Places to Visit in Vermont

After 14 years as an independent republic, Vermont was admitted to the union in 1790. It’s the country’s leading producer of maple syrup, a popular skiing destination, and home to the smallest state capital in the country: Montpelier.

Plan a Vermont vacation that your entire family will enjoy and remember. The Parking Spot has come up with a list of top places to visit in Vermont, from Killington—a resort town in Rutland County—to the bustling city of Burlington.


Known for its diverse terrain, Killington is a top destination for skiers of all levels, whether you enjoy gliding down wide-open slopes or carving out the mountain on narrower runs. Visitors can also enjoy other winter activities, including festive sleigh rides, personalized snowshoe tours, and tubing hills suitable for all ages. Admire the wonderland from an aerial perspective on a scenic gondola ride to the top of the 4,241-foot Killington Peak. Hop out at the top for panoramic views at the Peak Lodge. Ready to warm up? Spend an afternoon at the Killington Grand Spa, where every treatment features local, natural ingredients. Awarded the 2015 NSAA Conversion Cup, Killington Resort is also recognized for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and the effects of climate change.


Explore Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain and sandwiched between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. An attractive New England town with sophisticated residents and plenty of activities, Burlington is full of life in every season. Head to the Paquette Arena for seasonal ice skating or journey to the South End to explore the arts scene. The city’s Church Street Marketplace is recognized for its early 1900s architecture, tasty cuisine, and charming boutiques. Dessert lovers must also indulge at Ben & Jerry’s (originally founded in a Burlington gas station) with the ice cream shop’s famous “Vermonster Sundae.”


The largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., Montpelier is a must-see on your Vermont vacation. Home to no more than 8,000 residents, the city is a small, but mighty, capital. Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery and allow civil unions for homosexual couples. Those visiting the liberal town are encouraged to dine at one of many farm-to-table restaurants, watch an art-house movie during the Green Mountain Film Festival, or enjoy live entertainment at a popular jazz club. For outdoor adventures, check out North Branch Park for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

Enjoy your Vermont vacation by visiting one-of-a-kind cities, each with family-oriented activities. What’s on your list of places to visit in Vermont?

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