Camping Near Champlain
Burlington, Vermont's largest city, sits on the shores of Lake Champlain, but fortunately the city is very small and the lake is quite large. Besides the numerous state parks, there are many private campgrounds located on or near the shore that provide not only modern campsites, but also water access.
State Park System
Like the state itself, the state park system of Vermont is relatively small but interspersed with some scenic parks that provide roadside campsites and rented cabins. For a taste of Vermont outdoors, visitors should explore the state parks at Grande Isle, Button Bay, Burton Island, Kettle Pond, Half Moon Pond or Wilgus.
The Country Inn
Vermont is also famous for its country inns. The list of small town rural inns is quite long and varied, but the towns of Stowe, Quechee, Woodstock, Smuggler's Notch, Okemo, Ludlow and Manchester always seem to appear high on such lists. The Green Mountain Inn, the Woodstock Inn, the Dorset Inn, the Basin Harbor Club, the Quechee Inn, the Middlebury Inn and Four Columns Inn are just some of the more popular country inns.
Four-Season Ski Resorts
Most ski resorts not only have busy winter seasons, when the slopes are covered with snow, but also a more quiet and peaceful off-season, where many warm weather activities are possible. A summer or fall visit to Jay Peak, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe Mountain, Sugarbush or Pico-Killington can be just as enjoyable as the winter time.
The Long Trail
The Appalachian Trail swings through the southern section of the state, but at the town of Woodstock, the Long Trail branches out and heads north through the rugged Green Mountains. Lean-tos are spaced apart at hikeable distances for the entire length of this trail system.