Vermont might be a small state, but the beauty of its landscapes and the free-spirited nature of Vermonters leave a big impression.
The rolling wooded hills and pastoral valleys of the Green Mountains form the state’s backbone and of all New England, Vermont perhaps most closely represents the quintessential image that visitors have of the region. Picturesque villages, some among the oldest settlements in the country, sit next to tumbling freestone rivers. White-steepled churches, traditional barns and quaint covered bridges compete the rural idyll.
Vermonters are fiercely proud of all things Vermont and, more than most states, you’ll soon pick up on a very distinct cultural identity. Liberal and independent of spirit, Vermont is home to countless influential artists, authors and academics, both past and present. This is still a largely a rural state; from family run dairies and cheese creameries to maple syrup farms and craft breweries, Vermont does not disappoint the taste buds.
As a compact state with a maze of pretty backroads, it’s the perfect place for a leisurely road trip, and there are countless historic inns, boutique hotels and wilderness camps to structure an itinerary around.