Burlington is the largest city in the American state of Vermont, with a population of over 39,000. Situated on Lake Champlain, it is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmoplitan center. Known for its ultra-liberal environment and free-thinking spirit, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere.
Burlington International Airport (IATA: BTV) (ICAO: KBTV), Airport Drive, Phone: 802-863-1889, . Flights arrive daily via several carriers from as far away as Chicago and Orlando. Travelers from farther afield will have to make a connection in a larger city. There are non-stop flights to Burlington Airport from the following cities (some cities may be seasonal or only offer service certain days of the week): Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington.
Interstate 89 lies just to the east of town. The town center is accessible via exit 14W, while the south end of town can be accessed Interstate 189 at exit 13. Interstate 89 continues north to the Canadian border at Highgate, and south to the New Hampshire border. It is a 6 hour drive from New York City, a 3.5 hour drive from Boston and a 1.5 hour drive from Montreal.
The closest Amtrak station is in Essex Junction, about a 10-15 minute drive to the east. Amtrak provides daily service to Washington, D.C. via New York City. During the summer season, Amtrak's Adirondack stops at Port Kent, NY, where transfer can be made to the Burlington-Port Kent ferry (see ferry directions below). The Adirondack provides daily service between New York City and Montreal, Quebec, following the scenic shores of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.
Ferry service is available seasonally from downtown Burlington to Port Kent, NY across Lake Champlain; this gives access to the Adirondacks area of New York state. See the Lake Champlain Transportation  for schedule and rates.
Downtown Burlington is one of the most walkable and beautiful small cities in New England, and you'd do well to get out of your car (parking in city and most private garages is free for the first 2 hours, and all day on Sundays) and soak it in.
There are car rental offices at Burlington International Airport, including Hertz, Avis and Thrifty. Traffic is generally bad during the normal crunch half-hours (7:45 to 8:15 and 4:45 to 5:15). Williston Road to the east and Shelburne Road to the south are congested during those hours, and, unfortunately, unavoidable for the most part.
Burlington and the surrounding communities of Winooski, South Burlington, Shelburne, Colchester and Essex Junction are served by the Chittenden County Transportation Authortity (CCTA) which operates public buses. Buses are generally clean, uncrowded and relatively cheap. The main terminal is in downtown Burlington at the intersection of Church St. and Cherry St.
Burlington is a bike-friendly city. There are various bike lanes around the downtown area, and thanks to slow traffic and often courteous drivers, getting around the greater Burlignton area on bike is a breeze. In the summer extra bicycle parking is made available, and low bike related crime helps encourage everyone to get on their bikes. Bikes can be rented at Local Motion located on the waterfront or at some of the other bicycle shops around town.
People - Burlington is ideal for observing all sorts of individuals: Flower-child hippies, students, funky artists, tattooed hipsters, and preps mingle on the streets and can provide unparalleled entertainment.
Street performances Ranging from violists to folksingers to hip-Hop dancers, Church Street is home to a multitude of performers, and you don't have to pay a penny, although it doesn't hurt to leave a few dollars.
Waterfront - At the bottom of College street. $5 for parking.
North Beach, 52 Institute Road (behind Burlington High School on North Ave). $8 for non-resident parking or get there for free from the bikepath at the Waterfront (go right when looking at the water) 
Williams' Fire Escape, Williams Hall, University Place, Burlington, VT. One of Burlington’s hidden treasures is a few flights up the fire escape of one of UVM’s buildings. Williams Hall, located across from the University Green, is an architectural masterpiece in its own right. However, the sunset sights seen from an outside stairwell are some of the best views one will experience. If there are not too many people/students visiting the spot, it is a romantic and breathtaking place to visit. At the uppermost flight of the fire escape, all of downtown Burlington, spanning to Lake Champlain, is visible. At sunset, the sun hits the water and the buildings in a lovely way.
View from below the top level of Williams Hall's fire escape
Burlington is renowned for its cultural amenities and strength in the arts, providing the opportunities typical of a much larger city.
