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What to see in Vermont


In recent years, Vermont has attracted about 15 million travellers annually. The majority of these visitors are domestic tourists from other US states, and visitors from neighbouring Canada. But the loyal droves of domestic tourists are the best possible advertisement for this New England state, where the long ski season, unspoiled landscapes and small, vibrant urban centres promise wonderful holiday diversions.

Vermont's ski resorts are hugely popular: Killington is the biggest and has a frenetic nightlife which delights younger visitors, Jay Peak has a diverse offering of trails and slopes and Stowe is part modern ski resort and part quaint heritage hub, appealing to lovers of both snow and culture.

But despite the considerable draw of the slopes, Vermont's peak tourism season is summer, when a plethora of scenic and cultural attractions occupy visitors. The state is an outdoor activity paradise when the snow dries up, with wilderness areas like the vast Green Mountain National Forest and Smugglers Notch State Park promising extensive camping grounds, view points and hiking trails. Lake Champlain, a sprawling body of water which lies mostly in Vermont, attracts boaters, kayakers, and sailors as well as nature lovers keen to explore the wildlife reserves that enshrine the lakeshore.

Cultural highlights include the renowned Shelburne Museum, the quirky Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park which provides insight into Vermont's proud agricultural heritage. Speaking of agriculture, Vermont is a joy for foodies, especially lovers of fresh produce and artisanal products. The state is the maple syrup hub of the US and celebrated for its chocolates, the famous Ben and Jerry's Ice cream brand and divine cheese varieties.

There are some wonderful farmers markets in the state, arguably the best of which are Brattleboro Farmers Market and the Champlain Valley Fair. Those planning to eat their way around the state should try out the Vermont Cheese Trail and perhaps wash it down at the widely celebrated Vermont Brewers Festival.

Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum

In capturing Fort Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War, and as a militia leader, Ethan Allen secured his position as a folk hero and founder of Vermont. A man of many talents,…

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Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

Travellers can enjoy a trip out to the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury and get a chance to see how the famous treats are made and sample their mouth-watering flavours. Tours…

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With seven peaks and 73 miles (117km) of trails, Killington is the biggest winter sports resort in the eastern United States, earning it the nickname 'the Beast of the East'. Opened…

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The Stowe holiday resort was developed in the 1930s, and as the granddaddy of Vermont ski resorts, it's managed to retain a genteel atmosphere and traditional New England flavour.…

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