Burlington-VT is the biggest city and capital of the state of Vermont, USA. It is located along the scenic eastern shores of Lake Champlain between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. It is close to the border with Canada, so Montreal in Quebec province is less than 100 miles from here. The two main points of interests in the city are the historic Church Street Marketplace and the vibrant waterfront along Lake Champlain. During summer, you can enjoy lakeshore drives and the spectacular Green Mountains. Winter vacationers can likewise hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts like Stowe Mountain Lodge. You will need to get a car for hire in Burlington-VT to experience all these lovely attractions and destinations in and around the city.
The single biggest attraction in Burlington is the downtown Church Street Marketplace. This award winning brick-paved pedestrian mall has everything from fountains and historic buildings to specialty shops and huge chain retailers. When the weather permits, the street comes alive with performers, vendors and outdoor cafes. To continue the city tour, you will probably need to rent a car in Burlington-VT. Visit the University of Vermont campus and do not miss the Fleming Museum. Head down to the waterfront, see the Waterfront Park and enjoy the splendid view of the harbor. Take a look at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, which is an LEED certified green building.
Apart from ECHO and the Waterfront Park, there is a lot more to see and do along the lakeshore. North Beach with a natural sand beach at the end of Institute Rd. is open during the summer months, and offers showers, rest-rooms, grills, a picnic area and other facilities. It even has a campground if you want to sleep in the outdoors beside the lake. You can charter boats at the marina and head out for a sunset cruise to watch the sun set over the Adirondack Mountains in New York.
One reason Burlington is so popular among visitors is because it is an ideal base for winter vacations. To be specific, you can come here and then head out to at least 4 different ski resorts within a 90 minute drive. The most famous of them is Stowe, which is less than an hour away on the I-89. The other three are Bolton Valley, Jay Peak and Sugarbush at Lincoln Peak near Warren. If you really want to experience a winter wonderland, then head out for a two hour drive to Upstate New York, to Whiteface Mountain in the famed Lake Placid ski resort in the Adirondacks.
There is a big bunch of car rental agencies with depots located at Burlington-VT International Airport (BTV), on Airport Drive and Williston Road. Another four agencies offering a car rental in Burlington-VT are located closer to downtown and the waterfront, along Shelburne Rd and further ahead on St. Paul's St. Sure, you can pick one at random after you arrive. But to get the best deal and a vehicle you like, you should compare all the agencies online and book your choice right now.
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