The state of Vermont in the USA has a lot of family-friendly attractions and activities. It is popular for outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and skiing.
Here are my top 10 things to do in Vermont:
1. Visit Shelburne Museum
Shelburne Museum is located about nine miles south of Burlington. It is a spectacular open-air museum displaying the vast collection of Americana artefacts of Electra Havemeyer Webb and her parents. Almost forty old buildings take you back in time and around New England. About 150,000 objects are showcased in these buildings. It’s totally impressed. There is a round barn, covered bridge, lighthouse, train station and a side-wheeler steamship.
2. Tour Ben & Jerry’s Factory
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield started their ice cream company in an old gas station in Burlington in 1978. The factory is a bit different now, bigger and relocated to Stowe. You can tour the factory, see how the world-famous ice cream is made and taste some of the newest flavours.
3. Hike the Long Trail
The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States. If you like hiking then this is one of the top things to do in Vermont. It runs for 272 miles (438 kilometres) from the southern border of the state all the way to Canada. Leading you over most of the major summits of the Green Mountains, it is a fantastically scenic trail.
4. Have a Meal at the Von Trapp Lodge
After the Von Trapp family – famous from The Sound of Music – left Austria, they settled in Vermont. The family turned their house into a 27-ski lodge. Nowadays the Von Trapp lodge has been rebuilt and expanded and facilities include a gym, mountain biking trail, restaurant, maple sugaring and much more.
5. Nightlife in Burlington
With a population of more than 40,000, Burlington is by far Vermont’s largest city. It is also home to a university and two colleges. This results in a young and progressive population and a healthy nightlife. Especially the area around Church Street is well-known for its bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
6. Visit the Vermont Country Store
The Vermont Country Store in Weston is an enormous country store selling anything from clothes and toys to beauty products and local foods. My favorite thing to do there is walking around in the food section and sampling all kinds of different cheeses, meats and dips.
7. See Quechee Gorge
Quechee Gorge is located in Quechee in eastern Vermont. It is a 163-ft-deep ravine cut out by a stream. You can see it from a bridge or walk down on footpaths from the car park.
8. Go Skiing in Stowe
Stowe is without a doubt the winter sports capital of Vermont. The Stowe Mountain Resort lies near Mount Mansfield – Vermont’s highest mountains – and Spruce Peak. There are ski trails for beginners and the famous Front Four trails offer challenges to even the most experienced skiers. You can also visit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.
9. Things to Do in Vermont, Visit a Working Sugarhouse
Say Vermont and you think maple syrup. This sticky orange semi-fluid sugar is probably the biggest export product of the state. It is absolutely delicious and if you happen to be around in the spring season, you have to visit an operating sugarhouse and see how the stuff is made.
10. Road Trip the Back Roads
Vermont is an incredibly scenic state. There are picturesque red barns hidden in valleys, beautiful covered bridges spanning fast (or slow) flowing rivers and numerous antique shops. While in summer the slopes and mountains are lush and green, in October they turn into magnificent landscapes of yellows, oranges and reds. If you’re driving a rental car, make sure to get off the interstate and explore the smaller roads. There are a lot of small towns and villages, with things to do in Vermont. You won’t regret it.