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It stands to reason that any state with the nickname “The Green Mountain State” is going to be an outdoors person’s idea of a great place to visit. Vermont is one of our country’s most rural states, with hundreds of square miles of rolling hills and wide expanses of countryside. This is a land of cheese and maple syrup, so as you head from east to west on this road trip, feel free to explore the side paths you may encounter, as there are many places off the beaten path that make and sell some of the finest cheese, as well as the tastiest syrup you’ll ever pour on a stack of pancakes.
Brattleboro has long been thought of as an artist’s community, and as the unofficial gateway to Vermont, many visitors come through here every year to experience the character and charm that Brattleboro personifies. The downtown district is composed of several classic-style red brick buildings that house a host of specialty shops, which still have apartments above them. For art deco fans, the Latches Hotel is a must-see, having been restored to its former showplace glory. There’s always something going on, so if you’re headed to the area, check out the calendar of events – you’re sure to find something interesting!
A twenty-mile drive on the westbound State Highway 9 takes you into Wilmington, a popular year-round destination for travelers from all around. Its collection of small shops attracts those looking for that unique, diverse souvenir to take home, and nearby Lake Whitingham is a great place to kick back and enjoy the water. In the summer, a paddlewheel ship takes visitors on a cruise across the lake’s surface; in winter months, Wilmington is transformed into a wintry paradise where skiers, snowboarders, and snow bunnies flock to enjoy the picture-postcard setting.
Bennington is tucked between the Green and Taconic Mountain ranges, and is a short twenty-one mile drive west on Highway 9. Bennington draws visitors from all around, who come to enjoy the lush natural beauty of the area, the historic walking tours, and the antique shops. There are plenty of parks and campgrounds for your enjoyment, all of which are well-maintained and serve to enhance Bennington’s charm. Take a stroll through the countryside at sunset and enjoy a treat for the eyes that only a Vermont sunset can provide.
Make sure that when you plan your trip, check to see what local events and festivals are going on – besides being one of the most beautiful states in our country, Vermont is based around getting the most out of life that you can.