Cool things to do and see in Vermont
Vermont, or the Green Mountain State, is rarely in the top 10 lists of places to visit in the US but that doesn’t make it less worthy of your attention than any other state in the country. The natural treasures of Vermont include mountains, rivers, lakes, and falls. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, falling in love with Vermont won’t be a hard thing to do. Here are some cool places that you can visit while in Vermont. Check this list out.
Rock of Ages Granite Quarry
If you want to prepare a spooky surprise for your friends, take them on a tour in the world’s largest deep-hole granite quarry and check how gravestones are made. If you’re not interested in seeing this, then just go to the outdoor bowling alley and have some fun.
This is a small village in Orange County in Vermont, and it’s one of the most photographed fall-foliage spots in the country. East Corinth is a place that every Tim Burton fan should visit. In 1988 the movie Beetlejuice was filmed here, although the film takes place in Connecticut.
Floating Bridge of Brookfield
This floating bridge spans Sunset Lake buoyed by pontoons. It was originally built in 1822 by Luther Adams and his neighbors, and it’s the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi River. Unluckily, the floating bridge sinks occasionally, and it was closed to traffic in 2009. In 2015, the bridge was repaired and opened again.
Bellows Falls Petroglyphs
Bellows Falls is a place where you can see two clusters of petroglyphs, 50 feet south of the Vilas Bridge that crosses Connecticut River. These unusual carvings depict round heads with minimalistic eyes and mouth. According to the researcher David McClure, these heads were carved by the ancient people known as the Abenaki. They were carving the evil spirit faces in the rocks to show them the way to the afterlife.
Most of the covered bridges in New England are popular for their picturesque surroundings, but the Gold Brook Covered Bridge or Emily’s bridge has a unique and a different story. Emily’s Bridge is a wooden, covered bridge built in the 1800s and famous for the spooky death of a young girl called Emily, who hanged herself from the rafters of the covered bridge because her loved one never showed up. If you ever visit Stowe, you can send a postcard to your family with Emily’s Bridge on it.
If you ever visit Vermont, you must go to Thetford and see the 25-foot high dinosaur sculpture made entirely of scrap wood. This recycled artwork attracts many tourists to take a photo and admire the wooden beast.
In the village of Proctor in Vermont you can find one of the rare castles that the US has. The castle is a peculiar mixture of 19th-century architectural styles including Dutch Neo-Renaissance, Scottish baronial, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival. It was built in 1867 by the Vermont doctor John Johnson who wanted to impress his English wife who lived in the castle for only three years before returning to the UK. The castle has 32 rooms and 84 glass windows, although only a few of the rooms are open for visitors. The castle is open every day from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, and the entrance fee is $10.
As you can see, Vermont is quite an interesting state with plenty of things to see. If you have never been here, maybe this spring is the perfect time to visit it. Invite some cool friends to join you and maybe organize a road trip across Vermont. Have fun and good luck!
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