Vermont August 13, 2016
The Greenest Road Trip In America Is Right Here In Vermont
We’ve got a great road trip for you! We call it Green because you will be checking out the Green Mountain State, as well as packing in a ton of attractions while minimizing your carbon footprint. This 227-mile loop (give or take, depending on stops you add or subtract) takes you through Vermont towns and countrysides while passing attractions and stops that you won’t want want to miss. Are you ready for a green road trip through VT?
This 227-mile loop will take you more places than you can imagine.
for a general map of the route.
1. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington
Start your adventure on the Church Street Marketplace. You'll love the unique shops, local Vermont products, outdoor music and great restaurants along the the brick marketplace.
2. Burlington Bike Path
Photo curtesy of Brandon Scarfone
The path runs alongside the vibrant city, parks,
, the Waterfront Park and a cool beach... what could be better? There are many places to stop and enjoy the view, grab a creemee or watch passers-by.
3. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
The Shelburne Museum is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. It's a must see!
4. Shelburne Orchards, Shelburne
It's almost time to pick your own apples, eat a cider doughnut, drink some cider, take some goodies home. This is the most picturesque place in Vermont for apple picking!
5. Otter Creek Brewery, Middlebury
Otter Creek has been hitting, hopping and dosing brews with creativity since acid-washed jeans were hip. Check out how it's made and be sure to sample the varieties.
6. Middlebury College, Middlebury
You'll love the architecture in this town! The Town Hall Theater and the UVM Horse Farm are worth a visit, too!
7. Get air at Killington
Whether you ride up in the summer or ski down in the winter, the views from the top of the mountain are epic.
8. Thundering Falls, Killington
A peaceful and beautiful hike, this is do-able for the whole family!
9. Enjoy the charming town of Woodstock
You'll love the immaculate and classic town of Woodstock, where everything you see is picture perfect.
10. Visit a farm in Woodstock
We highly recommend the Sugarbush Farm and the Billings Farm & Museum. Trust us on this one.
11. Take a look down at the gorge in Quechee
The Quechee Gorge, sometimes called
Vermont's Little Grand Canyon
this is an easy stop to check out from the road, or you can even take a hike to the bottom and look up!
12. Montpelier, Vermont's State Capital
Tour the state capital and then go out for lunch. But not at McDonald's - Vermont is the only state that doesn't have a McDonalds in their State Capital. And we like it that way!
13. Hubbard Park, Montpelier
Just behind the State House is a lovely park with many hiking trails. The must-see here is the tower which has unbelievable views of Vermont. Don't believe me?
Check it out yourself
14. Ben & Jerry's Factory, Waterbury
Travel on Route 2 which runs next to 89, but is much more scenic. Head to the Ben & Jerry's factory for a tour, and don't miss a visit to the
15. Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury
Just beyond Ben & Jerry's is the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Stop in for a cider donut and there is a good chance it will be warm and still fresh out of the oven. The store is charming and the cider is refreshing (and yummy)!
16. Cabot Cheese Outlet, Waterbury
The store is stocked and the samples are everywhere. This is a stop that will make your taste buds explode!
17. Drive through the notch, Stowe
18. Johnson Woolen Mills, Johnson
Located in the village, just north of skiing mecca Stowe, Johnson Woolen Mills still make the same woolen shirts, jackets and the famous iceman's pants that have been best sellers for decades.
19. Return to Burlington
As the sun sets, whether you did a few activities or took a few days to see them all (and then some), it's nice to get back to where you started.
What other places would you recommend seeing on this route? Let us know!