24 Hours simply will not do when you are visiting the Burlington area. However, if that is all you have, we can make it work. Burlington is a diverse destination with an abundance of things to do, places to check out, and a true connection to the outdoors. Burlington is a small city with a mighty appetite for good food, great craft beverages, and four seasons of outdoor recreation.  No matter what time of the year, if you are in Burlington there will always be some tough decisions to make, like where to eat, what to do, and where to start. 

Here are some recommendations for a quick 24-Hour trip to Burlington.



Food is something Burlington prides itself on. Before “Farm-to-table” became a household phrase around the nation, Vermont had been, and never stopped  focusing on farming and foraging, providing the freshest ingredients for local restaurants, and making sure everyone who eats in the Green Mountain State is having an authentic Vermont experience.

Burlington is no exception, full of locally-owned restaurants, food trucks, and other local vendors. The city even has a community garden that provides fresh produce.

Bring your appetite for adventure, good times, and great food!



SHOP LOCALwoman shopping for colorful handbags on Church Street

Burlington is full of locally owned shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Take a stroll down the Church Street Marketplace or one of Burlington’s other bustling' streets and meander through the eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. It’s easy to support local businesses while shopping in Burlington, check out the BTV Artists Market or the Burlington Farmers Market or stop into any shop in the downtown area and find a souvenir for your friends or loved ones. 



GET OUT ON LAKE CHAMPLAINWhistling Man sailboat

Lake Champlain is the sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States, stretching over 120 miles long, and over 10 miles wide, this magnificent body of water is situated among two beautiful mountain ranges, the Adirondacks Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont. 

Getting out on Lake Champlain has never been easier, with a variety of charter boats and lake cruises, no matter what your preference may be, enjoy a few hours of serenity on Lake Champlain. Sailboat and Paddleboard rentals are available as well. Check out more information here




Located along Pine Street in Burlington is a host of local shops, breweries and art studios, which has been deemed “Burlington’s South End Arts District.” Take a stroll down to the South End and check out Burlington’s Soda Plant, Zero Gravity Beer Hall, or if you are here on the weekend, swing into the South End Get Down or the Burlington Farmers Market for one of the best collections of local produce the state has to offer.



WATERFRONT SUNSETSSunset on the water

If the Burlington experience had to be distilled into one thing, like Maple Syrup to Vermont, Burlington’s one thing would be sunsets over Lake Champlain. An event as unique as the city itself, each night the sun sets over the Adirondack Mountain. Burlington is fortunate enough to be positioned in the East, facing the West, with beautiful sunsets 365 days a year.


Needless to say, 24 hours is a great start in the Burlington area. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or a foodie extraordinaire, a small taste of Burlington will leave you salivating for more delicious beers and waterfront sunsets. The good news is that another trip to the Green Mountain State could be on the horizon. Check out places to stay in Burlington here!