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Description - Lovely Central Vermont is home to the state's capital, The New England Culinary Institute, the worlds largest granite industry and the recreation rich Green Mountains. There are rugged mountaintops to secluded streams for enjoying bird-watching, berry picking, paddleboating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more. Visitors will find seventeen state and twenty-nine private campgrounds, early 40 covered bridges and many historical sights including the American Precision Museum, Billings Farm and Museum, Chimney Point State Historic Site, Dana House, Ureka Schoolhouse State Historic Site, Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Justin Smith Morrill Homestead State Historic Site, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Montshire Museum of Science, Mt. Independence State Historic Site, New England Maple Museum, Old Constitution House State Historic Site, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Rokeby Museum, Sheldon Museum, Vermont Institute of Natural Science and Raptor Center, Vermont Marble Exhibit and the Wilson Castle.

Attractions - Central Vermont is home to the pristine capitol city of Montpelier which is nestled amidst beautiful lakes and streams running through rolling hills. Golf courses and ski resorts abound. There is even a maple sugar farm just north of the capitol city. The New England Culinary Institute makes its home in the region as well. Just below the capitol city is Barre which boasts a population of over 10,000 due to being the granite center of the world. Farther south in the region, the beautiful Green Mountains are a year-round playground destination for folks of all ages. Historical sites and museums are sprinkled throughout including American Precision Museum, Billings Farm and Museum, Chimney Point State Historic Site, Dana House, Ureka Schoolhouse State Historic Site, Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, Justin Smith Morrill Homestead State Historic Site, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Montshire Museum of Science, Mt. Independence State Historic Site, New England Maple Museum, Old Constitution House State Historic Site, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Rokeby Museum, Sheldon Museum, Vermont Institute of Natural Science and Raptor Center, Vermont Marble Exhibit and the Wilson Castle.

Recreation - With thousands of acres and hundreds of miles of trails within Central Vermont, Green Mountains National Forest offers endless opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy year-round outdoor recreation. There are rugged mountain tops to secluded streams for enjoying bird-watching, berry picking, paddleboating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.

Nearly 40 covered bridges, many on the National Register of Historic Places may be enjoyed along the country roads and pastoral highways of central Vermont.

Seventeen state and twenty-nine private campgrounds offer overnight facilities for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, picnicking, swimming and a varied of water sports are enjoyed at both.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. Central Vermont has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Location - The Central Vermont Travel Region falls of course within the central portion of the state, stretching between the states of New York and New Hampshire. The northern border is a zig-zag across the state running below the city of Burlington, above the state capitol of Montpelier and dropping below the city of St. Johnsbury. The southern boundary is a fairly straight horizontal line running from North Rupert to Weston, slightly dropping to Londonderry and ending at Charlestown.


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Filed By: Jeanne Hiltz LaPorte (Leicester, VT)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Getting to know the people, and the Slow and easy life style. Once you get the hang on the life style of these hard working people, they are certainely the nicest and most careing people on God's GREEN EARTH - GREEN MOUNTAINS. There are many forks in the road, but it's OK - Get lost on them, as there is always a beautiful picture just around the bend, and the folks are always ready to get you back on the right track, again. I'm originally from Maine, however, the first time I came here, which was about Forty (40) years ago, I fell in love with Vermont, and stayed here. However, I also fell in love with the guy I married, who is a typical Vermonter. No mistake on either...jahl


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Contact Information:
Vermont Department of Travel & Tourism, 134 State Street , Montpelier, VT, 05602, Phone: 800-VERMONT

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - Vermont - The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles. The white-blazed trail passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, 2 national parks and numerous state parks. The Vermont segment of the A.T. spans about 146 miles, contiguous with the Long Trail for 95 miles stretching from Stamford near the Massachusetts state line up to the Mendon area. From US 4 the Long Trail bears north and the Appalachian Trail continues eastbound.
Vermont Travel Regions - Experience the beautiful state of Vermont! Rich cultural heritage, lush green valleys and picturesque rocky mountain peaks offer the visitor endless natural enjoyment throughout the three travel regions.

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