Looking for some fun things to see and do in Vermont this fall?. Here are some places for you to see.
The residents of Burlington are dedicated to environmental stewardship and it shows. Like-minded visitors will enjoy biking the Greenway (also called the Waterfront Bike Path), a forested corridor that runs the entire length of the city. From here, is access to over 30 miles of trails spreading across abundant natural areas via 127 paths.
Thirty-five diverse parks, several beaches, and the Lake Champlain marinas afford visitors a plethora of recreational activities.
The Community Boathouse Marina also provides visitors with an upscale dining and sunset viewing experience. The Burlington Earth Clock, constructed by Circles of Peace in Oakledge Park, is a must-see installation unique to the city.
Stowe, Vermont’s winter playground, is a picturesque mountain retreat that looks like a scene from a Christmas card. Combined with the magnificence of Mount Mansfield, it’s easy to see why it’s been dubbed the ski capital of the East. Over 20 feet of annual snowfall allow visitors to ski and snowboard November through April.
They can also ice skate, dogsled, sleigh-ride, snowshoe, snowmobile, ice fish, and cozy up around a warm fire at night. In spring, guests can experience Vermont’s tradition of making maple syrup. Summer activities include zip-lining, fly-fishing, and golfing, and of course, autumn here is all about the stunning foliage.
Stowe has an unlimited number of things to do in the fall. Visit Go Stowe for more information.
Smugglers Notch State Park is a slender trail winding through the Green Mountains between 1,000-foot cliffs. Its storied past began in the early 1800s, when President Jefferson banned U.S. trade with Canada and Great Britain. It was a struggle for locals to get to other markets, so many continued to trade illegally with Canada using this narrow pass.
Later, it was a passageway for slaves heading to freedom in Canada, and still later it was used to smuggle liquor during the Prohibition. Today, visitors can learn about the area’s rich natural and cultural history while enjoying the various hands-on nature activities through the interpreter programs offered at the relocated park.
More information on Smugglers Notch State Park is available on the Vermont State Parks Website.
America’s Small Town Capital.
Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States with a population of just under 8,000 people. It’s a small town with big city amenities – a lively arts and music scene, great restaurants, excellent schools, and an active community life.
Restaurants and bars come alive at night with eclectic cuisine and live music. Visitors will appreciate the gold-domed capitol, its art installations, and its outdoor event space. Local galleries, music venues, live theater performances, and a free summer concert series entertain visitors all year round. Nature lovers can stroll through Hubbard Park’s natural beauty and enjoy scenic views.
More attractions in Montpelier are available from the Montpelier Vermont Website.
Steeped in New England character and the picturesque beauty of the Green Mountains, Woodstock, Vermont is a colorful, four-season destination that harnesses the spirit of independence and craftsmanship. Come stroll the pedestrian village, wander the backroads of Vermont’s countryside, and experience the treasures of Woodstock for yourself.
Other activities include biking, golfing, shooting, fishing, and visiting working farms. During winter, add downhill and cross-country skiing, sledding, skating, and snowshoeing. They have art and historical museums, as well as historic sites like the popular Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, which offers tours of the grounds, mansion, and surrounding forest.
Mount Philo State Park is a state park located in Charlotte, Vermont. The 237-acre park protects the area around Mount Philo and provides views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The Green Mountains can be seen to the east and south. It is accessed by trail or steep narrow road.
The picnic and camping areas provide stunning views of the mountains to the west and south, the lake, and the valley. There are various hiking trails that begin at the base of Mt. Philo and end at its summit and visitors can also sail, fish, or boat in Lake Champlain. Swimming opportunities can be found at nearby Button Bay or Kingsland Bay State Parks.
More information about Mt. Philo State Park is available from the Vermont State Parks website.
Where many come for the mountains but stay for the authentic experience Vermont’s Mad River Valley offers all year long, a unique combination of community and resort, that has to be visited—or moved to—to really appreciate. Discover the skiing, hiking, food and fun of this part of Vermont!
The Vermont of postcards is never hard to find. Covered bridges, dairy farms, and sleepy Main Streets dot the state’s rolling greenscape, edge to edge. Even the grain silos are quaint here. But if you had to condense the region’s ineffable charm into one living, breathing community you’d likely be straddling the banks of the Mad River, staring at the streets of Waitsfield as it surrounds you
More information on Waitsfield is available on the Waitsfield Vermont Website.
Manchester is nestled in the Green Mountains, a world away from big city life. One of the best ways to experience an overview of the area is with Backroad Discovery Tours. These seasonal tours introduce visitors to Vermont specialties like an alpaca farm, maple shack, and a Norman Rockwell exhibit.
Hildene – the former Lincoln family home, the Manchester Historical Society, and the American Museum of Fly Fishing are popular points of interest here. Hills Alive presents a calendar of fine and performance arts activities. In winter, go skiing at Bromely Ski Resort, ride a sleigh at Taylor Farm, or ice skate at Riley Rink.
More attractions in Manchester is available from the Manchester Vermont Website.
Downtown St. Albans is known for its heritage and momentous events of the past, such as its railroad history, the famous St. Albans Raid, and historic Taylor Park. But it is also becoming known for a 21st Century rebirth of prosperity and activity, from its revived streetscape and welcoming sense of place, to fine specialty shops and award-winning restaurants, to the rising star of the downtown brewery. In summer and fall, the farmers market boasts fresh produce, specialty foods and fine handcrafted goods. St. Albans’ close proximity to Lake Champlain provides for boating, hiking and biking opportunities with spectacular views, especially during the fall foliage.
Historic buildings on Main and Church Streets grace Taylor Park, one of Vermont’s largest downtown greens, where community events are held throughout the year. In the spring, visitors can experience 40 years of tradition and fun at the Vermont Maple Festival. Come summertime, local bands and artists step up to perform in the gazebo. The St. Albans Raid, the Age of Rail, and more can be explored at the St. Albans Historical Museum.
More information on St Albans is available on the City of Saint Albans website.
The Northeast Kingdom is the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Vermont, comprising Essex, Orleans and Caledonia counties. In Vermont, the written term “NEK” is often used. The term “Northeast Kingdom” is attributed to George D. Aiken, former Governor of Vermont and a U.S. senator, who first used the term in a 1949 speech. The area is often referred to by Vermonters simply as “The Kingdom.”
The area offers mountain biking, skiing, and fall foliage viewing. A rail trail across the southern part of the Kingdom originates in St. Johnsbury on South Main Street as part of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail; in the north, the Kingdom Heritage Lands feature multiple use access, including hiking, bicycling, and hunting; and in the center of the Kingdom, radiating outward from Burke Mountain, are hundreds of acres threaded with well-kept trails provided via Kingdom Trails of East Burke, VT.