Stowe Sights & Attractions

Stowe, Vermont is a great place to vacation because of its numerous sights and fantastic attractions.  Stowe also features many sensational annual events.  The Stowe Balloon Festival, the Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest, the famous Stowe Christmas Fair, the annual British Classic Antique Auto Show and many others. Drive along the scenic Mt. Mansfield toll road. Learn about the heritage of Stowe and all of Vermont by visiting one of the Vermont Ski and Snowboarding Museum. Experience the vibrant artistic and theatrical culture that makes Stowe such an interesting and unique place. The list of things to see and places to visit is only limited by your imagination!

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Stowe Mountain ResortStowe Mountain Resort

Quite possibly the most well-known attraction in Stowe, the award-winning Stowe Mountain Resort holds a special place in our community. Its preeminent position in the resort industry results from a dedication to providing the best quality skiing and riding experience for everyone, while honoring the incredible natural beauty of the surrounding area. The resort’s philosophy is best summed up by the phrase “culture, community and company.”

Come hit the slopes, relax in the luxurious lodge, or rent a slope side condominium. The Stowe Mountain Resort is definitely the place to be while snow is on the ground. For summertime vacationers, there is a wonderful array of activities in the Attractions Park, including hang gliding, rock climbing, and the inflatable obstacle course. For those with a more leisurely disposition, take a stroll down the recreation path or visit the historic ski museum.

Stowe Gondola

Take in the majestic view atop Vermont’s highest mountain as you ride peacefully on Stowe’s famous gondola. At the peak of Mt. Mansfield you’ll access hiking trails, the Summit gift shop, or dine in style at the exquisite Cliff House Restaurant.

Stoweflake Balloon Festival, Stowe VermontHot Air Balloon Rides

Experience the magic of flight with a relaxing hot air balloon ride over Mount Mansfield. Stoweflake President Chuck Baraw can show you Vermont as you have never seen it before. Witness the majestic tranquility of rolling woodlands that makes Stowe and the surrounding area such a popular place to visit.  Make your reservation today!

ZiplineZip Line Canopy Tours

Come experience the thrill of zipping down the mountain during a zip line canopy tour. Enjoy spectacular views from the top of the mountain, take a deep breath while the attendant is attaching your carabineer to the line. You achieve speeds of up to 60 miles per hour as you launch through the open air. Located at nearby Smuggler’s Notch, Arbortrek was voted “One of the Best Wilderness Zip Line Tours in the US” by Outside Magazine.

SailplaneGliding and Soaring

Yet another airborne adventure that combines spectacular thrills with the peaceful majesty of flying above Stowe’s dramatic landscapes, gliding is a great activity for your warm weather vacation. Located just 6 miles to the north,  Stowe Soaring is yet another great location to visit, offering the opportunity to take flight with their experienced pilots. A “smooth and graceful ride on silent wings.” You can even try your hand at flying one of these sleek aircraft! Looking for adventure? You’ll find it here in Stowe.

Stowe Lantern TourGuided Tours

Take in all the sights and attractions while learning about the rich history of Stowe. There are countless options for these outstanding guided tours. Bert’s Boats, located in nearby Jeffersonville, provides scenic Canoe & Kayak tours through the Green Mountains. Try the “Taste of Vermont” tour or relax in style as you are transported by a chauffeur.

Another great option is the “Stowe at Night Lantern Tour.” Traverse the village while being regaled with spooky tales of ghosts from Stowe’s past. Travel back in time as you imagine life as a settler on the new frontier.

Photos of Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road, Stowe

Auto Toll Road

The historic auto Toll Road meanders its way to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield where stunning views of local landmarks like Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains await you!
This photo of Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Scenic DrivesScenic Drives

There is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the scenic splendor of Stowe. Especially popular during the fall foliage season, many of these suggested drives begin at the Stowe Visitor Center right on Main Street in Stowe Village. Take it all in from the comfort of your car, or stop by the roadside to get a better look. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Stowe Bike PathRecreation Path

The Stowe Recreation Path, proud recipient of many prestigious awards, was expanded to its current 5.3 mile iteration in 1989. This local treasure is free for use by the public, and is enjoyed year-round by cyclists, joggers, and cross-country skiers. There are many options along the path for dining and shopping during an evening soiree or afternoon constitutional, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, secluded swimming holes, and convenient picnic tables.

 

Ski MuseumVT Ski &Snowboard Museum

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum captures the tradition of skiing and riding here in Vermont, including a “collection of skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, memorabilia, art, photographs and archive material chronicling the evolution of winter sports in Vermont.” Visit the shop for vintage posters and unique Vermont arts and crafts. The museum puts on a number of exciting events each year, so be sure to check your calendar in advance.