Vermont Vacations And The Seven Wonders Of The Green Mountain State

Vermont Vacations And The Seven Wonders Of The Green Mountain State



No matter which season you take Vermont vacations,​ you’ll see these seven scenic wonders and fall in​ love with the​ Green Mountain state. And just in​ case you mistakenly think there are only seven wonders - think again. Each of​ these is​ a​ vacation in​ itself,​ full of​ the​ wonders of​ adventure,​ breathtaking views,​ wildlife,​ and fine dining and lodging.

It all begins here...

GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST

The Green Mountain National Forest is​ 400,​000 acres stretching across two-thirds of​ the​ length of​ Vermont. the​ Forest comprises six wilderness areas offering camping and 900 miles of​ trails,​ and a​ backcountry environment for all ages. Campgrounds are available on​ a​ first-come basis during the​ summer season.

Popular destinations in​ the​ Forest include the​ Robert Frost Trail near Ripton,​ Texas Falls Recreation area close to​ Hancock,​ the​ Moosalamoo area near Brandon,​ and Lake Dunmore and Brandbury State Park

QUECHEE GORGE

Located in​ central Vermont near the​ town of​ Woodstock,​ Quechee Gorge is​ a​ geological wonder. Nicknamed Vermont’s Grand Canyon,​ the​ gorge was carved when the​ last glacier covering New England receded about 12,​000 years ago. Today the​ Ottauguechee River flows through the​ gorge and is​ spanned by a​ bridge,​ which offers a​ marvelous photogenic vantage point for visitors.

The entrance to​ the​ park is​ just west of​ the​ bridge,​ and offers trails down to​ the​ gorge and wooded nature walks.

SCENIC ROUTE 100 FROM KILLINGTON to​ WATERBURY

Vermont boasts many scenic drives but none more scenic than the​ portion of​ Route 100 from Killington to​ Waitsfield. the​ route borders the​ Green Mountain National Forest and meanders through mountain valleys,​ rivers,​ streams,​ waterfalls,​ and small farming villages. Along this route you’ll move from open farmland to​ steep mountain cliffs either side of​ a​ winding narrow road,​ and then eventually back to​ open fields.

The latter part of​ the​ journey to​ Waterbury offers marvelous views of​ the​ distant northern Green Mountains.

STOWE

Nestled between two mountain ranges is​ perhaps the​ most picturesque town in​ New England - Stowe. the​ draw and attraction for many to​ Stowe is​ Mount Mansfield,​ and the​ mountain dominates the​ landscape.

After the​ snow melts,​ families have an​ endless assortment of​ things to​ do on​ their Vermont vacations,​ including swimming,​ hiking,​ horseback riding,​ canoeing,​ kayaking,​ and scenic driving tours. Mount Mansfield itself provides hiking trails for the​ fit and energetic,​ or​ you can take in​ amazing views from your own car as​ you drive to​ the​ summit ridge on​ the​ historic toll road.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN AND ISLANDS

Lake Champlain seems like a​ lost cousin of​ the​ Great lakes. Long and deep,​ but with an​ average width of​ only 12 miles,​ its northern area is​ dotted with a​ magnificent string of​ Islands popular for Vermont vacations. Routes 2 and 78 connect the​ larger ones together and to​ the​ Vermont mainland. One of​ the​ last "undiscovered" treasures of​ New England,​ the​ Lake Champlain Islands offer magnificent vistas of​ Vermont’s Green Mountains to​ the​ east,​ and New York’s Adirondacks to​ the​ west.

NORTHEAST KINGDOM

The Northeast Kingdom is​ a​ vast 1.3 million acres of​ mostly wilderness land,​ which includes public forests,​ parks,​ lakes,​ ponds,​ rivers and streams. This is​ an​ area where little has changed since the​ glaciers left,​ and the​ adventurous will find plenty of​ opportunity to​ live out their dream Vermont vacation.

Nature shares the​ Northeast Kingdom with people,​ and this is​ an​ area where wildlife and scenery is​ king,​ and folks gladly take a​ back seat. Load up your camping stuff and supplies in​ St. Johnsbury,​ check your gas level,​ and be prepared for an​ exhilarating experience!

COVERED BRIDGES

No mention of​ Vermont wonders can bypass the​ finest collection of​ covered bridges in​ the​ United States. if​ you include the​ bridges shared with New Hampshire and spanning the​ Connecticut River,​ the​ state has 106,​ which is​ more than any other New England state. Most bridges are accessible to​ the​ public,​ in​ excellent condition,​ and a​ joy to​ discover and photograph.

The craftsmen who designed these monuments had no idea they were building a​ legacy now enjoyed by visitors from all over the​ world. Wherever you are in​ the​ state you’re not far from a​ Vermont covered bridge

This brief journey has been but an​ introduction to​ an​ area in​ the​ U.S. where not only the​ people,​ but nature,​ does things just a​ little differently - And that makes all the​ difference for Vermont vacations.




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