Flights to Vermont
Situated in the north eastern United States is the state of Vermont. Part of the New England region, Vermont is one of the smallest states in the country, known for its attractive and untouched scenery.
International flights to Vermont from South Africa land in the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Your journey to Vermont from South Africa will require indirect flights with one or two stops. South African Airways and Delta Air Lines provided travellers with flights to Vermont from Johannesburg with one connection. Airlines such as Continental Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines, South African Airways, and Lufthansa all offer flights to Vermont from South Africa with two connections.
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The Tourist Attractions in Vermont:
Vermont is probably best known as a great state to see the famous fall (or autumn) colours which occur when the trees start to change colour, and before the leaves fall altogether. Vermont is actually said to be the best state in New England for the fall colours, and although they can be seen across the whole state to a certain extent, there are some destinations which are better than others; the Green Mountains, for example.
The Green Mountains
The mountain range which gave Vermont its name, are a part of the larger Appalachian Mountains, and a popular destination. There’s a lot of untouched scenery here where hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, wildlife spotting and more are the most popular attractions.
Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital in the country, and an attractive and charming little city to visit. The impressive state capitol building, called Vermont State House looks almost European in that it’s surrounded by beautiful gardens with green forests behind it. There’s a striking gold domed roof, and the building is open for tours.
Part of the charm of Montpelier is that it’s quite an individual city – shops and restaurants and more independent here; it’s the only state capital which doesn’t contain a McDonalds for example!
The Champlain Valley is an area which sits on both the eastern and western shores of Lake Champlain – the eastern shore being Vermont, and the western shore being the state of New York. Lake Champlain is the major feature at over 100 miles (160km) long and nearly 12 miles (19km) wide at its widest point. As well as enjoying the lake itself, there are historic lighthouses to see and a number of parks to visit.
The largest city on the shores of Lake Champlain, and also the largest city in the state of Vermont, is Burlington.
Burlington is a cosmopolitan yet cultural city with a vibrant personality! In addition to the attraction of being lakeside, you can take lake cruises from Burlington harbour in the summer. The city itself has a number of places of interest. Museums include the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, and there’s the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center.
When Should You Visit?:
Vermont has a climate described as continental moist. This means summers can be hot but winters are cold. Spring is said to be one of the most unpleasant times to visit because Vermont suffers from a lot of mud following winter snow melt, so much so that the season is nicknamed ‘mud season’! Across the state as a whole, July is the hottest month with an average high of 27C (81F) and January is the coldest month with an average high of -4C (25F).
If you want to visit for the fall colours, this happens earlier in Vermont than you might expect. Plan to be here sometime between mid-September and mid-October.