The only state that exists with a singular area code (802), Vermont is small but full of fun. Being the first state to enter the United States after the original 13 colonies, even our historians saw the value in the state of Vermont. Being one of the only four states in the U.S. that have banned billboard advertising, this state has many sites to see. It also has about one cow for every 3.8 people, which is the nation’s highest ratio of cows to people.
Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing nearly 2 million gallons of syrup in 2017, Vermont generates 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup. While it might be made by a very simple process, it takes about 40 years for a sugar maple to grow large enough—at least 10 inches in diameter—to tap. Then it takes some 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup. So grab yourself some maple syrup or maple nut goodies while traveling through this state, you won’t regret it.
Burton Snowboards is a manufacturer of snowboards, founded by Jake Burton Carpenter in 1977. It’s one of the top companies in the United States for snowboards, bindings, boots, and apparel. The company’s flagship store can be found in Burlington, Vermont. The company was privately owned by Burton and his wife, Donna Carpenter, who has been active in the business since 1983. In addition to being home to the biggest snowboard company in the U.S., Vermont boasts numerous ski resorts for snowboarders to enjoy, such as Stratton Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Killington Mountain Resort.
The Lake Monster
While Lake Champlain isn’t as large as the Great Lakes of Michigan, this very large lake hosts a legend all of its own. Lake Champlain, which is primarily in Vermont with parts in New York and Quebec, has Champy, the legendary monster of the area. Said to be friendly, this lake monster hs anywhere between 20 to 80 feet long and has a head like either a snake or a dog. The most famous photo of him was taken back in 1977.