Vermont is equal parts myth and reality, home to a mystique that other states can only envy. It is a state in the northeastern United States, known for its natural landscape, which is primarily forested. A mere mention of its name and images appear: sunlit meadows of black-and-white cows, dazzling white ski trails, tidy hillside farms, blazing red maple trees along a stone wall, covered bridges, buckets collecting sap for maple syrup.

Part of the New England region, it\’s also known for being home to more than 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges, and as a major producer of maple syrup. Thousands of acres of mountain terrain are crossed by hiking trails and skiing slopes. Spring and summer offer a plethora of festivals and outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking. Yep, Vermont’s got it all. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Vermont:

1. Burlington

The residents of Burlington are dedicated to environmental stewardship and it shows. Like-minded visitors will enjoy biking the Greenway (also called the Waterfront Bike Path), a forested corridor that runs the entire length of the city. The town is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, so there are plenty of water activities to burn off those calories. The four-block pedestrian mall known as Church Street Marketplace hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year.

2. Stowe

The lively town of Stowe is an ideal destination in all four seasons, but attracts a large number of visitors each winter to the highly popular Stowe Mountain Resort. The looming Mount Mansfield is the highest point in Vermont, perfect for visitors who enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Stowe is breathtakingly beautiful year-round, world famous for its vibrant fall foliage, rolling green hills in summer and cozy, snow-covered winters. Over 20 feet of annual snowfall allow visitors to ski and snowboard November through April.

3. Killington Resort

Surrounded by the majestic Green Mountains and blessed with an abundant natural snowfall, winter is a popular season to visit the town of Killington in Vermont’s Rutland County. When white powdery snow swathes the landscape and the mountains become streaked with white and silver, that’s when the ski resort town turns into a winter wonderland of excitement. A myriad of winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, tubing etc. will delight the children and thrill the adults. There\’s plenty to do off the mountain including tubing, dinner excursions to the Ledgewood Yurt, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, spa treatments, shopping and more than 100 restaurants and bars in the region.

4. Shelburne

Shelburne is a suburb of Burlington, the largest city in the state of Vermont. Shelburne\’s town center lies approximately 7 miles south of Burlington\’s city\’s center. It is home to many popular tourist attractions and special events, which draw thousands of visitors each year. The most popular local attractions are the Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory.  Other special events include concerts, biathlons, triathlons, fireworks, parades and various year round festivals.

5. Woodstock

Woodstock has been a popular tourist destination for years – giving them plenty of time to perfect the quintessential Vermont experience.  The town easily combines charming and upscale to provide the escape that you need with all the amenities attached.  The boutique and antique shopping is among the best in the state, the dining options are incredible, and the entertainment is almost endless.  If you’re looking for the classic New England getaway, then this is it. There are dozens of cozy bed-and-breakfasts as well as luxury resort accommodations.

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