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To visit Vermont is to step back to a time when life operated on a smaller, slower scale. There are no billboards, no traffic, nothing even resembling a skyscraper (unless you count the occasional windmill). Instead, the 13.4 million visitors that come to Vermont each year discover and fall in love with its rolling green hills speckled with bright red barns, its sizable mountains striated with ski runs, its glittering lakes, and its dusty general stores. The farther north you venture in Vermont, the further removed from city life you feel. While southerly Manchester is filled with shopping boutiques and New York license plates, the so-called Northeast Kingdom (near Canada) offers pastoral beauty with a Québécois accent. If it's culture you seek, Burlington has become a hip outpost not just for outdoorsy types but also for arts lovers, and the pleasure of watching the sun set over the Adirondacks from a café in the Queen City is as timeless as Vermont itself.

With its biggest city of Burlington at 44 degrees north latitude, the state experiences four distinct seasons. Fall in Vermont is, of course, stunning, with particularly fiery foliage displays that start in mid-September and run through mid-October. Winter often brings brilliantly blue skies and bracing cold, a treat for those who cross-country ski in Craftsbury Outdoor Center or hit Stowe, Jay Peak, or Stratton for downhill skiing and snowboarding. (A tip to single plankers: Mad River Glen is open only to skiers.) Snow often lingers well into spring, while summer is becoming an increasingly popular time to try paddling or sailing on Lake Champlain.

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Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Ferrisburgh

It's called a "folk" festival, but that description doesn't do justice to the bluegrass, blues, Cajun, and Celtic performers that come each August to blast...more

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Cross-country Skiing in Vermont

Ah, gliding over the snow, lungs filling with crisp oxygen, the smell of wood smoke in the air, and blue skies overhead—the best parts of Nordic skiing....more

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Factory Tours in Vermont

From cheddar to beer, lots of good things are produced in Vermont, and some of it is given out as free samples on factory tours. For the cheesiest stuff, find...more

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Fall Foliage in Vermont

Across the border, Montréal is full of naughty nightclubs, but Vermont's finest peep show is pure and wholesome. It's also unpredictable, so leaf-peepers...more

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Golfing in Vermont

Vermont is a duffer's dream, thanks to the 70-plus courses that dot its bright green valleys. For those staying in the Northeast Kingdom region, Jay Peak Resort...more

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Long Trail

The Appalachian Trail? The Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest? Sorry, but they're all whippersnappers when compared with the Long Trail, the oldest...more

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Maple Sugar Trade in Vermont

U.S. states have official flowers, birds, and songs, but some sap gave Vermont an official flavor: maple. Sugar makers produce a half million gallons of the...more

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Mountain Biking in Vermont

One of the world's best places to mountain bike is the Northeast Kingdom, a royally unspoiled and forested corner of Vermont that kisses the Canadian border and...more

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Shelburne Farms, Shelburne

The luckiest animals in the world live at Shelburne Farms: These 1,400 acres on Lake Champlain represent Vermont's most prime piece of real estate. Sure, the...more

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Shelburne Museum, Shelburne

Bring your walking shoes. This 45-acre marquee Vermont attraction—founded by the late Electra Havemeyer Webb in 1947—includes 150,000 works of art...more

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