A holiday in Vermont will let you explore some of the lushest, greenest landscapes in the whole of the United States. Speaking of which, the forest-shrouded Green Mountains offer an iconic setting for hikers, while you can see if you can spot Vermont's answer to Nessie by going to the lovely Lake Champlain and keeping an eye out for its legendary monster. There's plenty of skiing and snowboarding to be enjoyed at resorts like Okemo and Killington, while pretty towns like Bennington, Windsor and Morrisville are steeped in New England charm.
Direct flights to Vermont are not available from the United Kingdom, but carriers including US Airways, KLM and Air France all offer indirect flights from a wide variety of airports including Manchester, London Heathrow, Birmingham and Glasgow International. The gateway to your Vermont holiday will be Burlington International Airport, which is well served by buses and taxis.
The state has an extensive public transport system. Indeed, considerable discounts are offered on the train networks if you book online ahead of your holiday in Vermont. However, if you really want to explore the region (and with a state as rich in great scenery as this, why wouldn't you?), then you can always hire a car in Vermont. This will really give you the freedom to not only seek out the pastrol pleasures of the state, but to also drive from town to town Vermont's communities are picture-postcard New England treasures, with quaint wooden buildings, parks, lakes and history at every turn. A car's the ideal way to see it all, so hire one while arranging your holiday.
Hotels in the USA are very plentiful, and Vermont being such a popular destination with tourists is no exception. Yes, there are big plush hotels with foaming spas set in acres of land, but you can get a real feel for the state by staying in small inns and bed and breakfasts. Make sure you look online first to find the right spot that's closest to the areas you're hoping to explore.
One thing to bear in mind is the foliage season. This is when the sweeping forests of the state erupt in reds, ambers and oranges, and it's truly one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world. It's also a time when hordes of tourists pour into the state to enjoy the splendour for themselves, so accommodation can be very expensive or hard to come by. If you're thinking of visiting between September and October, it's vital you book as far ahead as possible to avoid disappointment!
Updated 15th May 2013
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