Lake Champlain and Burlington, VT

Burlington, Vermont

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After the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain is the next largest inland lake in the United States. Extending southward from Canada, the 120-mile-long lake lies between New York State and Vermont, whose boundaries claim two-thirds of the lake. The bays, islands, and miles of Vermont shoreline are havens for swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, windsurfing, water-skiing—and just relaxing. (Keep an eye out for Champ, the sea monster who has allegedly been spotted several times over the years.) Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, sits on the terraced eastern slopes of Lake Champlain and is the headquarters for navigation around the lake. It’s also an important business and educational center, home to the University of Vermont. Burlington offers easy access not only to such water pursuits as boating, fishing, and cruising but also to mountain splendors. To the city’s east are the Green Mountains, and across the lake rise the Adirondacks. As a result, Burlington is an excellent base for outdoor pursuits. The region offers plenty of hiking trails, plus skiing in winter and scenic road trips in fall.
Great Family Vacations: Northeast

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Great Family Vacations: Northeast

by Candyce H. Stapen (The Globe Pequot Press)

After the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain is the next largest inland lake in the United States. Extending southward from Canada, the 120-mile-long lake lies between New York State and Vermont, whose boundaries claim two-thirds of the lake. The bays, islands, and miles of Vermont shoreline are havens for swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, windsurfing, water-skiing—and just relaxing. (Keep an eye out for Champ, the sea monster who has allegedly been spotted several times over the years.) Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, sits on the terraced eastern slopes of Lake Champlain and is the headquarters for navigation around the lake.

It’s also an important business and educational center, home to the University of Vermont. Burlington offers easy access not only to such water pursuits as boating, fishing, and cruising but also to mountain splendors. To the city’s east are the Green Mountains, and across the lake rise the Adirondacks. As a result, Burlington is an excellent base for outdoor pursuits. The region offers plenty of hiking trails, plus skiing in winter and scenic road trips in fall.

©  Candyce H. Stapen/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Burlington
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Champlain and Burlington, VT

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2005
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The Shelburne museaum is excellent. The kids (7 and 10) loved it, as did my wife and I.


7/8/2003
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Our Family was staying in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. We took the ferry over to Burlington and did day trips around the region. This guide is very useful, and the info on the Shelbourne museum was useful and definately worth the visit. This musuem is a unique mix of history with really world class fine art. My three year old also got a kick out of the Carosel, and the old time school play yard as well as the working blacksmith. We also went down to the Ben and Jerry's factory tour, and did other outdoor activities in the area. If you are in Burlington, this guide will surely be of some help.



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