Lush foliage surrounds tranquil waters high in the Green Mountains.

The Green Mountains of Vermont are full of surprises. The historic mountain range is a great place for caving, hiking, skiing and gawking -- because that's what most visitors do: Whether staring at the snow-capped mountain peaks or Vermont's kaleidoscopic autumn foliage, they gawk, because they must.

The 250-mile-long Green Mountains become the Berkshires to the south in Massachusetts; to the west is Lake Champlain; and to the east are the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The 385,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest is the public's entry to the mountains. The national forest was formed in 1932 after floods and fires, exacerbated by excessive logging, threatened the region.

Nowadays, people say the Green Mountains boast six seasons -- winter, spring, summer, fall, mud (early spring), and Black Fly (late May to late July). Avoid those last two! Autumn is the Green's peak season: The fiery-hued foliage is unforgettable.

Vermont’s Green Mountains are a great family vacation destination, but they are also one of the nation’s best cliff diving spots. Check out the cliff diving article, video and images at Discovery’s Fearless Planet to learn more.

Green Mountains Information

Address: 231 North Main St. Rutland, VT

Phone: 802/747-6700

Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:
  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Vermont State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Vermont, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.