Northern Vermont: Places to Explore


  • Burlington

    As you drive along Main Street toward downtown Burlington, it's easy to see why this five-college city is so often called one of the most livable small cities in the United States. Downtown is filled with... Read more

  • The Craftsburys

    The three small villages of the Craftsburys—Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury, and East Craftsbury—are among Vermont's finest and oldest towns. Handsome white houses and barns, the requisite common, and terrific... Read more

  • East Burke

    Once a sleepy village, East Burke is now the Northeast Kingdom's outdoor-activity hub. The Kingdom Trails attract thousands of mountain bikers in summer and fall. In winter, many trails are groomed for... Read more

  • Greensboro

    Tucked along the southern shore of Caspian Lake, Greensboro has been a summer resort for literati, academics, and old-money types for more than a century. Yet it exudes an unpretentious, genteel character... Read more

  • Jeffersonville

    Jeffersonville is just over Smugglers' Notch from Stowe but miles away in feel and attitude. In summer, you can drive over the notch road as it curves precipitously around boulders that have fallen from... Read more

  • Lake Champlain Islands

    Lake Champlain, which stretches more than 100 miles south from the Canadian border, forms the northern part of the boundary between New York and Vermont. Within it is an elongated archipelago composed... Read more

  • Lake Willoughby

    Lake Willoughby. The cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor drop to the edge of Lake Willoughby on opposite shores, giving this beautiful, deep, glacially carved lake a striking resemblance to a Norwegian fjord... Read more

  • Montgomery/Jay

    Montgomery is a small village near the Canadian border and Jay Peak ski resort. Amid the surrounding countryside are seven covered bridges.... Read more

  • Montpelier

    With only about 8,000 residents, little Montpelier is the country's smallest capital city. But it has a youthful energy—and certainly an independent spirit—that makes it seem almost as large as Burlington... Read more

  • Shelburne

    A few miles south of Burlington, the Champlain Valley gives way to fertile farmland, affording stunning views of the rugged Adirondacks across the lake. In the middle of this farmland is the village of... Read more

  • St. Johnsbury

    St. Johnsbury, the southern gateway to the Northeast Kingdom, was chartered in 1786. But its identity was established after 1830, when Thaddeus Fairbanks invented the platform scale, a device that revolutionized... Read more

  • Stowe

    Long before skiing came to Stowe in the 1930s, the rolling hills and valleys beneath Vermont's highest peak, 4,395-foot Mt. Mansfield, attracted summer tourists looking for a reprieve from city heat. Most... Read more

  • Vergennes

    Vermont's oldest city, founded in 1788, is also the third oldest in New England. The downtown area is a compact district of restored Victorian homes and public buildings with a few good eateries sprinkled... Read more