Scotland has the Loch Ness Monster, Vermont has "Champ," the creature that purportedly haunts Lake Champlain.
Topped by the University of Vermont's gothic Victorian spires, Burlington slopes precipitously into the sapphire waters of Lake Champlain. Named after 17th-century French explorer Samuel de Champlain, America's "sixth great lake" runs 110 miles from Canada to New York.
Once a lumber and textile state, this freshwater corridor served for generations as Vermont's conduit to the outside world — and Burlington's coveted port was its Grand Central station. Twentieth-century stewards have since transformed this resource from transportation hub to urban jewel; Lake Champlain is a panoramic backdrop during your stay in the Queen City.