Explore rugged beauty and quaint towns in the heart of the Green Mountain State
Central Vermont is home to the Green Mountain National Forest, which welcomes visitors for leaf-peeping during fall foliage along with hiking and camping. National byways and scenic drives take you to the most-loved corners of the region.
Central Vermont hosts the state capital of Montpelier and a variety of historic downtowns—Brandon, Rutland, Vergennes, Woodstock, White River Junction, Middlebury and Randolph. Families will enjoy Billings Farm and Museum and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Woodstock and the New England Maple Museum in Rutland. The history of the state's marble and granite quarries is on display at the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor.
A place of great natural beauty is the scenic canyon of Quechee Gorge near Woodstock. At this Grand Canyon of the East, visitors see the Ottauquechee River flowing 165 feet below from points along Route 4.
Montpelier, the smallest capital in America with a population under 8,000 people, is a charming historic town with the largest urban historic district in Vermont. The crown jewel is the impeccably restored State House. The gold leaf dome includes real gold and offers a spectacular contrast with the wooded hillside of Hubbard Park in the background. The thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as one of the best 100 small arts towns in the U.S.
Barre is known as the Granite Center of the World. Several prominent sculptures and granite-faced buildings reflect this heritage. Its famed quarries at the edge of town are sprawling and spectacular—the biggest is 500 feet deep and is laced with a 15-mile network of cables and derricks to hoist the slabs up to 250 tons out from the depths. Rock of Ages offers self-guided factory tours where you can watch stone craftsmen at work.
For More Information:
Vermont State Department of Tourism