Historic Downtown


Seen from above, a vibrant town center with a parade of people walking down the main street on a sunny day.
Two paved sidewalks with red flowers lead to a large white stone building with a golden Rotunda on a sunny day.

Montpelier, Vermont

The golden dome of the Vermont State House presides over Vermont’s capital, the only one in the U.S. without a McDonald’s or Starbucks. Nestled where two rivers meet and sheltered by surrounding hillsides, Montpelier’s scenic beauty is abundant. Discover ample recreation opportunities, independent shops, and outdoor recreation in one of the 100 best small arts towns.

Explore Downtown

Vermont’s small but diverse capital is home to some of the finest small-town shopping in the U.S., a beautiful historic downtown, and culture that recognizes the power of organic and authentic community-building. Miles of trails for hiking, biking, and skiing wrap around Montpelier, offering plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation and exploration at your own pace.

A golden dome with a marble statue on top. Trees are visible in the foreground and the sky is blue.
The inside of a legislative chamber, with red velvet drapes on the windows and ornate red carpets.

Vermont State House

The golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse crowns the capital city. Its House and Senate chambers are the oldest active legislative halls in the United States that have preserved their original interiors. Explore it and discover details like fossils in the limestone floor and a marble statue of Ceres topping the iconic dome.

Children sit at a table doing arts and crafts.
Two people play instruments outdoors.

Montpelier ArtWalk

First Fridays in Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.

More than 20 art openings in one night in downtown Montpelier, many with the artist present and local food.

Eat, Shop, and Stay in Montpelier







Transportation Options

For Montpelier

Amtrak Station

297 Junction Road 
Montpelier, VT 05602

Local Transportation

  • Car Rental services:  Enterprise 
  • Taxi Service and/or Rideshare: Payless Taxi, Green Mountain Taxi, Star Cab, Uber, Lyft 
  • Bus services: Green Mountain Transit 
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Trip planning resources with Montpelier’s local downtown organization.

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