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Itineraries for Ideas and Inspiration

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Whether your trip to Vermont will be a mid-week getaway or a month long retreat, our itineraries are great sources for ideas for exploring the Green Mountain State. For foodies there's tasting tours for wine, beer, distilled spirits and cheese. For culture junkies artist studio tours, the Marble Trail, Civil War guide and guide to African American Heritage provide a variety of perspectives. Palate to Palette is a delicious mash up of farm, food and the arts, while outdoor recreation, scenic drives, Vermont Byways, walking tours and the birding guide lure you into Vermont's great outdoors. However your spirit is moved, let us help you find what you're looking for.

And should you lose your way, or if you are looking for local advice on more places to visit you may want to stop at one of over fifty Vermont Ambassador Information Centers, where staff will give you a local recommendation.
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African American Heritage Trail 

For the stories of Vermont’s early African Americans citizens, this guide recommends museums and cultural sites, exhibits, films, tours and personal explorations. You'll meet teachers, storytellers, activists, ministers and legislators who made Vermont and the nation a better place for all.

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Artist Studio Tours

Vermont is home to an impressive number of highly talented artists and craftspeople who open their studios to welcome visitors for conversation, demonstrations, browsing and sales. Learn more: Vermont Open Studio and Putney Craft Tour.

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Vermont Byways

The best way to experience Vermont is to leave the highways and travel the secondary roads. Vermont Byways are located throughout the state and range in length from 14 miles to over 500 miles. Historic sites, cultural and culinary experiences, recreational opportunities and incredible scenery abound.

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Birding Trail

All you have to do is stop, look, and listen. With a varied landscape of forests, meadows and water features, Vermont is a great location for viewing everything from large flocks of migratory birds to solitary song birds. Check out the Birding Trail for viewing areas, places to visit and birding events.

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Brewery Challenge

Small state. Big beer. Maybe there's something in the water. Maybe there's something in the air. Whatever it is, Vermont's brewers are making magic with it. The Vermont Brewers Association invites you to go on a tasting tour to decide for yourself what’s up with our northern brews.

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Cheese Trail

The Vermont Cheese Council introduces you to more than 40 cheesemakers who produce over 150 varieties of small-batch, sheep, cow and goat specialty cheeses and have won literally scores of awards. Travel the trail for tours and tastings of fresh and aged cheese varieties.

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Covered Bridges

Does your bucket list include visiting a Covered Bridge? Vermont has more than 100 covered bridges, ranging from small constructions built over country streams to the longest two-span covered bridge in the world. Pack a picnic and take to the road. The covered bridges await you.

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Distilled Spirits Tasting Tour

Vermont is home to some of America’s finest artisanal distilleries, proudly producing small batch spirits the Vermont way…hand-crafted, locally sourced and top quality. Sample local flavors and observe the fermentation and distillation processes to discover what makes each spirit unique.

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Filmed in Vermont

Take a “star-studded” road-trip discovering Vermont film history. Run through fall foliage with Forrest Gump, laugh along Lake Champlain with Jim Carrey in Me, Myself and Irene and reminisce with Diane Keaton at the Vermont Country Store in Baby Boom. There are dozens of locations and film festivals to explore.

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Forest Heritage Trail

Vermont forests are rich in northern hardwoods ideal for making fine wooden products. The Forest Heritage Trail directs visitors to explore a centrally located managed forest and visit a variety of woodshops and showrooms making fine furniture, hand-turned bowls, and wooden toys and games.

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Marble Trail

The Vermont Marble Trail is a driving tour along the geological marble corridor running the length of western Vermont. Visitors will find a wealth of historical, artistic and cultural experiences as they visit towns and villages where marble was quarried, manufactured and utilized.

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Outdoor Recreation Trails

From hiking to biking to skiing to horseback riding, and for everything from water trails to motorized trails, trailFINDER helps you find an outdoor activity near to wherever you are in Vermont. Get out, get active, and explore.

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Palate to Palette

Embark on a feast of food, farms and the arts. You'll find everything from artisan chocolates, farmstead cheese and maple cream, to exemplary theater, music, visual arts, and fine craft, as well as recommendations for lodgings and restaurants that feature fresh locally produced products.

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Scenic Drives

Vermont is perfect for touring by car, motorcycle or antique auto. Scenic routes offer sweeping forest and farmland vistas, and meanderings through villages and on quiet country roads. Along the way you’ll find lots of side excursions – from cafes to curio shops to trailheads for swimming, short hikes and valley views.

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Vermont and the Civil War

Experience the fervor of Abolitionists, the bravery and dedication of Vermont's soldiers, and the drama of the northern-most land action of the Civil War. Visit museums, historic sites, and public memorials; explore preserved towns and villages, and hike local trails to discover Vermont’s Civil War history.

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Walking and Driving Tours

Explore Vermont along unhurried roadways and in pedestrian-friendly downtowns, where visitors are always warmly welcomed. Walking tours expose the layers of history to show how many Vermont towns have grown and prospered through the centuries.

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Wine Trail

Raise your glass to Vermont’s fine wine, fruit wine, ice wine, ciders and meads. Hardy grapes, sweet fruit and luscious honey are being transformed into award winning varieties. Embark on a Vermont Grape and Wine Council tasting tour that’s bound to please every palate.

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Vermont Culinary Experiences

Vermont’s scenic roadways lead to delicious, local cuisine by artisan chefs, creative food companies and passionate farmers.This six-day itinerary offers a sumptuous smorgasbord of Vermont agrarian and food experiences. Hungry for more? More Vermont culinary tours are at DIGINVT.COM.