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The sixth largest lake in the country (after the 5 Greats), Lake Champlain is long and skinny, stretching some 110 miles in length, but only 12 miles in width at its widest point. Along its eastern shore, the Champlain Valley is a favorite destination of Vermont travelers for its many recreational activities and especially for the delightful small city of Burlington, a pint-sized metropolis bustling with the nightlife and restaurants of a city many times its size.

Unlike much of Vermont, the topography here is flat, making the region historically a center for farming and dairying (and now perfect for bike-riding) as well as a ...

The sixth largest lake in the country (after the 5 Greats), Lake Champlain is long and skinny, stretching some 110 miles in length, but only 12 miles in width at its widest point. Along its eastern shore, the Champlain Valley is a favorite destination of Vermont travelers for its many recreational activities and especially for the delightful small city of Burlington, a pint-sized metropolis bustling with the nightlife and restaurants of a city many times its size.

Unlike much of Vermont, the topography here is flat, making the region historically a center for farming and dairying (and now perfect for bike-riding) as well as a transportation corridor in the years before the railroads. Coming up from the south, Route 7 is lined with many family-friendly attractions including the top-rate Shelburne Museum and the always popular Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Burlington, meanwhile, is home to the University of Vermont, which gives the city a lively student culture with a distinct earthy-crunchy vibe. No trip here is complete without a trip out onto the lake itself, whether by sailboat or kayak, or a drive through its quaint island communities.

Michael Blanding
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Michael Blanding is coauthor of Moon New England, Moon Vermont and Moon Rhode Island, and editor of New England Travel magazine.

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    Summer, fall