Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Accessible Travel

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A person in a wheelchair seen from behind navigating a gravel path.

Accessible Travel in Vermont

From Vermont’s highest peak to New England’s longest rail trail, accessible travel experiences are available in many forms throughout the Green Mountains. Adaptive recreation programs for skiing, riding, sailing, mountain biking, and more open up outdoor recreation to every body in Vermont. Caring communities and accessible downtown infrastructure offer accessible attractions like the Brattleboro Words Trail, exploring southern Vermont’s literary history, wheelchair-accessible boardwalks with stunning mountain views, and inspiring and inventive museums and galleries. Whether you’re shredding Vermont’s first mountain bike trail built with adaptive bikes in mind, sampling locally grown food, craft beer, wine, and spirits, or taking in views of the Ottauquechee River from above, Vermont’s accessible adventure starts here.

Summer in Vermont is for Every Body

Summer in Vermont is made for enjoying long days and warm weather outside. All ability levels are able to get out and play together on accessible trails for hiking and mountain biking with infrastructure designed to accommodate various needs.

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Wheelchair-Accessible Vermont Adventure

Blogger and wheelchair user Cory Lee tours Vermont for a week of accessible adventure in the fall, from sampling maple syrup and seeing wild birds up close to taking in beautiful waterfall views on accessible trails.

Winter in the Mad River Valley

Vermont is the ultimate place to explore the outdoors. Emily and Erik love visiting the Mad River Valley in the winter because everything they need is close at hand, from shopping and dining to great adaptive skiing through Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports at Sugarbush. A welcoming community and culture of accessibility region-wide makes the area more accessible, too, allowing those with different mobility needs to enjoy the same experience as their loved ones.

The view from the top of a Vermont mountain, with green fields and buildings visible below and other mountains in the background.
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Scenic Drives to the Top

Vermont’s auto toll roads and mountain passes mean gorgeous scenery is visible without having to leave your car. Both Mount Equinox in southern Vermont and Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak up north, have auto toll roads, and the road to the top of Mount Philo is seasonally open through Vermont State Parks. Gap roads that wrap around dramatic mountains, like the Appalachian Gap and Smugglers Notch, turn your windshield into a personal scenic vista.

A person on an adaptive bike rides a mountain bike trail in the summer.

Adaptive Mountain Biking

Bolton’s Driving Range is the first mountain biking trail network in Vermont that was designed and built with adaptive bikes in mind. That’s not to say the trails are easy; its berms, bridges, and jumps promise excitement for all riders who take it on.

Every Body in the Family Can Get Outside

Vermont’s natural beauty is best enjoyed together. Get to know Chase and his family and see how Vermont Adaptive creates opportunities for every body to get outside and ride bikes, paddle, sail, hike, play tennis, and more.

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High Fives Foundation Ski a Thon

High Fives Foundation Ski a Thon

Kelly Brush Ride

Kelly Brush Ride
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Vermont Adaptive

Nonprofit Vermont Adaptive works to bring accessible skiing, mountain biking, and other programming to resorts and recreation areas around the state, ensuring sports and Vermont’s natural beauty are for every body.

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