of three U.S. states of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. The historic downtown is home to local businesses, museum, and art galleries. The downtown area includes many historical architecture. Other attraction include river walk on Walloomsac River, Willow Park, Grandma Moses, and Park-McCullough Historic House.
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#10 Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is a freshwater lake located on the borders of the United States and Canada. In United States, it is located in the Lake Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Ferry service available from Vermont to New York when the lake is not frozen. Lake Champlain includes over 80 islands with the largest South Hero Island and North Hero Island. Bluff Point Lighthouse, Cumberland Head Light, Isle La Motte Light, Juniper Island Light, and Split Rock Lighthouse are popular lighthouses located on the lake. Sand Bar State Park in Milton on the shore of Lake Champlain offers many recreation activities.