Quintessentially New England, Vermont is a land of beauty and wonder, from breathtaking sea shores to pastoral farms and landscapes. And if you want to get to know Vermont, you've got to go local. Vermont is very much a land of small towns and strong regional identities. Visit the charming islands and farms of North Hero and St. Albans, then enjoy the serenity of Lake Champlain Valley. Looking for a little adventure? Then look no further than the Stowe/Smugglers’ Notch region of Vermont. Hike to the summit of Mt. Mansfield on the Long Trail. Rather drive? Take the Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road. And don't forget the best skiing in the East, all available surrounding Vermont’s highest peak.
From your basic moose sighting to a glorious sunset over the Green Mountains, Mother Nature has been known to put on quite a display in Vermont. And one of the best ways to enjoy these wonders is on the 300 mile Catamount Trail, the longest cross country ski trail in America. The trail is divided into 26 sectors, each taking about a day to cover. Roughly half of the route follows packed snowmobile trials and groomed ski center trails. The other half provides glorious access to Vermont's pristine backwoods.
Alongside the beauty of Vermont's natural wonders, you will find attractions rich in colonial history and culture. You won't want to miss the Old Constitution House in Windsor, or the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site. Chimney Point on Lake Champlain in Vermont is one of the earliest, mostly intensely settled, and most strategic sites in the Champlain Valley, with human habitation going back as far as 7,500 years. To experience how early settlers lived, check out the Hyde Log Cabin on Grand Isle. And for a trip back into revolutionary history, you'll want to visit the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, which preserves the military complex at Mount Independence, which was one of the largest communities in North America in 1776.