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Known for being one of the liveliest and most populous city centers in Vermont, Burlington is an excellent place to rent an RV. There is truly no other place like this charming little community on the shores of Lake Champlain, known for its unique, Bohemian culture, its higher education institutions like University of Vermont and Champlain College, its large hospitals, and its international airport. True to its spirit, Burlington is also one of the earliest cities to run entirely off of renewable energy.
Burlington was first settled a few years after independence was achieved in 1783. The town then served as a staging point for troops during the War of 1812, fighting the Canadian neighbors to the north despite the unpopularity of the war for New Englanders. Burlington was finally incorporated as a city in 1865, and since then, it has chugged along to become the cultured powerhouse it is today.
Between its universities, historic neighborhoods, gorgeous landscapes, vibrant music scene, and the high volume of boutiques, art galleries, and museums, you can book an RV in Burlington and have the time of your life. Burlington is around an hour's drive from the state capital Montpelier, and three hours' drive from Albany, New York when you rent an RV and feel like venturing off to explore the entire Northeast region.
It may be one of the smallest states in the Union, but Vermont is absolutely loaded with spectacular landscapes, epic mountains, lush forests, and some of the best fall foliage imaginable. No matter the season, Vermont thrives through tourism, either from the summertime sightseers, or the skiers and snowboarders in the winter. Furthermore, there is no shortage of state parks in Vermont to visit with your Burlington RV rental, like Niquette Bay State Park. This petite park sits on the Malletts Bay of Lake Champlain, just minutes off of Interstate 89. The park is set up for day-use only, but its dreamy nature trails, secluded beaches, and refreshing swimming areas make for some excellent outdoor recreation. You can even fish in the lake or take your kayak for a spin on the water.
Sand Bar State Park and Grand Isle State Park can both be found on Lake Champlain too, each offering their own unique features. Sand Bar State Park is tiny, situated right next to a massive bird watching area called the Sand Bar National Waterfowl Management Area. This popular beach is lively in the summertime, with food concessions, kayak and canoe rentals, and thousands of swimmers and beachgoers sun tanning and strolling along the lakeside. Grand Isle State Park also has some amazing beaches, along with volleyball courts, boat ramps, picnic spots, and a campground where you can camp with the Burlington motorhome rental.
Camels Hump State Park is one of the largest in Vermont, named for The Camel’s Hump, a distinct and massive mountain in a state known for its lofty mountain hikes. You can hike to the summit of this 4,000-foot-high giant, and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the fiery fall foliage in autumn. Green Mountain National Forest is the largest natural area in the state, with 400,000 acres of land covering wide swaths of the state. There are eight wilderness areas in the forest along with some of the state’s best ski and snowboarding mountains. On top of that, you can camp at one of the forest’s campgrounds when you rent an RV in Burlington.
When you pick up your Burlington RV rental, there are plenty of suitable places to stay. Any of the public campgrounds along the lakeside will do, like North Beach Campground which is owned and maintained by the city. This urban campground is right across the road from one of the area’s nicest beaches, complete with restroom facilities, laundry rooms, hot showers, and all the basics.
Shelburne Camping Area is just south of town, within walking distance of golf courses, restaurants, shops, museums, and an ice cream factory. You can play in the lake, splash around in the park’s pool, and enjoy spacious camping spots during your stay.
Apple Island Resort is an upscale experience on one of the lake’s many islands. You can head there in your Burlington camper rental and enjoy amenities like rustic cabins, sparkling pools, a general store, a golf course, a marina, and so much more.
You can look far and wide, but finding a more unique and interesting city than Burlington is a challenge. This small city does its very best to pack the most entertainment possible into its tiny area. You can’t throw a rock in Burlington without hitting some sort of farmer’s market, brewery, or distillery, and the restaurant and dining culture is a real selling point. The Church Street Marketplace is an award-winning open-air shopping area in the heart of town, frequently full of street performers, college students, families on vacation, and vendors selling all sorts of wares. There are numerous places to shop and dine, as well as a bevy of historical buildings lining the brick walking road. The Burlington Farmers Market is also a wonderful place to shop for produce and pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home.
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is a small venue housed in an old Art Deco style theater, where you can see a variety of live acts, performances, and musical concerts. Some of the world’s best talent stops in Burlington to play this legendary theater, due in part to the college town’s love for music. The Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art is full of artistic masterpieces featuring art from local artists, European art from centuries ago, and pieces from as far away as Africa and Asia. You can even find ancient artifacts from long lost civilizations in this amazing space built in 1931.
When you rent an RV in Burlington, you don't want to miss a chance to see the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet, a quirky installation in Burlington that no longer holds the title for being the tallest. The artistic piece was built in 2002 and is used by wild birds to make nests in the upper drawers.