Concierge.com's insider take:
The Appalachian Trail? The Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest? Sorry, but they're all whippersnappers when compared with the Long Trail, the oldest long-distance footpath in the country. And nearly 100 years after trail-breaking in 1910, the Long Trail still whups hikers with 270 miles of scrambles, summits, and sunsets along the spine of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada. (Find maps and information at the Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center; 802-244-7037; www.greenmountainclub.org). For a weekend sample of the LT, consider the Monroe Skyline, a 12.2-mile hike along the ridges of the central Green Mountains, near Warren and the Pitcher Inn. Other high-elevation hikes include the 7.4-mile trip up and down the 4,083-foot Camel's Hump, and the myriad trails (from 6 to 8 miles, round-trip) winding around Mount Mansfield, at 4,393 feet Vermont's highest point. Both are a short drive from post-hike pedicures and pinot noir at Stowe's Topnotch Resort and Spa.