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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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Water Sports in Vermont

More than 800 lakes and ponds and 7,000-plus miles of rivers and streams give the Green Mountain State plenty of blue spots to play in. Canoeists might consider...more

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Stowe Winter Carnival, Stowe

Winter carnivals are a dime a dozen in snowbelt states, but few achieve the elevated status of Stowe's celebration of cold each January. Ice-carving...more

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Skiing + Snowboarding in Southern Vermont

If you're looking to hit the slopes in the southern half of Vermont, drop down Route 100 from Stowe and you'll find Mad River Glen, one of only four American...more

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Skiing + Snowboarding in Northern Vermont

Vermont has a total of 5,700 acres spread across 17 alpine resorts, with up to 300 inches a year. And when Mother Nature plays coy, there are plenty of guns 'n'...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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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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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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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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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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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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