Burlington (Vermont)
The Best of Burlington, Shelburne and the Champlain Islands
Experience Burlington’s walkability and history, enjoying visits to arts centers, city farmland and the new waterfront. Admire Americana in Shelburne and explore the Champlain Islands.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22385RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

With a population of just over 40,000, Vermont’s largest city is by no means a metropolis. But what Burlington lacks in population it makes up for in walkability, history, the arts and entrepreneurial pluckiness. Stroll Church Street Marketplace — a nationally recognized pedestrian walk lined with restaurants and shops, amid musicians, college students and street vendors — with a local historian. Go behind-the-scenes at several of the city’s arts organizations to learn the role they have played in cultural planning and discover Lake Champlain’s state-of-the-art science center. In Shelburne, admire a vast collection of Americana and folk art and learn about efforts to conserve local farmland. Experience centuries of history at a spiritual shrine and one of the oldest log cabins in the country on the Champlain Islands.
Activity Level
Walk up to two miles per day on uneven ground; some steep hills, brick and gravel paths.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Burlington’s history on expert-led walks of its waterfront and its historic downtown, including Church Street Marketplace.
  • Enjoy a private exploration of The Intervale Center, whose mission is to steward farmland and strengthen community food systems.
  • Explore Isle La Motte, North Hero and Grand Isle — the Champlain Islands — and enjoy lunch at an inn on the water.

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