Vermont's crisp fresh air, charming towns and its brilliant fall foliage, make this New England state a no-brainer for planning a wonderful autumn getaway.
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Craving an autumnal getaway but not sure where to start your planning? These five Vermont towns and cities offer a range of different amenities and activities, so you're sure to find the right spot for your group.
Overlooking scenic Lake Champlain, this small, walkable city makes a great base for a fall getaway in Vermont. Head to the Church Street Marketplace for shopping on a quaint pedestrian street, with numerous independent restaurants and cafes to be found right nearby. On warmer days, consider a boat trip to take in the surrounding foliage from a different point of view.
This town is best known as a winter sports destination, but in fall, you can hike the Thundering Falls Trail, see old-growth forest in Gifford Woods State Park, and enjoy a quieter season at the ski resorts' numerous restaurants.
Visit the Georgian Revival mansion and farms at Hildene, an estate once owned by Abraham Lincoln's son. Hike stunning Mount Equinox, and for a bit of culture, check out what's on at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, or just stroll the center's pretty sculpture garden.
In this beautiful town not far from Lake Dunmore, you can learn more about Vermont's itself. Start at the Vermont Folklife Museum, home to an excellent photo collection documenting local culture, and then stop by the Henry Sheldon Museum, home to the titular collector's private art collection as well exhibits on Vermont's history.
An easy choice for a fall getaway in Vermont is the state's capital city. Take a free tour of the Vermont State House's historic art collection, then get outdoors in nearby Hubbard Park, a 194-acre outdoor space.