Flynn Theater Home to the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Stage Company, and Lyric Theatre Company.
Flynnspace Presents alternative and avant-garde performances in an intimate, black box theater.
Ethan Allen Homestead: Guided tours of Revolutionary War Hero Ethan Allen's final home located on Burlington's Scenic Intervale 
Robert Hull Fleming Museum
BCA Center A five-story complex of galleries, classrooms, and studios run by Burlington City Arts.
The Bern Gallery, 135 Main St (Downtown Burlington across from City Hall Park), ☎ 802.865.0994, . 10am-9pm. This is a "Must See" local grass roots art gallery with LIVE GLASSBLOWING DAILY. The Bern Gallery smoke shop makes custom glass, has Burlingtons ONLY Hookah Bar, features all types of local artwork and jewlery, as well as being a Vermont accredited glass blowing school. The Bern Gallery is also home to The Pipe Classic, the glass industries original premiere pipe-making competition! Held every September, The Pipe Classic features the talents of 12 glass artist chosen from across the nation to come compete head-to-head in this true celebration of pipe-making. edit
Queen City Ghostwalk, Downtown Burlington (City Hall Park, off Church Street), ☎ 802-351-1313, . edit
Biking Burlington has a 7.6 mile bike path that runs along the lake and now connects to the Colchester bike path.
Hiking Vermont has an abundance of beautiful, hikable mountains. Mount Philo is a leisurely hike for beginners, especially with younger kids. Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield offer more challenging terrain, but reward hikers with beautiful summit views of the Champlain Valley. All three mountains are within 1 hour driving distance of Burlington.
Skiing Several alpine and cross-country ski resorts and backcountry ski trails are within an hour of Burlington--and you can nordic ski in the city, as well, at Red Rocks Park and Burlington Country Club. Written by a local, Skimaven.com the Vermont skiing blog  reports on snow conditions, resort options and more.
Magic Hat Brewing Company is a tour worth checking out in the Burlington region. For a more comprehensive listing of Vermont Brewery Tours visit .
Sunset Drive-In Theater, in the neighboring town of Colchester, sends patrons on a nostalgic trip back to sixties with double features of movies. Open seasonally from late April to early September. Cost: $8.50 for adults, children under 12 get in free.
Burlington hosts several festivals and events throughout the year. This list changes every year but the following events staples of the community.
First Night, December 31st. Parades, performers, and fireworks help to mark the coming of the new year. Burlington continues the First Night tradition with plays, performers, and a grand welcoming of things to come.
Winter Carnival, February time frame. Celebrate the winter with Ice Scptures, parades, and sleigh rides.
Mardi Gras Parade, weekend before Ash Wednesday. Burlington hosts its own Fat Tuesday parade which is usually scheduled for the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. A large parade goes up Church Street, bands play in the clubs and streets, and special events hosted by Magic Hat Brewery.
KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, Sunday before Memorial Day . A qualifying race for major national marathons, it is one of the largest sporting events in the city with street vendors, musicians and food stalls during and after the race. The marathon begins and ends at Waterfront Park and traverses much of the city. Expect major city streets to be closed down in the morning hours and most hotel rooms booked far in advance.
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, first two weeks in June . The Discover Jass festival is the largest event of its kind in the state and draws internationally renowned performing artists to the city each summer, as well as throngs of jazz, blues, gospel and Latin music fans. Its the highlight of the summer festival season. Venues throughout the city, including Waterfront Park, Memorial Auditorium, Contois Theatre, Waterfront Theatre, and The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, .
Independence Day Fireworks, evening of July 3. The City of Burlington holds its' fireworks the evening of the 3rd, so as to allow people to attend both it and the smaller towns' festivities on the 4th. If you go to the latter, prepare to leave early as many roads are closed for parades and it's not always possible to reach towns without Interstate exits between mid-morning and late afternoon of the 4th.
