For those who wish to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of bright lights and constant movement that comes with being in cities, Vermont is a great destination. Claiming a place along the Appalachian Trail, Vermont provides a multitude of sights and activities that are sure to fulfill your itch for the good old outdoors. But just in case you don't want to spend the entire visit being at one with nature, there are also spas and museums that you can spend time in and still get a splendid opportunity to relax, learn and build memories that could last a lifetime. Feel free to park your Vermont rental car and enjoy the fresh Vermont air for a few moments.
Luckily for any nature-centric travelers, part of the famous trail goes through Vermont. Depending on how active you're feeling, or how caught up you get in the visual splendor of the sites, you can walk along the trail for as long as 22 miles in some sections. If you'd like to balance the experience of hiking in the woods with some of the finer things from civilization's best, you can sign up for a reservation with Appalachian Trail Adventures, a program that provides an air-conditioned room and three square meals a day, as well as regular tours of the woods, rivers and caves.
Located in Manchester, deep within Green Mountain National Forest is the Hildene Estate, the home of the Lincoln Family. The 412-acre property housed the descendants of the 16th president of the U.S. until as late as 1975, the latest of any of the family's former estates. Given that it was first built in 1905, this is quite the accomplishment. Today, the estate is open to the public as a historical site that even offers summer camps to children to teach them more about their history. During the winter, the property even has cross-county skiing.