Burlington Travel Guide
Lake Champlain © Jscarreiro
Situated in Chittenden County, Burlington is Vermont's biggest city and is a lively university town with a creative spirit and growing tech industry. Ideally located on Lake Champlain's eastern shore between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, the city boasts galleries, museums, historic architecture, top-class shopping and a host of outdoor activities.
Originally one of the leading ports in the country, with steamboat traffic on the lake boosting the local economy, the city was also the site of an important military hospital and army post during the War of 1812. Burlington continues to be voted one of the top cities to live in the USA and has a friendly, college-town atmosphere, which draws millions of visitors a year.
Attractions in Burlington include historic sites, produce and craft markets, lake cruises and chocolate shops, and the city has a beautiful riverside setting and surrounding landscapes that invite all kinds of outdoor recreation. As one would expect from a city which is home to tens of thousands of students, Burlington has a vibrant nightlife - undoubtedly the best in Vermont - making it a fun destination for youngsters in search of a party atmosphere.
The village of Shelburne, which has essentially become part of Burlington as the city expands, is a hotspot for tourists, and the well-loved ski resort of Stowe is only a short drive away.