10 Must-See Vermont Destinations For Photographers

10 Must-See Vermont Destinations For Photographers

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.

Upper Church Street December 14

Upper Church Street December 14

Crow Bookshop - Church Street - Burlington, Vermont

Crow Bookshop – Church Street – Burlington, Vermont

High on Church Street

High on Church Street

Street Performer - Church Street, Burlington, Vermont

Street Performer – Church Street, Burlington, Vermont

Lights on Church Street

Lights on Church Street

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.

Butler Lodge - Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Butler Lodge – Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Inside Butler Lodge - Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Inside Butler Lodge – Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Duck Brook Shelter - Long Trail

Duck Brook Shelter – Long Trail

Duck Brook Shelter - Long Trail

Duck Brook Shelter – Long Trail

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.

Mardi Gras Guy - Burlington, Vermont 2012

Mardi Gras Guy – Burlington, Vermont 2012

Bead Thrower - Burlington, Vermont - 2012

Bead Thrower – Burlington, Vermont – 2012

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2015 Burlington Mardi Gras Parade

2015 Burlington Mardi Gras Parade

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.

Pride - Richmond, Vermont 4th of July Parade 2013

Pride – Richmond, Vermont 4th of July Parade 2013

Richmond, Vermont 4th of July Parade 2013

Richmond, Vermont 4th of July Parade 2013

4th of July 2015 - Richmond, Vermont

4th of July 2015 – Richmond, Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont

The capital of Vermont is a small city called Montpelier.  It’s home to about 7000-8000 residents.

Montpelier Homes and the Winooski River

Montpelier Homes and the Winooski River

The Vermont State House - Montpelier, Vermont

The Vermont State House – Montpelier, Vermont

The Vermont State House

The Vermont State House

Church

Church

Ethan Allen - At The Vermont State House

Ethan Allen – At The Vermont State House

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

45 acres of Vermont folk art and historic structures, there’s plenty to see here!

Dead Bears - Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

Dead Bears – Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

Looking Out Over Shelburne, Vermont

Looking Out Over Shelburne, Vermont

The Ticonderoga 01 - Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

The Ticonderoga 01 – Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

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!

The Burlington Tunnel 01

The Burlington Tunnel 01

The Burlington Tunnel 02

The Burlington Tunnel 02

Light at the End of the Tunnel - Burlington, Vermont

Light at the End of the Tunnel – Burlington, Vermont

UVM, Burlington, Vermont

Founded in 1791, The University of Vermont offers incredible architecture, art, and people watching.

Figures - UVM, Burlington, Vermont

Figures – UVM, Burlington, Vermont

The Billings Library UVM, Burlington, Vermont

The Billings Library UVM, Burlington, Vermont

The Williams Science Hall UVM, Burlington, Vermont

The Williams Science Hall UVM, Burlington, Vermont

UVM Campus, Burlington, Vermont

UVM Campus, Burlington, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield

One of Vermont’s highest peaks at 4,393 above sea level provides unmatched scenic vistas in every season.

From Maple Ridge Trail - Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

From Maple Ridge Trail – Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Maple Ridge Trail Sign - Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Maple Ridge Trail Sign – Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

The Long Trail North - Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

The Long Trail North – Mt. Mansfield, Vermont

Gillett Pond Huntington/Richmond, Vermont

Gillett Pond in Richmond and Huntington, Vermont provides eye-popping scenery in winter, spring, summer and fall.

Gillett Pond Richmond/Huntington, Vermont

Gillett Pond Richmond/Huntington, Vermont

Gillett Pond Richmond/Huntington, Vermont

Gillett Pond Richmond/Huntington, Vermont

Gillett Pond Richmond/Huntington, Vermont

Gillett Pond Richmond/Huntington, Vermont

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.

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