Vermont Top 10 Attractions

Home to the popular congressman Bernie Sanders, Vermont is a place that is very welcoming and has plenty to offer any tourist who is looking for a nice vacation. You get a great combination of natural landmarks, as well as plenty of historical and regional attractions. Once you visit this beautiful state you’ll fall in love with the people, the places, as well as the undeniable charm all around you. Because Vermont is so rich in diversity and things to do, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorites into a checklist of the top 10 tourist attractions.

1: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Qfamily

Learn and discover how one of the world's favorite ice cream brands is made. Ben & Jerry's 30-minute factory tour takes you through an educational experience where you learn about the ice cream manufacturing process. Check out their full service scoop shop that includes some limited edition flavors and visit their gift shop to bring home some fun Ben & Jerry's memorabilia.

Address: 1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676

2: Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Mobilus In Mobili

One of the star attractions of Vermont, sharing its coast with New York and Canada, it is rich with diverse wildlife and tourist attractions. This is a great place to explore and enjoy for outdoorsman and nature lover’s alike. Another cool attraction that is unique to Lake Champlain is the mascot/mythical sea creature related to the Loch Ness Monster that calls this lake home—whose name is Champlain, aka Champy.

Address: Lake Champlain, VT
Website: www.vermont.org

3: Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

Located in Vermont's picturesque Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne Museum is known as one of America's most unconventional museums. Explore over 150,000 works of art that are displayed in 38 different exhibition buildings. From folk art, impressionist painting and decorative art to furniture and textiles, you are going to step into a world of wonder and imagination right here at the Shelburne Museum.

Address: 6000 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482

4: Smugglers Notch State Park

Smugglers Notch State Park

During the earlier days, only a narrow footpath and a trail for horses existed here. Today Smugglers Notch State Park features a campsite that draws hundreds of tourists each year. The location also gives visitors an easy access to the majestic Bingham Falls. Here you will discover some of the historic structures which were restored and relocated by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Address: 6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

5: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Nicki Dugan Pogue

Located to the right of the historic Burlington Waterfront, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center lets you discover a whole new world. Kids will love exploring the aquarium's fantastic exhibits such as FrogWorld, Action Lab, and the Land of Opportunity. You can participate in some of the children's and adult's programs that engages you in the ecology, culture and history of the Lake Champlain Basin.

Address: 54 Elm St, Woodstock, VT 05091
Website: www.nps.gov

6: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

The Lincoln Family home was built in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. Today it is one of Vermont's top attractions where thousands of visitors are welcomed to the grounds and walking trails. The house visit starts with a brief video presentation followed by a self-guided tour. Make sure to drop by the Cutting and Kitchen Gardens, Hildene Farms to visit the animals, the Observatory, the exhibits and the gift shop for some souvenirs.

Address: 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT 05254
Website: www.hildene.org

7: Montshire Museum of Science

Montshire Museum of Science

Enjoy "one of greatest assemblages of hands-on exhibits ever gathered in one place." (NY Times). Outdoors, explore Science Park with water exhibits, nature trails, the Woodland Garden, and the Planet Walk. Inside, find live animals exhibits, aquariums, and hands-on exhibits that allow you to explore science, nature, and technology.

Address: 1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT 05055

8: Killington Ski Resort

Killington Ski Resort

Cool off and have some unadulterated fun at this hugely popular ski resort. Killington has the largest resort of its kind on the east coast, actually, and one of the largest vertical slopes. There are six major peaks that provide a good variety of challenge, as well as plenty of breathtaking views of the natural surroundings. Killington Ski Resort is fun for the home family, offering plenty of ways to enjoy the snow-capped environment, while providing plenty of comfort and safe activities.

Address: 4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751

9: Quechee Gorge

Quechee Gorge
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/angela n.

This gorge is gorgeous, no matter how corny that sounds. It’s the deepest gorge found in Vermont, reaching over 165 feet down where the Ottauquechee River flows. There’s a great view of the gorge from above on an arched bridge that connects the Route 4 trail. Along the way on the trail, you can stop by an animal rehabilitation center and learn more about Vermont’s wildlife.

Address: Quechee Gorge, Hartford, VT

10: Church Street Marketplace

Church Street Marketplace
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Collin Parker

No trip is ever complete without a little shopping. While you are in Vermont, you should not miss the Church Street Marketplace, an uncovered pedestrian shopping and dining mall. The streets are lined with unique shops where you can find some amazing treasures. The restaurants here also offer you the best of Vermont's local cuisine.

Address: 2 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

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