That’s right – On March 4, 1791, the 1st Federal Congress admitted Vermont into the Union, making it the 14th state in the USA. Not only is Vermont the 14th state, it’s the BEST state and here are a few spots, places and scenes that prove it.
1. Rise and shine everyone!
Let's start this list off with our spectacular sights. This sunrise is just one of the amazing sights throughout Vermont.
2. Warren Falls
Vermont has some of the most amazing swimming holes anywhere.
3. Groton State Forest and Owl's Head lookout
This 3 hour hike around a forest pond and a short walk to Owl's Head Lookout provides both moderate and easy ways to navigate through the trails. Spectacular views await!
4. Downtown Grocery - 41 Depot Street, Ludlow
The Downtown Grocery has some of the best dining in Vermont. You never know what to expect as the menu changes every day with wonderfully thought out dishes using the freshest ingredients possible. This is a place you will definitely return to for many years.
5. The Old Round Church in Richmond
Circa 1813, this is one of the few round churches standing. Its round (technically a 16-sided polygon) design is said to keep the devil away because without corners he has nowhere to hide.
6. The top of Mt. Mansfield
Hike (or drive) to the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak.
7. Mount Elmore
You'll find unexpected sights all around like this balancing rock on Mount Elmore.
8. The Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain
Vermonters love their dogs, so it's not surprising that there is a dog chapel. Dog Mountain is set on 150 acres on a mountain top location in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The grounds are always open so grab your best four legged friend and go explore the chapel and more at this beautiful location.
9. Simon Pearce – 1760 Main Street, Quechee
Enjoy watching the artisans blow and create glass objects of beauty in this charming Vermont setting next to a stunning waterfall. The starters are all excellent with the prosciutto earning an honorable mention. Beautiful plating makes the food as stunning as the art.
10. Haskell Free Library and Opera House
The Haskell just may be the most unique library in the world. The building housing the library lies on the international border, and half is in Derby Line, Vermont and the other half is in Stanstead, Quebec. It was intentionally built this way.
11. Hope Cemetery in Barre
You'll find more than typical gravestones at the Hope Cemetery in Barre. These monuments are works of art and are admired by all who visit.
12. The Long Trail
The Long Trail is America’s first long-distance hiking trail, created in 1910 along with the Green Mountain Club, an organization which, to this day, maintains and promotes the trail. The full length of the Long Trail from Massachusetts to the Canadian border is about 280 miles, packed with rugged mountain terrain and dense forests with sweeping mountain views.
13. Brookfield Floating Bridge
This floating bridge in Brookfield has been repaired and reopened as a pedestrian footbridge. For an added unique touch, look for the nearby statue of a mother and baby hippo.
14. West Dummerston Covered Bridge
Built in 1872, this 280 foot bridge is the longest covered bridge entirely within the state of Vermont.
15. Spend the day at the Shelburne Museum
Whether you've been once or one hundred times, the Shelburne Museum never disappoints.
16. Vermont's beautiful beaches
Just because we are a landlocked state doesn't mean we don't have beaches. Just look at that scenery in Island Pond!
17. Champlain Valley Fair
Your summer wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Champlain Valley Fair. There is so much to see and do that 10 days doesn't seem like enough time to take it all in!
18. Or the Tunbridge Fair
Animals, rides, tractor pulls and so much more at the Tunbridge World's Fair!
19. Farmers Markets!
No matter how big or small, the farmers markets in Vermont are unbeatable.
20. Moss Glen Falls, Granville
Moss Glen Falls in Granville is a spectacular waterfall - view it from the road or hike out for a closer view.
21. Quechee Gorge
Hundreds of thousands of visitors stop each year to take in the breathtaking views of the Quechee Gorge, otherwise known as Vermont's Little Grand Canyon.
22. Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Shelburne Farms is located on 1,400 breathtaking acres and is a working farm, nonprofit education center for sustainability, and a National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne.
23. Vermont foliage
No matter how long you have lived in Vermont, the wonder and beauty of autumn never ceases to captivate. The colors are nothing short of breathtaking.
24. World class maple syrup
The best maple syrup in the world is made right here by hard working Vermonters.