Visions of New England are captivated by the scenic beauty of Vermont’s lush countryside and rolling hills. Yet Vermont’s landscape is as varied as the people who call this state home. Whether you love the mountains, the sea, or the rivers, these are Vermont’s unique characteristics.
The climate in Vermont is both warm and breezy during the summer months and cool and pleasant during the winter. Summers are known for their warm, sunny days followed by dark nights.
Because of its long coastline, Vermont is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Wind and waves may be common elements of the outdoor activities that many enjoy, but they are also an integral part of the natural landscape. Because Vermont does not have a large elevation change like many states, coastal landforms can be much more pronounced than in other states. Coastal mountains offer spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding areas.
The spectacular forests that make up the eastern section of the state to provide opportunities for hiking, biking, and other recreational activities as well as walking trails, bird-watching, and nature viewing. The state has a variety of wildlife to share with visitors, including deer, moose, and bear. The best way to find out what to expect when you visit Vermont is to know a little about Vermont geography.
Because the state’s unique geography produces a variety of landscapes, it is no surprise that so many people enjoy it. Visitors will enjoy a number of recreational activities when they come to visit Vermont. These include hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, and rafting.
Another popular way to spend a vacation in Vermont is to take a hike along one of the state’s many hiking trails. The Adirondack Mountains are great places to start, but hikers can go anywhere from the northern end of the state to the southern end. The land in between has an abundance of wildlife and is ideal for bird watching.
By bicycle, visitors can experience Vermont’s scenic beauty. Cycling is particularly popular in Vermont because of the moderate terrain, which keeps it stable and allows mountain bikes to be used without too much stress. Burlington, which is the state’s largest city, is home to the nation’s oldest bicycle path. More than a century ago, this path was paved for the purpose of transporting people from downtown Burlington to the countryside.
Horseback riding, a form of back country, is popular all year round and is especially popular in Vermont’s summertime, when horses take advantage of the open area and have fun on horseback. The Burlington area is known for its horse riding enthusiasts. Horses are also a popular form of outdoor recreation in New Hampshire, where they are domesticated and used in sport, show, and commercial breeding programs.
Fishing is another popular activity in Vermont. Visitors can fish for striped bass, striped sunfish, channel catfish, silver crappie, rainbow trout, or northern pike in any of the ponds and lakes found throughout the state. In fact, Burlington boasts the oldest city park system in the United States.
Lake Champlain, which is located on the north shore of Lake Champlain, is a popular attraction for boaters, anglers, and swimmers. On Lake Champlain, visitors can fish for shad, walleye, redfish, salmon, or trout. On the North Fork of Lake Champlain, whitefish and striped bass are abundant. For a great spot for fishing, try the fish hatchery off Lake Champlain, and keep your eyes peeled for some of the most colorful fish in the world.
The state’s largest and deepest body of water, Lake Champlain, is also its most popular lake. Recreational boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, kayaking, and whale watching are some of the activities available in the lake. If you want to get close to the action, camping is available in the lake’s Wilderness Area.
Visiting the scenery of Vermont, you will likely return year after year to continue your exploration of this charming state. If you plan to come each year, consider the amazing landscape that Vermont provides when you return each year.