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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Burlington a remarkable getaway destination

Burlington which is the largest city of Vermont in the American state has a population of around 39,000. It is the heart of a small urban locality which is Vermont’s cosmopolitan and vibrant centre situated on Lake Champlain. Burlington is a college town as well as an important commercial city and is known for its ultra liberal environment. The best time to visit this beautiful destination is during fall season when the city is aglow with bright colors. Towards mid to late September, the foliage season begins with the color increasing from day to day till it reaches its peak which is around the first or the second week of October.

To get there, one can go by plane where flights via several carriers are available from places like Chicago and Orlando and visitors from still further countries can make a connection flight in a larger city. Nonstop flights to Burlington Airport from cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Orlando, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington are also available tough some cities offer only seasonal or services only on certain days of the week. Bus services are also available where daily Mega bus service to Burlington from Boston, Hartford, New York City, Saratoga Springs and Amherst and the fare is from $1 onwards.

The buses stop at the University Place at the Main via the UVM Theater on the campus of the University of Vermont. The option of the train is also available where the nearest station, Amtrak is on Essex junction which is about 10 to 15 minutes drive to the east providing daily services to Washington via New York City. Amtrak’s Adirondack offers daily services between New York City, Montreal, Quebec and during summer season, stops at Port Kent, NY where connection can be made to the Burlington Port Kent ferry. Seasonal ferry services are available from downtown Burlington to Port Kent, New York across the Lake Champlain which gives access to Adirondack.

 Burlington conducts several events and festivals all through the year and visitors can have the benefit of enjoying while they are on their trip at this destination. First Night is celebrated on 31st December where parades are performed followed by fireworks to mark the beginning of the coming New Year and this tradition still continues in Burlington with plays and a grand welcome of things to come in the coming year. The Winter Carnival is another beautiful event which is celebrated with ice sculptors, sleigh rides and parades. The Mardi gras Parade a weekend event before Ash Wednesday.

This is hosted on its own Fat Tuesday parade which is normally scheduled on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday where a large parade follows up to Church Street with bands playing in the clubs and streets along with special programs hosted by Magic Hat Brewery. The Vermont Air Show, towards late August is conducted with air demonstration of older and new airplanes which are held sometimes at Hanscom Field or over the downtown area. These are a few of the events worth mentioning though there are many more conducted throughout the year.

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