Population-wise, Vermont is the second smallest US state, and in terms of geography, it is the sixth smallest. It has many wild fauna including the black bear, moose, and woodpecker. Its flora consists of lush forests, wetlands, farmlands, and greenways. The abundance of farms and open spaces make this a charming rural place.
Autumn in Vermont occurs in mid-September up to mid-October. With it comes a tourist attraction in itself—the glorious autumn foliage, which some consider to be the most spectacular in the US, if not the world.
But there's something about Vermont that makes it best experienced during the winter. Tourists flock to the many ski resorts in the Green Mountain spine—the Ascutney Mountain Resort in Brownsville, Bromleyin Manchester, Killington Resort in Killington, Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Stratton Mountain in Jamaica, Sugarbush in Warren, Suicide Six in Woodstock, and Smuggler's Notch in Jeffersonville, among others. One can also ride into the woodlands through cross-country ski and snowmobile trails.
Places to visit are the Vermont State House in Montpelier (the meeting place of the Vermont Legislature); the Burlington Waterfront and Church Street in Burlington, for live music entertainment, galleries, shops, restaurants, and for "people-watching"; and the wooded mountains.
For those interested in wines, Vermont's original and high quality breweries can appeal to their taste. Among the reputable ones are the Magic Hat Brewing Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Trout River Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, Vermont Pub & Brewery, Rock Art Brewery, and Green Mountain Cidery.
Tourists will feel safe in Vermont as the state enjoys the reputation of having the lower crime rates in the country. A word of caution: avoid wilderness areas especially during the hunting season. When skiing, it is wise to stay on marked ski trails.