Vermont is a peaceful US state, a rural state of maple syrup, farms and barns and covered bridges. Vermont landscapes consist of rolling hills, mountain ranges and wide valleys. All across the state you can find picturesque villages, with flea markets, antique shops and weekly farmers markets. The strong sense of community makes you feel welcome and at home almost immediately.
In winter the Green Mountains, the north-south spine of Vermont, are covered in a thick blanket of snow. While winters tend to be quite cold and frustratingly long, the season does offer excellent outdoor activities. There is world-class skiing around the Stowe area, and snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing can be done pretty much anywhere.
Summer is a time of sunshine and greenery. This is the most pleasant time of year. The hills and mountains are covered in lush green forests, excellent places for hiking and biking. Wide rivers allow for trout fishing, canoeing and kayaking. On hot days children and adults alike seek coolness in the state’s many lakes.
Spring is mud season; snow starts to melt and turns the soil into slippery mud. Mudslides aren’t uncommon. This is not a recommended time to visit. The Vermont landscapes are still a brownish grey and parks and trails aren’t open yet. The one good thing about this season, though, is the production of maple syrup. Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States and it is all made during a short time in spring. The production begins as soon as the sap of maple trees begins to flow again.
The ideal time to visit Vermont (and the rest of New England as well) is the fall. The fall season is when the leaves of maples, birches and oaks lose their green pigments and turn the Vermont landscapes into yellow, orange or red-painted canvases. This spectacular fall foliage attracts thousands of leaf-peepers every year.
The best way to explore Vermont and see most of it is by renting a car in the USA. A suggested route would be State Route 100, which runs from south to north along the Green Mountains. This road will give you a real sense of what Vermont is all about.
10 Vermont Landscapes
I have been living in Vermont for five months now and absolutely love the state. I like spending my time outdoors, exploring the countryside, and Vermont is perfect for that. Allow me to share a few pictures of Vermont landscapes that I took here.
Snowy Road in Vermont
Taftsville Covered Bridge
View from Mt Ascutney
Vermont Road in Spring
Covered Bridge in the Fall
Farmstead in Vermont Landscape