Burlington, VT

Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain you'll find one of the coolest cities in New England. Burlington is the place to come if you're looking for a low-key getaway in a laid-back town. You won't beat the shops, atmosphere, and people-watching opportunities on Church Street and, thanks to the four universities in town, you'll have trouble finding a more open-minded, educated populace in the United States. And for active travelers, activity abounds! Burlington has an incredibly physically active culture, and people always seem to be either running, cycling, skiing, hiking, or sitting on a patio and drinking a local microbrew while recovering from one of the former endeavors. Get ready to lace up your trainers or clip into your pedals as soon as you get into town!

The city of Burlington is concentrated around Church Street, Main Street, and a plethora of side avenues that spill downhill from the University of Vermont towards the lakeshore. If you're up and about early in the day, you can pretty much go for a run along any of them. But there is one must-run path in town that you are obliged to try, and it will provide you a workout you'll never forget. Keep reading to find out more!

Watch Out For: 
  • Water: Vermont had experienced an unusually wet spring when BTG was out researching the area. The rivers were swollen and the lake overflowing with water. We were fortunately able to get in a good run along the Burlington Bikeway, but had we visited a few weeks earlier, we wouldn't have been able to do that.
  • Winter: Vermont winters are everything that they are cracked up to be, and more. Be sure to pack your warmest running layers if you intend to visit the city from December to March.
  • The Desire to Go for a Bike Ride: There's great running to be had in Burlington, but there's some truly fantastic road cycling just beyond the city limits. With a multiplicity of places where you can rent a speedy two-wheeler, you might give into the urge to ride instead of run. That, in BTG's eyes, is perfectly okay.

In the mood to rent a bike?
Local Motion had a trailside center where you can find a variety of cycles geared towards all levels of riders (pun intended). Their website can also direct you to some other rental shops around town.