The Vermont Department of Transportion is referred to as AOT and VTRANS. The website is very difficult to navigate so I grabbed some of the links pertinent to tourism and describe them here.
http://www.aot.state.vt.us/Travelinfo.htm shows information about highway emergencies and weather conditions as well as provides maps for major roadways.
http://www.central-vt.com/heritage/index.html gives information about how to get to some of the popular historic sights in Vermont
http://220.127.116.11/ has data about the latest advisories for a selected region
If you are on 91 and need a rest-stop, consider trying the big on on the righthand side of 91. Known locally ast the Williston Stop, it is actually a few miles before the Williston exit. They have WI-Fi, clean toilets, and locals who know everything (including ways around leaf-peeper traffic). Plenty of brochures and coupons for local stuff if you don't know the area ( I grew up in VT, so I know it well). This is also a good place to get a look at the eastern ridge of the Green Mountains.
Lake Champlain separates Vermont from New York State for miles and miles with no bridges. The only alternative to driving up or down and then crossing is to take the ferry. Three ferries run between the two states: Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh, NY; Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY; and Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY. The major highway on the Vermont side takes you to Burlington, but the crossing there is considered the "scenic line" and takes an hour. A one-way passage is $14.75 plus $4 for each adult passenger. If you drive south from I-89 down route 7, though, you can catch the southern crossing at Charlotte, which costs only $8.25 and takes 20 minutes. For those who'd rather cross on the north side, take the bridge to Grand Isle and then the 12 minute ferry ride for $8.25.
In Burlington, you can easily get to Montreal by bus. The Vermont Flyer bus at the Vermont Bus Terminal in central Burlington leaves about 2 or 3 times a day to Montreal direct for around $30. It's air-conditioned and takes about 3 hours (bring a good book or your iPod) and drops you at the central bus terminal in Montreal from where you can walk to the subways.
Renting a car and driving is really the only way to get around New England - if you don't happen to own a small plane.
Throughout New England, driving anywhere can be a slow process. Though distances look short on the map, they take much longer than you would think. This is particularly true in Vermont.
The maximum speed on Vermont roads and highways (unless otherwise posted) is only 50 mph. And it's often a lot slower than that. Most of the highways are 2-lane affairs, and if someone in front of you is a slowpoke then you're in for a long ride.
If you have ANY sort of a timetable then you should stick to the turnpikes. They may not be as scenic, but they can be A LOT faster! VT 100 is a great scenic drive, but if you do it you should plan on only averaging about 40 mph or so.
Of course, you may WANT to go slow and smell the berries and check out the hayfields and farmhouses and the beautiful scenery. By all means do so. If you do, it's best not to have any place to be later in the day.
There are three ferries available to shuttle both people and vehicles across the lake for a small fee. Using the ferry service can save a great deal of driving if you are trying to reach VT from I-87. North to South, the ferry crossings are between Plattsburgh-Grand Isle, Port Kent-Burlington, and Essex-Charlotte.
Getting to the Soaring Club is a bit tricky.
So here is a little detailed map. Drive down on Rt17, which is a great road to take as it wined on the mountains. It has several breath taking vista points that you will want to stop and look at. The whole valley suddenly opens up to your eyes.
(In peek foliage season you will not be the only one on the road :-) )
Head toward Warren. 2 miles before Warren there is a metal bridge. Just before the bridge there is a turn to a gravel road that goes up the mountain, take this road. There will be a sign to the soaring club.
You will drive to the top of the drive some 3 miles or so. The valley will open up to you and the grass starch you see is Sugarbush International.
You can just hang around look at the beautiful skinny sailplanes or talk to the girl or the guy that runs around with the Motorola and you can get a flight.
You do not have to do it but look at the radiating smile of every one that get off the glider and you might want to try it.
(Those that do not came back you just can't see :-) )
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From New York State (Upstate from NYC) take the Lake Champlain ferries over. This is a great way to arrive in Vermont. I always take it and enjoy the trip everytime, especially in the summer and early fall.
There are three ferries you can take: The Burlington-Port Kent NY Ferry, the Grand Isle VT-Plattsburgh Ferry, and Charlotte VT to Essex NY Ferry.
Lake Champlain is a pristine lake between New York and Vermont that has great views all the way around it. The view from the ferry I imagine is the same as those ferry rides in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.
The ferry costs about $35.00 per car (without a car it is less). Get there early because it fills up fast! I try to catch the 6:00AM or the 7:00AM ferry. This can be tough after a night out in Burlington!
The best way to get around Vermont is by a car.
The best way to get around Burlington is by taxi at night.
Drove from New Jersey in about five hours.
You really need a car to get to trailheads, brewpubs and to just be able to stop when you like to snap a photo.
Here is the map of this magical area. You can drive in any one of these roads and you will have a great experience. You can see Sugarbush in the center and lake Champlain to the west.
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