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Vibrant Colors Lead the Way

Visitors from all over the world travel to Vermont each year to be dazzled by its forests of changing color. Three-quarters of Vermont is forest, so no matter what part of fall you plan for your getaway, the leaves will be changing somewhere in Vermont. Ensure that you’re in the right place at the right time with this Fall Foliage Forecaster that allows you to track which areas are at peak foliage color. By foot or by car, Vermont’s foliage-filled forests will enchant you.

 


 

Hikes

Take a Hike to New Heights

Enjoy crisp autumn air and surround yourself in changing colors with a hike. Built and maintained by the Green Mountain Club, the Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border. With 272 miles of footpath, 166 miles of side trails, and a varied terrain, the Long Trail offers endless options for both novice and expert hikers. Mt. Elmore in Morrisville, an excellent day hike, ends with a fire tower, which offers a unique way to view fall foliage. Another amazing option in western Vermont is the Jerusalem Trail, which guides hikers through a maple grove abundant with fall colors. These are just a few of the many fantastic trails that Vermont holds.

 


 

Vermont Cheese Plate

No Such Thing as Too Much Cheese

Lovers of cheese rejoice: Vermont is full of award-winning cheesemakers! Take a trip around the Green Mountain State on the Cheese Trail. With over 45 makers and 150 varieties of cow, goat, and sheep milk cheeses included, you’re sure to find the sharp cheddar or soft chevre of your dreams. The trail map shows which makers are open to the public as well as the type of milk used to craft their cheeses. Many farms offer tours where visitors can learn more about the science behind cheesemaking. Looking for the perfect souvenir? Check the trail map for which farms have retail areas with cheeses for sale.

 


 

Boyden Valley Winery

Try a Little Wine with That Cheese

Wine and cheese go hand in hand and, lucky for travelers, Vermont has both. Explore Vermont’s wineries via the Vermont Grape and Wine Council’s winery passport. Travel through the wine trail to 21 participating wineries where visitors are able to taste and learn about Vermont’s wines. Winery passports are available at any of the participating tasting rooms, and each location will stamp your passport. Visit one of the 25 locations to sample mead, fruit and grape wines, and ice ciders.

 


 

Welcome to Vermont IPA

Great Minds Drink Alike

Vermont has more breweries and brewpubs per capita than anywhere else in the nation. The Vermont Brewers Association has mapped out different Beer Trails, making it easy to find and visit Vermont breweries in different parts of the state. Check out the Beyond Burlington Trail, located outside of Burlington, takes visitors through some of the smallest and largest craft breweries in Vermont and ends at a BYOB pizzeria. The Dog-Friendly Beer Trail is full of, you guessed it, dog-friendly breweries. Prefer going to the beat of your own drum? There’s also a Create Your Own Trail option!

 


 

 

Rokby Museum

 

Follow The Trail to Vermont’s Past

Learn about Vermont’s deep historical roots and some of its early settlers on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail. Stops on the trail include museums and cultural sites where visitors explore the lives and stories of African Americans and those dedicated to issues of equality and freedom. Begin at Rokeby Museum, a well-documented site of Vermont’s Underground Railroad, where visitors can tour the home of Quaker abolitionists Rowland and Rachel Robinson. The trail also leads to Grafton, VT, where visitors dive into the lives of former slaves Alexander and Sally Turner, who played a major part in shaping the community there. Stop by the Vermont Folklife Center to learn more about the Turner family. Alexander and Sally’s daughter Daisy recorded over 60 hours of interviews with the center. These and many more stops on the trail give visitors a greater understanding of Vermont’s rich history.

 

 

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