group of students walk along the street in Brulington, Welcome to Burlington painted in a business window

Where Big Mountains Meet Big Ideas

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Burlington Bound

There’s a reason Burlington, VT, is recognized as one of the country’s best college towns. Here, college students make up one-third of the population and they help shape their community for the better. They bring new perspectives and energy to our future-forward town.

The 802

Fun Fact: You’ll see 802 everywhere you go here—it’s Vermont’s one and only area code. The Green Mountain State is one of only a few in the nation small enough for one area code to cover all landlines and cellphones.

Vermont Bold

Go ahead and think outside the box here. We encourage it. Burlington and the State of Vermont have a long history of trying things out and being pioneers in new ideas. From abolishing slavery to instituting civil unions, here, we turn ideas into action.

A trio of hot air balloons take off into a clear sky at a festival.
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4th of July fireworks show above Lake Champlain.

BTV Life at a Glance

You’ll find a lively music scene, farm-to-table eateries, eclectic shops, and a downtown teeming with students combine to make Burlington the quintessential college town. Just a short drive away, you’ll find some of New England’s greatest skiing, riding, climbing, hiking, and camping.


Starting at just $75, Champlain students have access to deeply discounted ski or ride season passes to Sugarbush, located just an hour away.


Vermont is home to thousands of miles of hiking, biking, skiing, and riding trails. AllTrails lists more than 900 trail options—how many will you cross off the list?


Vermont was ranked by CNBC as the best state in the U.S. to live and work in 2023.

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Here, Every Season Is in-Season


  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
  • Juneteenth Celebration
  • Independence Day Celebration
  • Festival of Fools
  • Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
  • Champlain Valley Fair


  • South End Art Hop
  • Vermont Pride Parade & Festival
  • Tour de Farms Bike Ride
  • Vermont Tech Jam
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • Halloween Costumed Cyclist Ride
  • Santa Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Small Business Saturday


  • Santa 5k Run
  • Stowe Winter Carnival
  • Penguin Plunge


  • Vermont Flower Show
  • Vermont Maple Open House
  • Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
  • Vermont Restaurant Week
  • Green Up Day
  • Waking Windows Music Festival
  • Vermont City Marathon

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