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Golden view of Connery Pond in the Adirondacks in New York
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    Vermont
    New York
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The USA may be vast, but, with the right planning, you can make every day count and experience a variety of places in a short amount of time.

Choosing the right home base will allow you to explore multiple destinations in only a few days. A visit to Burlington, Vermont, for example, will allow you to easily visit three spectacular mountainous parks in just five days.

Home Base: Burlington, Vermont

Burlington is a quirky college town in Vermont that sits on the shores of glistening Lake Champlain, which borders New York state. Burlington is home to independent coffee shops, farm-to-table restaurants and artsy boutiques. But its location amid three parks also makes it a gathering spot for adventurers.

Basing yourself in Burlington will grant you easy access to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, the Adirondacks region in New York and White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. All three parks are within a three-hour drive from the city; you can rent a car at Burlington International Airport, which is west of town, or right in the heart of the city.

Church Street at night in Burlington

Church Street at night in Burlington
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