Vermont Brewers Festival, mid-July, . Taste microbrews from Vermont and throughout New England during this annual summer gathering on Burlington's waterfront. General admission is $25/session which includes 10 tasting tickets and a complimentary tasting glass. Discounts are available for admission tickets purchased before July 1st.
Festival of Fools, early August. A curated festival of street performers. .
Dragon Boat Festival, early August, . The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is hosted by Dragonheart Vermont, a breast cancer survivor and supporter dragon boat team. Local companies man 10 person dragon boats in head to head races on Lake Champlain.
Vermont Air Show, late August. Watch an air demonstration of older and newer airplanes. Sometimes held at Hanscom Field and sometimes held over the downtown area.
Church Street Marketplace, . Four blocks of Church Street are closed to all motor traffic and creates an open air mall in the heart of the city. A variety of eateries, shops, and stores provide a diverse place to find unique gifts.
Burlington Town Center Mall - Connected to the Church Street Marketplace is the downtown mall. This indoor shopping area has a lot of the traditional stores you would find in an enclosed mall. Anchor stores include Macy's.
University Mall - Located on Dorset Street the University Mall is closer to campus and offers a wider range of shops than the Downtown Mall. Anchor Stores include Kohls, Sears, and JCPenny's.
The North Face Store @ KL Sport, 210 College Street,  is a locally owned outdoor store specializing in The North Face clothing, outerwear, and equipment. This store provides the gear and information necessary for enjoying the natural splendor of Vermont.
A wider range of stores can be found just outside of Burlington in Williston at Taft's Corner. Store in that area include Wal Mart, Best Buy, Staples, Toys R' Us and many more stand alone large chain stores.
LeZot Cameras, 34 Church St, ☎ 802-652-2400, . This non-chain, locally owned and operated camera shop has an amazing collection of lenses, manual cameras, and accessories; even their camera bags collection is large and versatile. Their repair shop is great, and the employees actually know cameras, love cameras, and you can see it. For the service, it is reasonably priced. edit
Lower Main Neighborhood (Lo Main), Main St. from Pine St. to the Waterfront. This funky neighborhood sits between Church St. and the Waterfront, and boasts some of the best local establishments. Look for quirky antiques and collectables at Anjou and Little Pear, earth-friendly and locally made housewares at The Green Life, and delicious artisan breads, pastries, coffee and lunch at August First Bakery. Discover Burlington's special off-the-beaten-path neighborhood!edit
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August First Bakery, 149 S. Champlain St (At the corner of Main St.), ☎ 802-540-0060, . M-F 7:30-5, Sat. 8-3, Friday nights 6-9 for Flatbread Pizza. A local favorite! Casual bakery cafe in downtown Burlington, baking artisan bread and serving delicious breakfast and lunch. Look for classics like BLT made with Vermont bacon on homemade baguette, and amazing pastries like their signature Hungarian Sweet Roll.under $10. (44.47540,-73.21710)edit
Lake Champlain Chocolates, 750 Pine Street,  is a local chocolate maker. They have a company store and a viewing area to see the chocolate being made. They also have a small coffee bar where they serve espresso drinks and their own ice cream.
Church Street,  has many places to eat along this pedestrian mall ranging anywhere from the famous "Hot Dog Lady" street vendor to the upscale dining of many varieties. The marketplace maintains its own directory: . Church Street also hosts a variety of street performers.
Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop No trip to Vermont would be complete without a stop by one of the renowned Ben & Jerry's scoop shops to sample their latest contributions to Americana. Indeed, few would dispute the fact that ice cream is in season every season. Presently there is a scoop shop located on the Church Street Marketplace at the corner of Cherry Street. The original Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop was located nearby on the southwest corner of College Street and Saint Paul Street.
The Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake St, ☎ +1 802 540-0188. 8AM-8,12PM. A Burlington creperie. They serve sweet and savory crepes with a local twist. The "Heartbreaker" crepe features the world favorite Nutella spread loaded with fresh bananas and local strawberries. Along with an emphasis on local and organic products, the S.P. offers molten swiss fondues and live music on Thurs. Fri. and Sat. Come grab a crepe!$6 and up. edit
Bove's, 68 Pearl St, ☎ +1 802 864-6651, . Tu-Th 2PM-8:45PM, F-Sa 11AM-8:45PM. Since 1941, traditional Italian fare. Lasagna (traditionally Wed. only but check first) is the stuff of local legend.edit
Three Needs Brewery and Taproom 207 College St., +1 802 658-0889. Freshly-brewed self and local beers, as well as a small but decent selection of beers on tap. Red felt pool table in the back, and friendly barstaff.
Drink 135 St Paul St., +1 802 860-9463.  Hip Spot. Lots of couches. And board games.
American Flatbread, 115 St. Paul Street, ☎ (802) 861-2999, . An organic and localvore flatbread (don't call it pizza) joint which brews its own "Zero Gravity" beer.edit
Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, 5 Bartlett Bay Road, ☎ 802.658.BREW, . Monday-Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday: Noon to 5:00pm. Guided and self-guided tours. Self-guided tours may be taken any time during normal Artifactory hours. Guided Tours: Thursday-Friday: 3:00, 4:00 5:00pm Saturday: Noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00pm. The new bar is a sight to behold with 30 taps flowing and a constantly changing line-up of beers. edit
Uncommon Grounds 42 Church St., +1 802 865-6227.  Locally owned, they roast their own beans on site.
Muddy Waters 184 Main St., +1 802 658-0466. Locally owned. Great atmosphere. Some beers on tap too.
Hampton Inn Burlington, 42 Lower Mountain View Drive, +1 802 655-6177, . Offering complimentary breakfast and airport shuttle.
Hawthorn Suites South Burlington, 401 Dorset St, +1 802 860-1212, . This all-suite hotel provides 104 spacious and well-appointed one and two-bedroom suites to meet all of your travel needs.
Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, 870 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 865-6600, . The largest hotel and conference center in the state of Vermont.edit
Hilton Burlington Hotel, 60 Battery St, +1 802 658-6500. . Overlooking Lake Champlain and Waterfront Park, the hotel offers vacationers 257 hotel rooms.
Courtyard Burlington Harbor, 25 Cherry St, corner of Battery St and Cherry St, +1 802 864-4700, . Burlington's newest hotel, offers 127 rooms with breath taking views and exceptional staff service.
Willard Street Inn, 349 S Willard St, +1 802 651-8710, . Very close to Champlain College and UVM with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
Lang House on Main Street, 360 Main St, 877-919-9799, . A cool alternative to a hotel and is just a short walk down the hill to downtown and the Church Street Marketplace. Free Wi-Fi, homemade breakfast and parking.
Quality Inn, 2572 Shelburne Rd (Exit 13 off Interstate 89), ☎ +1 802 985-8037, . checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Recently renovated and affordable hotel on main Route 7 corridor. Indoor Pool, sauna, jacuzzi, sundeck, and fitness center, free breakfast, free wireless internet, free airport shuttle as well.edit
Burlington Hostel, 53 Main St, 2nd floor, ☎ +1 802 540-3043 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. The only backpackers hostel in Burlington. Free wifi, free breakfast, security lockers provided. An inexpensive and comfortable alternative to ski resorts for skiers and travelers alike. $30. edit
The Canadian border and Montreal, Quebec, is less than a two hour drive north. Be advised that due to recent changes, border crossing between the US and Canada now require a passport or enhanced identification (such as Vermont states Enhanced Driver's License, or EDL)
Smugglers Notch and Stowe ski resorts are within 45 minutes from the heart of the city
Just south of the city are several State Parks and some of the tallest peaks in the Green Mountains
Try to find 'Champ' the Lake Champlain monster who is supposed to be a sister to Nessie of Loch Ness
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