Regional Guide

Northern Vermont & Lake Champlain - Overview

Say Vermont and many people think of three things: Green Mountains, skiing, and great biking. Others might add tourists to the list. Southern and central Vermont are sometimes plagued by well-intentioned vacationers, but those looking for a quiet backcountry retreat, best head north to the solitude of northern Vermont and the Champlain Lake region where classic New England charm blends with classic Vermont adventure. Hike Vermont's famous Long Trail one day, bike the Green Mountains, or plan a trip to one of the area's equally-famous ski resorts the next.

For many, Vermont is synonymous with skiing and snowboarding. With good reason: Northern Vermont alone is home to Stowe, Sugarbush, and Stratton, several of the country's finest downhill resorts, but that isn't all. The area's resorts and protected lands are also home to miles of powdery backcountry trails for snowshoers and cross-country skiers as well. But there's more—some of the best biking, trout fishing, and a strip of the AT. But there's more. The soaring peaks of the Green Mountains, clear trout streams, and a strip of two of the country's best-known long-distance trails are just a few of the features that also make Northern Vermont a haven for hikers, bikers, and anglers alike. And who can forget the church spires and white fences, great symbols of New England landscape. Take a break from activity and hit the road for a view of northern Vermont's famed fall foliage or the northern stretch of the Green Mountains. When you're done, an quaint bed and breakfast is never to far away. With great basecamps like Montpelier, Burlington, and Stowe, you can't go wrong.

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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