While there are many, many hiking trails that showcase amazing views, sometimes we just want to take in the sights without lacing up our hiking boots. Whether it’s bitter cold, mud season or we simply don’t have the time or ability to take it all in, fear not fellow Vermonters! We’ve gathered 11 natural wonders that don’t involve any hiking to appreciate the beauty of Vermont. Enjoy!
1. Allis State Park, Randolph
There is a parking area next to the firepower in Allis State Park that provides amazing views. You don't have to hike to the firepower, but if you want to climb the stairs you can take in views of Killington, Pico, and Mt Ascutney peaks to the south; Camel's Hump and Mt. Mansfield to the north; Abraham, Lincoln, and Ellen to the west; the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the east.
2. Harriman Reservoir, Wilmington
The Harriman Reservoir is beautiful to see in the winter and is a great place to cool down in the summer. Make a day of soaking in the beauty and take advantage of one of the outdoor grills!
3. The top of Mt. Mansfield, Stowe
Check out the views from Vermont's highest peak! Take the gondola year round, or drive up the Toll Road in the summer.
The stars are phenomenal from any town in Vermont, but this shot was taken in Waterbury.
5. Fall foliage
Ditto for foliage. It's no wonder Vermont is world famous for its fantastic colors each autumn.
6. Camel's Hump, Huntington/Duxbury
The silhouette of Camel's hump is extraordinary.
7. Moss Glen Falls, Granville
This spectacular waterfall can be seen right from the road. These are some pretty big falls for a tiny town!
8. Quechee Gorge, Quechee
Quechee Gorge, also known as Vermont's Little Grand Canyon, attracts over 200,000 visitors each year. There are wonderful views of the gorge from the bridge above.
9. Lake Memphremagog, Newport
Lake Memphremagog is not only beautiful, but there are many benches along the shore to enjoy it.
10. Otter Creek Waterfall, Middlebury
This waterfall is right in the middle of downtown Middlebury. Lucky students!
11. Thompson's Point, Charlotte
Thompson's Point is famous for breathtaking sunsets, but sometimes the afterglow is equally dramatic.