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One of the smallest and least populated states in the country, Vermont continues to make headway in the tourism industry in the United States. It borders Quebec to the north, and being only about a seven-hour drive from Toronto, it’s a popular destination for Canadians in Ontario, Quebec and on the East Coast. The state has several qualities in common with Canada: it has a significant amount of forest cover, the weather is similar throughout the year and it is known for being a producer of maple syrup. In fact, Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the US.

Vermont was the first state to partially abolish slavery and it played a key role in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to Canada. It is also the birthplace of two former US presidents, Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge.

Most travellers come to the state for its large ski areas, summer resort towns, fishing, hiking, hunting, horse shows, state parks and the increasing number of spas and boutique hotels. Whether you are flying in for a week or driving across the state, comprehensive travel insurance will ensure that you have a stress-free trip.

Top attractions and travel tips for Vermont

Although Vermont is increasingly becoming known for its country inns, boutique hotels and outdoor activities, it has so much more to offer. If you love ice cream, Vermont is the perfect place to visit because it is home to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory – a must-visit attraction if you are in the area. Other top destinations include the Magic Hat Brewing Company, Smugglers’ Notch State Park, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and Jay Peak Resort, and Church Street Marketplace for great shopping and dining. Note that one of the state’s most popular attractions, Shelburne Farms, is closed mid-October through mid-May, but you can visit the Shelburne Museum year-round.

Vermont is also home to countless festivals throughout the year, including the Vermont Maple Festival, Festival on the Green, the Vermont Dairy Festival, the Vermont Apple Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Vermont Brewers Festival.

If you plan to go skiing, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Q Burke Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort and Magic Mountain Ski Area are some of the many great hills worth considering on your trip.

Vermont is one of the few places that is great to visit year-round. During the summer, it’s the perfect location for a scenic drive, and in the winter, it attracts skiers from around the world, but the fall may the best time to visit. The beautiful autumn colours of Vermont make the fall a perfect season to enjoy a romantic spa getaway.

Travel insurance for vacations in Vermont

As you plan your trip to Vermont, be sure to choose a reliable travel insurance package for your getaway. Even if you are only visiting for the weekend, having Blue Cross travel insurance will let you put your mind at ease and focus on enjoying your trip. We have travel insurance solutions for all travellers and for all types of trips. Regardless of how long you are travelling, where you are staying or how many people you have in your group, we have personalized travel insurance solutions to fit your needs and your travel budget. Contact us today for a hassle-free travel insurance quote or get a quote online. Travel with confidence in knowing Blue Cross has you covered.