Flights to Burlington
Burlington is the largest city in the state of Vermont and is situated in the north east of the state on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. Although the largest city in Vermont, Burlington is the smallest largest city of any state!
The airport in Burlington may be called the Burlington International Airport (airport code: BTV) but it does not service any flights from outside of the United States. Any flight to Burlington will require 2 connections, when travelling from Johannesburg. All carriers have the second stop in New York City. Options for the first connection point vary by airline. British Midland stops in London, Delta transfers in Atlanta and South African Airways makes its first connection in Dakar.
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The Tourist Attractions in Burlington:
As the country’s smallest largest city, Burlington is a nice place that’s not too large and retains a kind of small town appeal, and a friendly charm to it. This is certainly not one of the country’s top tourist destinations but those visitors looking for a different side of the USA, away from the huge metropolises, will find Burlington has some good attractions and is a nice place to spend some time in.
Sitting on the shores of Lake Champlain means this body of water plays quite a central part in the life of many residents and visitors to Burlington. As well as making a scenic and photographic setting with views out to the Adirondacks, visitors can take boat tours of the lake from Burlington.
A ferry also departs from Burlington and crosses Lake Champlain to the town of Port Kent in the state of New York.
In August each year for the past few years (with plans for subsequent years too) the lake has been home to a Dragon Boat festival. Many teams entered into the races which were run for charity, providing a fun and worth while event to watch.
The aquarium at Burlington is one of the city’s popular attractions. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center includes both a lake aquarium and science centre and is housed within a ‘green’ building. There are over 70 species of fish and other marine life here. Finally if you don’t fancy cruising on the lake, consider taking a bicycle ride along the shore of the lake. There’s a purpose made cycle path that runs for just under 8 miles (12km) along the shoreline.
Though not as steeped in history as some older American cities, the downtown core of Burlington is attractive all the same and has some great little independent shops and restaurants. Church Street Marketplace is a popular and vibrant attraction and is a pedestrianised area.
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is a good time to visit Burlington as temperatures are hot but not overly so. July is the warmest month when the average high is a comfortable 27C (80F). Late spring and early autumn have pleasant temperatures as well, but winters are really quite cold with snowsqualls sometimes causing problems. Rainfall is possible throughout the year, though on average, July is very slightly wetter than other months.