Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Burlington? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Burlington?”
Sitting on the shores of Lake Champlain, with views of the Adirondack Mountains, Burlington is Vermont’s largest and most populous city. Though Vermont usually ranks near the bottom of the country’s most visited states, Burlington consistently lands on annual lists of the best places to live, work and retire. For good reason, too. This bike-friendly, dog-friendly, vibrant yet down-to-earth city with a college-town vibe should be the number one spot on your list of places to visit in Vermont (and yes, you should visit). Queen City comprises five neighborhoods: the New North End, the Old North End, Downtown, the South End and the Hill Section. There’s a lot to explore in each section, and this guide will help you explore Burlington through local eyes.