Vermont is 160 miles long, 80 miles wide and is 75% forest. With a population of over 600,000 it’s best known for it’s lush Green Mountains, natural beauty, and maple syrup, it is a photographer’s paradise. Autumn explodes with color, snow-capped mountains poke their heads above the clouds in the winter, babbling brooks, waterfalls, rivers, and streams are lined with new green growth in the spring, people splash around in swimming holes, lakes, and ponds in the summer.
Here are ten places I recommend to any photographer who is new to Vermont. These are not in any special order.
Church Street, Burlington, Vermont
Church Street is always good for photography; street performers, parades, events, people watching, buildings and architecture are a few highlights.
Long Trail Shelters, All Over Vermont
The oldest long distance trail in the United States, the Long Trail is 273 miles long and is speckled with about 70 rustic shelters.
Burlington Mardi Gras Parade, Burlington, Vermont
The Burlington Mardi Gras Parade is always entertaining. It takes place in Burlington, Vermont around the Church Street Marketplace in March.
Richmond 4th of July Parade, Richmond, Vermont
Small town Richmond, Vermont (population about 4000) holds it’s annual 4th of July parade where you are guaranteed to see lawnmowers, tractors, monster mud trucks, horses, and four-wheelers parading through town.
The capital of Vermont is a small city called Montpelier. It’s home to about 7000-8000 residents.
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
45 acres of Vermont folk art and historic structures, there’s plenty to see here!
The Burlington Tunnel, Burlington, Vermont
The Burlington Tunnel is located by the skatepark at the Burlington Waterfront Park. You’ll have to get adventurous to find it, oh, and be careful, I would not want to be in that tunnel when a train comes!
UVM, Burlington, Vermont
Founded in 1791, The University of Vermont offers incredible architecture, art, and people watching.
One of Vermont’s highest peaks at 4,393 above sea level provides unmatched scenic vistas in every season.
Gillett Pond Huntington/Richmond, Vermont
Gillett Pond in Richmond and Huntington, Vermont provides eye-popping scenery in winter, spring, summer and fall.
By no means is this a comprehensive list of places to visit in Vermont. There are endless locations for photographers looking to capture some of the natural beauty of the Northeaster United States. Do you have any favorites? Let me know in the comments section.