The Travel and Recreation Industry in Vermont


Words to Know

- accessible

- recreation

- tourism  

The beautiful views are one reason tourists flock to Vermont


            As early as the mid 1800's tourists began to come to Vermont.  They came on trains and stagecoaches to the hotels, mineral springs, and mountain summit houses around the state.  In the early 1900's, the automobile made the state more accessible to the city dwellers looking for fresh air and rural scenery.  The opening of the interstate highway system in the 1960's greatly increased the number of people who came to the state to ski, hunt, fish, or to see the sights.

Use this site ( to navigate the interstate system in Vermont and find out a little about its history and impact on the state.  Plus find information about towns along the highways and tourist attractions in each town.


            Today the travel and recreation industry is an important part of Vermont's economy.  In the 1999-2000 tourist season it was estimated that tourism contributed 14% of the total value of goods and services produced in the state.  Tourists from within the United States spent $2.58 billion dollars in the state.  The state promotes tourism with advertisements throughout the north-eastern United States.  The advertisement of what Vermont has to offer seems to work well since in 1999-2000 Vermont saw a total of 12.25 million tourists coming into the state.  (source Tourism Data Center) Vermont Life Magazine and Vermont Explorer shows "out-of-staters" what Vermont looks like, hoping they will visit here.  (Click here for some Vermont tourist facts:


            Skiing is the single most important contributor to the state's recreation industry.  Both downhill and cross-country skiers will find many trails to suit them.  Stowe and Killington are perhaps the two best-known ski areas.  The people who come to ski from other parts of the United States and Canada spend money on lift tickets, food, housing, and shopping.  Of all visitors to Vermont in 2000, 11.3% came to partake in downhill skiing. Many Vermonters are employed in the ski industry.  All of this adds greatly to the economy of the state.  (Click here for a full list of alpine ski resorts in Vermont:  or click here for a full list of cross-country ski areas in Vermont: )


            Even more people visit the state during the summer.  36% of Vermont's tourists come to the state in the summer months.  They come to tour the museums, boat on the lakes, hike the trails, and camp at the state parks.  Perhaps some of the busiest weekends are in the autumn when the colorful fall foliage attracts many people to the hills and valleys of the state.  (Go to this site to find out why leaves change color: during whatever season spend money that contributes to the state's economy.


            The hunting season in late fall is also an important part of the tourist and recreation industry.  Hunters come from many parts of the northeast to test their skill on the white-tailed deer, ducks, and other wild game animals.  (Find out more about the hunting season in Vermont: )