The 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Vermont!

“The State with a Storybook Past” has so much to offer sightseers it is hard to know where to start. Whether your milieu is 360-degree aerial views, underwater explorations, National Historic Registry sights, or relaxing countryside rides through covered bridges, Vermont has it all. See the Green Mountain State like never before with our handy guide to the top 10 sightseeing tours in Vermont, and start your adventure today.

1. Backroad Discovery Tours, Manchester Center, VT

Southern Vermont has a storied and historical past: It was once the home of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, who fought victoriously at Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle of Bennington. Bennington County has also played host to John and Molly Stark, Robert Frost, Grandma Moses, and the Lincoln family, among other historically significant people. See 25 points of historical interest in the area with Backroad Discovery Tours.

2. Quechee Balloon Rides, Quechee, VT

See the Green Mountain State from a whole new perspective with Quechee Balloon Rides. Hop into the flight basket with pilot Chris Ritland, a certified FAA pilot, as he soars around Southern Vermont utilizing the oldest aviation techniques known to man. Hang high above the treetops, suspended in mid-air, above villages, waterways, and rolling green hills.

3. Burlington Brew Tours, Burlington, VT

By now you know, Vermont leads the nation in microbreweries per capita. You can’t go far in the state without seeing a brewery, so come peel back the hoppy layers of this behind-the-scenes look 15 Vermont breweries. So, if you love beer and sightseeing don’t miss out.

4. Extreme Adventures, Chester, VT

If you really want to see the back country of Vermont, and you have an urge somewhere deep inside to become one with the wilderness, why not sign up with Extreme Adventures? All adventures are one week in length, Sunday to a Saturday, and tours can take up to four people in a group. So, if you are an outdoor buff, and you want to get “lost” in the Vermont wilds, this trip is for you.

5. Whistling Man Schooner Company, Burlington, VT

There is no doubt that the harbor town of Burlington is immersed in natural beauty. Set on the waterfront of historic Lake Champlain, Vermont’s Queen City emits a glow of elegance. But if you really want to see her, it has got to be from the water. So come aboard a traditional gaff-rig sailing sloop and see the sights, like Odzihozo, the Native American god-creator of the lake, or maybe even catch a glimpse of Champ.

6. Champlain Tours, Burlington, VT

If you want to see the waterways of New England, from Boston to Nova Scotia, there is only one outfit that can get you there for one, all-inclusive price. Champlain tours offer day tours, multi-day adventures, and custom tours. What’s more, they will beat any published tour price by five percent, guaranteed.

7. Sugar Tours, Inc., West Dover, VT

If you want to see Vermont in style and get some R&R inside an authentic English-style castle, you have got to contact Chris Donnelly and Sugar Tours, Inc. Get three night’s deluxe accommodations, dinners, and breakfasts at Castle Hill Resort and Spa. Plus, see Vermont’s State Capitol building, a granite quarry, a Morgan Horse Farm, a Marble Exhibit, and more with Sugar Tour’s Vermont Green Mountain Tour.

8. Waterfront Diving Center, St. Albans, VT

Opened in 1988, you will find professional diving instruction, gear, adventure, and more with WDC. With a bent on proper education, you will explore Vermont on this incredible underwater journey. Whether it's diving into the history of Vermont’s Underwater Preserve shipwrecks, swimming up the St. Lawrence River, or exploring Willoughby Lake, this tour is one you’ll not soon forget.

9. Appalachian Trail Adventures, Killington, VT

Appalachian Trail Adventures provides daily guided hikes about the forests and wilderness of Vermont. Explore the oldest long distance hiking trail in the country, the Appalachian Trail, and its Vermont section, the Long Trail. But if you want to dive deeper into the heart of Vermont, APA offers all-inclusive vacation packages, accommodations, spa services, and excursions into quaint “hidden away” villages as well.

10. Vermont Farm Tours, Shelburne, VT

From cheese making to vineyards, this tour will take you through the agricultural lands of Vermont. Make cheese with farmers with milk collected from cows that morning, or visit idyllic vineyards near Lake Champlain. Meet the growers and vintners. Enjoy special wine and cheese pairing. A three-course lunch is included on full-day tours. Half day tours are also available.

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