Northeast Kingdom Byway

“This is such beautiful country up here  - it should be called the Northeast Kingdom.” Vermont State Senator George Aiken on a visit to the region in 1949

It has taken nearly a million years to form the definitive region known as "Vermont's Northeast Kingdom."  Over the eons, the Kingdom's land has been sculpted by the collision of continents, glacial activity and natural erosion into a distinctive foundation of rolling hills, rising mountains and pristine lakes. Time and human habitation have softened the edges, leaving thick forests, lush pastures and meandering streams, as well as picturesque villages, enduring farmsteads and impressive historic edifices. Today, the Kingdom is regarded to be among the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Indeed the area is so special that in 2006 the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations afforded the region a Geotourism designation. Recently the Northeast Kingdom was ranked as the #1 Geotourism destination in the United States and among the top 10 in the world.

If you take the time to explore the Northeast Kingdom Byway you will be introduced to a region where simplicity overshadows technology, and the tapestry of hills, trees, lakes, and villages provides inspiration for artists, craftspeople, writers, and musicians. A stroll through the galleries, museums, studios, and workshops that can be found along the byway corridor will reveal the influence of time and tradition on the creative spirit that has taken root here. The Northeast Kingdom Byway offers endless recreational opportunities throughout the seasons, notable dining and lodging facilities, quintessential Vermont villages resplendent with classic architecture, enduring farmland, and a rich diversity of art, unique shops, entertainment, and event venues all year long. Along the way visitors can pursue a variety of traditional adventures, including mountain biking, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, golf, hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and more or they can visit area farm stands and farmers markets which provide an abundance of fresh produces. Pick-it-yourself farms, offering the fresh delights of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, corn, pumpkins, and more can also be found along the way.