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Burlington, VT
Travel Guide

Waterfront Park showing a bay or harbor

Vermont’s largest city offers beautiful lakeside views, a thriving cultural scene, wineries, craft breweries and delicious dining experiences in which local produce shines.

Visit the New England city of Burlington to enjoy a lively college town with beautiful bike paths, redbrick buildings and views of the Adirondack Mountains.

As Vermont’s largest town, Burlington features a busy city center. With over 100 shops and restaurants, this is a great place to get a feel for the area. Walk along the redbrick Church Street Marketplace and sample some Burlington specialties. Try craft beer from local microbreweries, which are very common throughout the city. Taste a scoop of locally founded Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream at the Church Street store. Drink a cup of gourmet coffee from one of the many cafés.

Rent a bike from one of the local businesses to take a ride on the 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) Burlington Bike Path. The path follows Lake Champlain for several miles, passing through six of Burlington’s waterfront parks. Head out to Colchester Point for one of the best views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains behind it. Stop at Oakledge Park to see the lakeside earth clock, which is a circle of 14 stones arranged around a sundial.

Visit the University of Vermont to the east of town. Featuring open greens with crisscrossing pathways, mammoth brick buildings and a bright,white church steeple, the campus is one of New England’s finest.

Make sure to catch a sunset over Lake Champlain. The sight of the sun going down behind the Adirondack Mountains attracts people to the shoreline each evening.

The best way to arrive in town is by bus or car, which takes about 3.5 hours from Boston and under 2 hours from Montreal. You can also fly into the Burlington International Airport. Although beautiful year-round, a popular time to visit Burlington is during the fall, when the local trees have turned vibrantly colorful.

Where to stay in Burlington

Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain
Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain
3.5 out of 5
60 Battery St, Burlington, VT
The price is $152 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in the heart of Burlington, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Champlain, Waterfront Park, and Lake Champlain Ferry. Church Street Marketplace ...
3.8/5Good! (1,059 reviews)
"Great Location and view. Coffee bar on our floor."

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain
DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
3.5 out of 5
870 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT
The price is $107 per night from May 31 to May 31
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Vermont, Champlain College, and Church Street Marketplace. Lake Champlain and Waterfront ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,116 reviews)
"Easy location from major highways and access to downtown Burlington. Very clean and safe with Covid precautions"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Burlington Williston
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Burlington Williston
2.5 out of 5
2844 St George Road, Williston, VT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $88 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Williston North, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Champlain Valley Exposition, University of Vermont, and Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Essex ...
4.2/5Excellent! (983 reviews)
"Nice ,clean and close to restaurants"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Burlington Williston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lakeshore Vermont
Lakeshore Vermont
4 out of 5
76 West Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, VT
Nestled on the beach, this Malletts Bay condo building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Champlain and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Sunset Drive-In Theater. Airport Park ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (39 reviews)
"Wonderful stay. Beautiful view."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Lakeshore Vermont
The Anchorage
The Anchorage
2 out of 5
117 Featherbed Lane, South Hero, VT
Nestled on the beach, this South Hero cabin is just steps from Lake Champlain Islands and Lake Champlain. Sand Bar State Park is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Beautiful location, lovely cabins. Definitely will be back!"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

The Anchorage
81B East Allen 2 Bedroom Apartment Downtown Winooski
81B East Allen 2 Bedroom Apartment Downtown Winooski
Winooski, VT
The price is $160 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Winooski, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Winooski Falls Mill District and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Vermont and Lake Champlain. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Perfect for quick trip
"This was a great space to stay for a quick visit in a lively neighborhood - exactly what we wanted."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

81B East Allen 2 Bedroom Apartment Downtown Winooski
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Burlington

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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 16, 2020

Delicious and unique food, friendly service at restaurants and lots to see and do!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 23, 2020

Phish phans, go to Nectar's and order fries with gravy...

3/5 - Okay

Julie

Jan 16, 2020

Environment friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 20, 2019

I love to visit Burlington and especially enjoy the restaurants and live music. There is always something fun to do in Burlington.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 4, 2019

We have always loved Burlington and have been going to the area for over 50 years to shop and eat.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 3, 2019

It’s a beautiful place to visit all year long

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