Are you wondering what to do this summer? If you're feeling the need to get out of the house or you're planning to travel to Vermont, here are a few spots that are rated the top tourist attractions.
Vermont is a popular destination for so many different reasons. During the autumn, leaf peepers flock to the state to take in the gorgeous hues of the leaves as the maple trees change their colors.
In the winter, the snow-capped mountains are a huge draw for skiers and winter sports fans alike. Who can resist all that white, fluffy snow?
Of course, summer and spring bring along quaint farmland, long scenic drives, and lakeshore properties with sandy beaches. There's something for everyone in Vermont.
Here are the top tourist attractions in Vermont that you need to visit this year.
Lake Champlain in Burlington Vermont
Lake Champlain actually stretches for 120 miles between New York and Vermont. The most northern part is in Canada.
This lake in Vermont draws visitors for many different reasons including fishing, scenic boat tours, and wildlife. One of the reasons it is such a popular tourist destination is all of the things you can do in Burlington Vermont where a good majority of the lake can be accessed.
Be sure that you take a ferry across the lake in Charlotte and keep your eyes open for the 20-foot serpent-like creature named Champ who has been sited in Lake Champlain's waters.
You will want to stop by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Bason Harbor, Vergennes. Or, take a short trip across the lake to Mount Independence which is actually in Ticonderoga New York.
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Shelburne Museum in Shelburne Vermont
If you enjoy Americana, you will want to spend the day at the Shelburne Museum. This open-air museum sits on 1400 acres and includes a round barn, gardens, a lake lighthouse, and even a lake steamer.
The SS Ticonderoga is one of two remaining side paddlewheel passenger steamers with a vertical beam engine. It now sits (on dry land) at the Shelburne Museum. You can walk through it and learn more about it while you're there.
Of course, there are also several art museums that you can explore while you're at the Shelburne Museum. the exhibits change regularly but in the past included Renoirs and Monets.
Call ahead to see what's there today. Look for this on Shelburne Road in Shelburne Vermont.
Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury Vermont
If you're a fan of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, you will want to stop by Waterbury Vermont, and take time to visit their factory. You can enjoy a 30 minute guided tour while you're there.
While you're there, you'll get to see the workers as they make and package the ice cream you've grown to love. A guide will explain what they're doing.
Be sure to call ahead and find out when the factory is operating. If you arrive on a day when it isn't operating, you can watch a movie that will show you the process.
Before you leave, make sure that you sample some of your favorite flavors. Look for this on Route 100 in Waterbury Vermont.
Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington Vermont
If history is your thing, make sure that you stop by the Bennington Battle Monument. This monument commemorates the battle that happened in 1777 approximately 5 miles to the west of Bennington.
While you're there, make sure that you stop by the Bennington Museum to see the large collection of works created by Grandma Moses. You can even see her painting studio and her schoolhouse while you're there.
Other exhibits include pottery, furniture, toys, glassware, and Victorian quilts. Find this one Route 9 in Bennington Vermont.
Which of these destinations in Vermont will you visit first?