Located right on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain rests the lovely small city of Burlington, Vermont. Burlingtonians are proud of their home, and it shows. The city overflows with culture, scenic beauty, and a rich history. You can get the best of both worlds here, with an adorable downtown area and nearby stunning nature, and your rental car will get you from point A to point B easily and quickly.
One of the most unexpected sights to see in Burlington is Wilson Castle. While we normally think of castles in an itinerary for cities in Europe, this estate is an impressive one with over thirty rooms and three stories. In addition to the English brick and French marble architectural elements, it also has a large greenhouse and an aviary.
Burlington, Vermont is home to many fascinating museums, so history and art buffs will truly love their time here. The Rokeby Museum is a must-see. As it is dedicated to the history of the Underground Railroad, it remains one of sites to learn more about this time. For some creative inspiration, the Fleming Museum is sure to satisfy with its exhibits of world-class art and incredibly diverse visual culture. Additionally, the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain rests right on the waterfront, and it aims to educate people about the ecology of the area. Plus, it houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors.
Grab some food at any number of restaurants in Church Street Marketplace. A place that tourists and locals alike will enjoy, you’ll find anything from classy Italian fare at Pascolo Ristorante to mouthwatering burgers at Church & Main Restaurant.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Lake Champlain Chocolates for some gourmet handmade treats. From gift baskets to seasonal truffles, this is the ideal spot to pick up a unique and delicious souvenir for friends, family, and yourself. You can also take a free factory tour to take in some of the aromas and sights and to learn all about how chocolate is made. See how their truffles, caramels, almond butter crunch, and other goodies are made, and indulge in a couple of free samples.
Depending on the length of your stay, you can also explore outside of Burlington. For hiking, head to nearby Mount Mansfield, Camels Hump State Park, or CC Putnam State Forest to witness gorgeous views and even a few waterfalls. To experience some Canadian city life, Montreal is a mere two hour drive, making it a perfect day trip or weekend addition to your stay (just don’t forget your passport!).
Burlington, Vermont is a true delight of a city, and having a car gives you the freedom to explore it at your own pace. We at Orbitz offer a variety of rental car classes at competitive rates, making it easy to enjoy all that this wonderful little city has to offer.