Regional Guide

Northern Vermont & Lake Champlain - Family

Ski Smuggler's Notch. This self-contained base Vermont village allows parents to give their children free reign. Add the state-certified nurseries and pervasive apres-ski activities and you've got a familial heaven. The resort is set on three peaks. Head to Morse Mountain for novice slopes.

Drive Vermont's Route 100 to Stowe. The scenic drive runs the state from tip to tail, winding along this northern extension of the Appalachian Mountain system. Route 100 continues to the Quebec border, but the mountain village of Stowe is a nice endpoint, even in the skiing off-season.

Hike Mount Monadnock. One of the world's most frequently hiked mountains also happens to be a great spot for active families to take in some views. This 3,165-foot peak towers over everything nearby and affords views from Boston in the south, to the White Mountains to the north.

Take the family fishing on Vermont's premiere rainbow trout waters. The Lamoille River stretches from northwestern Vermont east to Lake Champlain. Water runs slowly at the river's mouth, near Lake Champlain, and there are several state fishing accesses available to boaters.

Ascend Elmore Mountain (2.1 miles). Hike the old fire road to a moderate trail and the remains of a ranger cabin. The steep last half-mile to summit is a fun challenge and well worth it for the views at the top. Keep an eye out for the fire tower on the summit and Lake Elmore at the base.

Drive White River Road. The strip, which is also called Forest Road 55, runs from Granville, (off State Route 100) along the White River past many a scenic view and several picnic sites.

Drive through Vermont's fall foliage. Vermont takes leaf viewing to new heights with long, winding scenic drives and colors to knock your socks off.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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