Nearly 80 percent of Vermont is covered by forest. Wander anywhere through the Green Mountain State and you’ll find pure New England treasures: gorgeous countryside, thriving small towns, dairy and cheese farms, village greens and more than 100 famous covered bridges. Outdoor enthusiasts are never bored in this four-season playground: hiking, biking and canoeing happen everywhere. Vermont has the best skiing in the eastern US; bring your equipment on Amtrak and hit the famous slopes. The Ethan Allen Express goes up the west side of this small state, making several stops, including in the sophisticated town of Middlebury before depositing visitors at historic Union Station in Burlington. This funky three-college town, perched on the shores of Lake Champlain, is centered around the Church Street Marketplace, a bustling pedestrian mall with funky shops, outdoor cafés serving up farm-to-table feasts and seemingly an endless stream of street performers.
We Recommend

The sophisticated Eastern Mediterranean Honey Road restaurant in Burlington awakens all your senses with stunning food and surroundings. Don’t leave without tasting the walnut baklava ice cream.


In the state that kicked off the microbrewing craze, make sure to stop at Rutland Beer Works for a real good time and an even better brew.


Mountain Top Resort, once a turnip farm, offers some of the most stunning views in the state, world-class skiing and plenty of luxury amenities to enjoy, too. The food! The spa! The staff! All so, so good.


OK, maybe it’s a bit kitschy, but the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne will appeal to the child in us all. I mean, who doesn’t love a teddy bear?