4 Places to See on a Vermont Road Trip

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Vermont is well known for its beautiful green forested landscape, which also happens to make it an excellent choice for a summer or fall road trip.

Visitors to Vermont can enjoy exploring the state's historic cities and hiking through its many forests and natural spaces.

This guide to 4 places to see on a Vermont road trip will help you plan the perfect getaway this year. Whether you love big ciites or exploring the outdoors, you'll definitely find something wonderful in Vermont.

1. Montpelier

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Montpelier is Vermont's beautiful and historic capital city located right near the center of the state.

I recommend starting your day off early with a visit to the Vermont State House on State Street. The Vermont State House is scheduled to reopen to the public on July 6, 2021 for self-guided tours.

After your visit to the state house, head across the street to the Vermont Historical Society Museum. The museum offers a variety of exhibits sharing the history of the state along with all kinds of unique and interesting facts about Vermont.

Once you've had your fill of history for the day, head out down the street for lunch. I recommend stopping in at either Mad Taco or Three Penny Tap Room.

After lunch, spend some time outdoors at Hubbard Park. This is a huge 194 acre city park with miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and children's play areas. Be sure not to miss a climb up Hubbard Tower, a stone observation deck overlooking the park.

2. Woodstock

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Woodstock is a small town located about an hour south of Montpelier.

First time visitors will want to start off exploring Woodstock's downtown area. Here you'll find all kinds of local shops and restaurants.

You'll also want to visit Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park located near the west side of town.

The park preserves the site where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and progressive dairy farm. This is also Vermont's only NPS site, with the exception being a portion of the Appalachian Trail that runs through the state.

While in the area you also don't want to miss a stop at the Billings Farm and Museum, a working dairy farm with educational exhibits.

3. Shelburne

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Shelburne is located about 45 minutes west of Montpelier on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Popular attractions in Shelburne include the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Vineyard. You can also visit the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory where you can take a picture with a giant Vermont Teddy Bear.

For lunch, head into town to try one of the local restaurants. Popular options include Rustic Roots, Barkeaters, or the Bearded Frog.

4. Burlington

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Burlington is located just north of Shelburne about 40 minutes west of Montpelier and also sits along the shores of Lake Champlain.

First time visitors will want to start their day at Church Street Marketplace. This is where you'll find plenty of local shops and restaurants.

Other popular attractions in Burlington include Burlington City Arts, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Battery Park, and Waterfront Park.

The city is also home to several local micro breweries including Foam Brewers, Zero Gravity Brewpub, and The Vermont Pub and Brewery.

I hope you've enjoyed this guide to 4 places to see on a Vermont road trip and that I've inspired you to plan a visit of your own. If you liked this article please consider giving me a follow for more local travel guides such as this one. As always, thanks for reading.

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