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Why Fly to Burlington?
Located along the beautiful waters of Lake Champlain, Burlington is Vermont's largest city and serves as its cultural and commercial center. The town of nearly 40,000 residents has a reputation for being a progressive college town, thanks to the presence of the University of Vermont, Burlington College and Champlain College. The city is home to a number of prominent landmarks, including the public library's Carnegie Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The city's central Church Street Marketplace, located in downtown Burlington, is a popular place for locals and out-of-towners alike. Here, tourists can patron the many eclectic shops and restaurants that occupy this pedestrian-friendly mall. The popular strip is also home to a vibrant street performance scene that includes musicians and dancers. Visitors looking to take in the area's natural scenery can pay a visit to North Beach, a popular swimming area during the summer months. Travelers can find deals at a Burlington hotel or a budget hostel, and enjoy a variety of cuisines, from Thai to Brazilian. If you're interested in a small excursion, visit nearby Montreal, go skiing at a local resort or explore one of the several state parks southeast of the city. You can find cheap flights to Burlington using Travelzoo's SuperSearch.
Which Airlines Fly to Burlington?
The Burlington International Airport (BTV) serves the Burlington, Vermont area. East Coast travelers can buy low-priced plane tickets from New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., on Continental, Delta, JetBlue Airways, United and US Airways. Midwestern tourists can compare airfare discounts from Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland on Continental, Delta and United. JetBlue Airways also flies out of Orlando.
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You can also search for flight deals to Montreal, which is only about a two-hour drive from Burlington. If you choose to fly to Montreal, consider exploring the Canadian city for a few nights. The metropolis has a unique French influence and boasts many fine museums, restaurants and other cultural attractions, including the breathtaking architecture of Old Montreal.
Quick Travel Guide to Burlington
Begin your adventure in Burlington by exploring the city's center. Here, you will find Church Street Marketplace, a four-block open-air mall. Because it is closed off to traffic, it is extraordinarily pedestrian friendly. This is the perfect place for out-of-towners to shop. National retailers, such as Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch and Gap, and independent shops have outlets here. There are also a handful of art galleries located in the shopping district that provide the public with an opportunity to view works by regional artists.
Family vacationers will want to pay a visit to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Located along the Burlington waterfront, this aquatic educational facility is home to more than 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles. ECHO also houses the Awesome Forces Theater, an interactive theatrical experience that immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and textures of billions of years of dramatic geologic history. Among the facility's other attractions are aquatic play space for children and a touch tank that features snails, horseshoe crabs, sea stars and other aquatic life.
No trip to Burlington would be complete without a visit to some of the region's beautiful natural areas. Cyclists can take a self-guided tour along Burlington's 7.6-mile bike path that runs along Lake Champlain. Located just 30 minutes south, Mount Philo State Park is a popular hiking destination. The 168-acre park provides stunning views of Lake Champlain and the nearby Adirondack Mountains. More experienced hikers may want to visit the Green Mountains, which are only 20 miles southeast of town. This is the site of Camel's Hump, Vermont's third-highest mountain. There are also a few ski resorts located within an hour's drive from Burlington.
Beer lovers can tour the Burlington area's various breweries. Popular breweries include the Magic Hat Brewery, the Switchback Brewing Company, Zero Gravity Brewery and the Vermont Pub and Brewery, the third-oldest brewpub on the East Coast.
Burlington also plays host to several popular annual festivals. Its largest event is the Festival of Fools, a celebration of zany street performers from around the world. The festival, which takes place at both Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park, draws as many as 25,000 attendees per year.