Vermont is a state in the northeastern U.S. known for its natural landscape, which is 75% forest. It’s also known for being home to over 100 19th-century covered bridges, and as a major producer of maple syrup. Thousands of acres of alpine terrain make it a popular New England winter destination for skiers and snowboarders.
There are many Vermont attractions throughout the state for tourists & residents to visit. Attractions can include historical places, monuments, museums, state parks & forests, theme parks, fairgrounds, theaters, and more.
Restored historic buildings and the collections they house at this open-air museum reflect Vermont’s rich history and America’s folk and fine art traditions. You can explore a round barn; the lake steamer SS Ticonderoga (now on dry land); a lake lighthouse; a barn filled with vintage carriages and wagons; a print shop; and collections of carved decoys, American quilts, handmade hatboxes, hooked rugs, and trains, in a bucolic village setting among manicured gardens.
In contrast to the simple farms represented at the museum, you can glimpse an entirely different kind of farming in New England at nearby Shelburne Farms.
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont. The mountain gets its name because when viewed from the east its summit ridge resembles the profile of a human face, and the names of its prominent features reflect this: Adams Apple, Chin, Nose and Forehead. For about 2.3 miles (from the Adams Apple to the Forehead) the Long Trail is almost constantly above tree line, the only such long stretch of alpine zone in Vermont.
Mount Mansfield is the most frequently visited mountain in Vermont. Mount Mansfield is one of two places in Vermont where Arctic Tundra can be found; the other place being Camels Hump. There are about 200 acres of Arctic Tundra on Mount Mansfield; Camels Hump only holds a few acres.
Church Street Marketplace
The Church Street Marketplace is an uncovered outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining mall in Burlington, Vermont, consisting of the four blocks of Church Street between Main and Pearl Streets. The mall was initially conceived in 1958 and was built in 1980-81 to a design by Carr & Lynch of New York City. It encompasses about 86 storefronts and is managed by the Church Street Marketplace Commission.
Major retailers include five national chain stores as well as local retailers of clothing, home-wares, books, and other goods. It is the site of festivals throughout the year. Events such as the South End Art Hop and public galleries such as The Firehouse Gallery and Pine Street Art Works provide a forum for the visual arts. The marketplace is also home to dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
With a covered bridge, white-spired church, weathered barns, and ski trails down the mountainside, Stowe is everybody’s image of Vermont. In the heart of the state’s Snow Belt.
It’s not all about skiing; you’ll find shops and boutiques, art galleries, dining, and lodging of all sorts. You can rent bicycles to ride, or you can walk or skate along the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path, a paved multi-use route through meadows and woods alongside the river, with beautiful views of Mt. Mansfield. Stowe Mountain Resort is still one of New England’s premier ski destinations, and the gondola that carries skiers in the winter takes sightseers to the summit for more views in the summer and fall.
Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the president, visited Manchester shortly before his father’s assassination. He returned to build the Georgian Revival Hildene as his country estate. Hildene represents an example of homes built as retreats for the families of wealthy and is furnished with a number of pieces from Mrs. Lincoln’s family. Personal belongings of President Lincoln include his famous stovepipe hat. Other highlights are the thousand-pipe 1908 Aeolian organ, in working condition, and the elegant dining room furnished in Queen Anne style. The home remained in the Lincoln family until 1975, thus preserving the original furnishings and memorabilia. The formal gardens on the terrace overlooking the broad valley have been restored from records of original plantings.
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Bennington Battle Monument and Museum
The 306 foot monument features an observation deck with views of three states. You can bypass the monument’s 412 steps by taking an elevator to the top for views.
On the grounds at the Monument are a number of additional monuments. The largest is the heroic figure of Seth Warner, commander of the Green Mountain Boys who helped defeat the British forces in the Second Engagement of the Battle; cut from granite, the monument was donated in 1910 by Colonel Olin Scott. Also prominently displayed is a large granite boulder with a bronze tablet, which was placed in honor of General John Stark and the 1,400 New Hampshire men who were involved in the Battle; this was donated by the Citizens of New Hampshire in 1977. In 2000 John Threlfall donated to the Monument a bronze statue of General John Stark. This statue was cast from a plaster model executed in 1889 by American sculptor Jon Rogers. Stark is in a heroic pose, stepping forward with an outstretched arm pointing towards the approaching British. A number of other memorials are on the grounds around the main monument. The Monument Gift Shop offers a fine selection of quality merchandise.
The nearby Bennington Museum is best known for its extensive collection of works by primitive folk artist Grandma Moses, along with her schoolhouse painting studio. The museum is also especially strong in its collections of Bennington pottery, furniture, toys, American glassware, and Victorian quilts. You’ll also find fine art and artifacts from the colonial and Civil War periods.
Vermont’s deepest gorge was formed by glaciers about 13,000 years ago, and has continued to deepen by the constant action of the Ottauquechee River, which you will see flowing 165 feet below. The best place to view the gorge is from the walkway along the arched iron bridge that carries Route 4 across the top. A trail leads through the woods beside the rim to the bottom of the gorge, where you can see the lower part of it from water level. Close to the gorge, also on Route 4.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
The only National Park to concentrate on land stewardship in America incorporates both a working farm and a Victorian mansion on the hill above, set in formal gardens designed by several foremost landscape architects. Both rail magnate Frederick Billings, and later, the Rockefellers were dedicated to land conservation and used this property to put it into practice. At the farm, you can tour the home of the farm manager with its downstairs dairy, visit cows in the barn, and tour a museum filled with lively exhibits on farm and rural life. Tours of the Rockefeller home and grounds include themes of gardening, forestry, and their relationship to conservation.
Visitors can take guided tours of the 19th century George Perkins Marsh Boyhood Home, which includes displays of landscape paintings, highlighting the influence painting and photography had on the conservation movement. The gardens have also been restored.
Rock of Ages Quarry and Hope Cemetery
Granite quarries were founded at Barre after the War of 1812 and are still operating today. You can visit the Rock of Ages quarry, a staggering hole in the earth, and at 550 feet wide, a quarter mile long, and 450 feet deep, the world’s largest quarry. Barre granite’s exceptionally fine grain makes it the preferred stone for finely detailed durable outdoor sculpture, such as monuments and architectural detail. While there, along with touring the quarry and workshops, you can sand-blast your own granite souvenir and go bowling on what is believed to be the world’s only outdoor granite lane.
Barre drew expert stone workers and carvers, many from Italy, you can find their work in public sculptures and in Hope Cemetery. This is filled with elaborate carvings by early-twentieth-century stonecutters, highlighted by some remarkably lifelike sculptures, and by symbols of employment or favorite pastimes: a soccer-ball, an oil truck, or an outdoor scene with a fishing rod.
Ben & Jerry’s
Vermont’s most popular tourist attraction for children, Ben & Jerry’s factory tour is a favorite experience for adults, too. On the 30-minute guided tour of the factory, you’ll watch workers as they make and package ice cream, while a guide explains the process. On days when the factory is not operating, you’ll still see inside it, but a movie will show it in action. Of course a sample of the day’s flavor is included, and you can sample more flavors before choosing your favorite at their scoop shop. The gift shop sells B&J goods, and you can take ice cream with you in insulated carriers. Be sure to visit the Flavor Graveyard.
Things to Do In Vermont
Every year, Vermont Maple Producers collect sap from sugar maple trees and boil it down, creating pure Vermont maple syrup and other maple products. Visit a sugar house during maple sugaring season.