Formed millions of years ago by the collision of continents, glacial activity and natural erosion, the Northeast Kingdom landscape emerged as rolling hills, rising mountains and pristine lakes. Time and human habitation have softened the edges, leaving thick forests, lush pastures and meandering streams, as well as picturesque villages, enduring farmsteads and impressive historic edifices.
Today, the Kingdom is among the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Indeed the area is so special that in 2006 the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations gave the region a Geotourism designation. Recently the Northeast Kingdom was ranked as the #1 Geotourism destination in the United States, and among the top 10 in the world.
The Northeast Kingdom Byway - a 51-mile corridor including the communities of Saint Johnsbury, Lyndon, East and West Burke, Westmore, Charleston, Derby and Newport - offers endless recreational opportunities throughout the seasons, notable dining and lodging facilities, quintessential Vermont villages resplendent with classic architecture, enduring farmland, and a rich diversity of art, unique shops, entertainment, and events all year long.
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History & Heritage
From covered bridges and historically intact towns and villages, history surrounds the Northeast Kingdom visitor. Must-see museums include the Old Stone House Museum in the pastoral village of Brownington, and the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium – a unique natural history museum in historic St. Johnsbury.
Arts & Culture
In a region where simplicity overshadows technology, artists, craftspeople, writers, and musicians have found inspiration in the hills, trees, lakes, and villages. A stroll through Northeast Kingdom galleries, museums, studios, and workshops reveals the influence of time and tradition on the creative spirit.
Chews & Brews
There’s much activity in the Kingdom when it comes to specialty beverages and artisanal foods. Visit area farm stands and farmers markets for an abundance of fresh produce, and pick-it-yourself farms for the fresh delights of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, corn, pumpkins, and more.