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Montpelier Travel Guide

Though it is the capital of Vermont, Montpelier is a tiny town with fewer than 8,000 permanent residents. The small, compact nature of the capital is an advantage for travellers, who can explore most of the highlights on foot. These include the pretty downtown area which is the touristic hub of Montpelier, where a variety of parks, markets, and theatres as well as the historic gold-domed Vermont State House and Historical Society Museum await.

Though small, Montpelier has dozens of shops, restaurants, and pubs for visitors to amuse themselves in. Several academic institutions, including the Vermont College of Fine Arts, ensure an abundance of bookshops and a buzzing nightlife.

Burlington is the busiest tourist centre in Vermont, and the largest city, but this charming little capital holds its own. It contains some quaint inns and guesthouses, and makes a great base from which to explore the rest of Vermont. It is near to the heart of Vermont ski country, and visitors can sample freshly-made goodies from the nearby Cabot Creamery or Morse Farm Sugar Works while exploring the countryside.

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