Vermont destinations, parks and attractions
Are you going on a road trip to Vermont, looking for tips about the destinations so you and your party can enjoy it, be comfortable and not spend a fortune?
Here are some of the top destinations in Vermont and tips about visiting them
National parks and monuments in Vermont
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail,
Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
- Marsh, Billings, Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock, VT.
Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of loss, recovery, and conservation. This is a story of stewardship, of people taking care of places - sharing an enduring connection to land and a sense of hope for the future.
- North Country National Scenic Trail, Seven States-New York to North Dakota MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,VT,WI.
Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Stand on the shores of lakes and streams from glaciers 10,000 years before. Clear-flowing water, red/gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, open prairies, and distant horizons paint the land. Historic sites along the way tell how America settled and grew as a nation. From North Dakota to Vermont, adventure is never far away.
Vermont State parks and historic sites
- Alburgh Dunes
- Big Deer
- Boulder Beach
- Burton Island
- Button Bay
- Camel's Hump
- Camp Plymouth
- Crystal Lake
- Emerald Lake
- Fort Dummer
- Gifford Woods
- Grand Isle
- Green River Reservoir
- Half Moon Pond
- Kill Kare
- Kettle Pond
- Kingsland Bay
- Knight Island
- Knight Point
- Lake Carmi
- Lake Shaftsbury
- Lake St. Catherine
- Little River
- Lowell Lake
- Molly's Falls Pond
- Molly Stark
- Mt. Ascutney
- Mt. Philo
- New Discovery
- Niquette Bay
- North Hero
- Ricker Pond
- Sand Bar
- Seyon Lodge
- Silver Lake
- Smugglers' Notch
- Stone Hut
- Taconic Mountains Ramble
- Thetford Hill
- Waterbury Center
- Waterbury Reservoir Remote Sites
- Woods Island
Vermont Seasons, bugs, topography and climate
In this New England state, summers are warm, but the winters are freezing and typically dry. All year round, clouds are frequent thanks to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The temperature varies from 12°F to 81°F but is generally mild, rarely below -6°F or above 89°F.
Vermont Camping tips
Vermont State Parks offer a wide variety of camping experiences, including drive-in camp sites, lean-to's, remote campsites, group camping areas, and even an inn-style lodge, all surrounded by Vermont's beautiful mountains, lakes, forests and fields.
Generally, most parks are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day or the 2nd Monday in October Day, with some opening earlier, and some remaining open later.
For a complete list, check out our Operating Schedule (PDF).
Off-season camping is available at no cost from November 1st through April 1st. You must apply for a permit at least three days before your expected stay. For detailed off-season park accessibility, view our Off-season Access Guide (PDF).
Primitive Camping Maps and Guides
- Aitken State Forest Primitive Camping Guide
- Arthur Davis Wildlife Management Area Primitive Camping Guide
- Coolidge State Forest Primitive Camping Guide
- Dorand State Forest Primitive Camping Guide
- Mollie Beattie State Forest Primitive Camping Guide
- Okemo State Forest Primitive Camping Guide
- West Rutland State Forest Primitive Camping Guide
Skiing Trails Maps and Guides