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Looking for fun on your vacation? Whether your idea of fun is to take a hike, hit the mall, or explore galleries and museums, you'll find lots of attractions to keep you entertained as you travel through Vermont.
Start with the state's great natural beauty. The Green Mountain State has lots of mountains offering terrific scenic views. In spring and summer, take a hike through a shaded forest. In autumn, the red, gold, and purple of the changing leaves means following a trail is like walking through a rainbow. A driving tour through the state, taking in Bennington, Ludlow, Rutland, Burlington, and Waterbury, is a great way to take in the fall colors. Of course, when winter coats the mountains in snow, the attractions go beyond winter hiking to snowing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
Along with the state's own beauty, the state's own man-made products also appeal to visitors. From Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury to Cold Hollow Cider Mill, also in Waterbury, to The Apple Barn & Country Bake in Bennington and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne, there are lots of chances to try out products made locally. Don't miss making a delicious visit to the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory. Visit Chittendon Orchard and Cider Mill in South Burlington to pick your own apples.
Our museums and historic homes also attract visitors' attention. The New England Maple Museum in Rutland teaches you about maple sugaring and offers tastes of the fresh product. Also in Rutland, the Vermont Marble Museum is a great way to learn about another Vermont product. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Rutland shows off the work of the great artist who captured the American way of life in the early and mid-20th century.
Don't miss the Wilson Castle in Rutland, a house museum built in a blend of styles back in 1867. You might meet a ghost on your tour. Wander through the Waterbury Village Historic District, where more than 200 buildings dating back to the 1800s are preserved. The Park McCullough House, in North Bennington, was built in 1864.
Explore history at the Bennington Battle Monument, where a Revolutionary War victory occurred. Head up to the outdoor viewing deck for views over the surrounding countryside. The Bennington Museum has other artifacts from early Vermont, as well as Granda Moses art and other exhibits. The Vermont State House and the Vermont History Museum, both in Montpelier, are also great choices to learn about the state and its history.
Head to Church Street Marketplace in Burlington for shopping and entertainment. You'll find the indoor Burlington Town Center mall, plus an outdoor mall with vendors and street entertainers. Shops include Macy's and L.L. Bean, so you can find everything you need for a night out on the town or a day out in the mountains. If you're a baseball fan, head to Centennial Field in South Burlington to watch the Vermont Lake Monsters, a New York-Penn League team associated with the Oakland A's.