White River Junction Area
(1 hour, 27 minutes from Burlington; 2 hours, 4 minutes from Boston)
The flagship campus of America’s oldest flour company is akin to the Holy Grail for home bakers. Stop in for a golden croissant, a cup of coffee and the excellent retail store. At the on-site Baking School, instructors will school you on everything from British meat pies to wild yeast.
135 Route 5, Norwich
This tiny museum is a modern-day cabinet of curiosities offering a mix of international and quirky Americana objects, like the Connecticut River Sea Monster. Each item, writes the museum, “tells some kind of story about human beings and the complex, sometimes baffling universe of which we are a part.”
58 Bridge St., White River Junction
A perennial family favorite, the Montshire offers fascinating science exhibits and miles of nature trails. Daily programming includes science yoga, animal tracking and family science activities, and indoor interactive exhibits cover topics such as bubbles, motion and life in local waters.
1 Montshire Rd., Norwich
Pull over at a bridge on Route 4, summon all your courage and peer down. One hundred and sixty-five feet below, the Ottauquechee River flows through Vermont’s deepest gorge, carved by glaciers roughly 13,000 years ago. They don’t call it “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon” for nothin’.
5800 Woodstock Rd., Hartford
How often does a raptor swoop two feet above your head? At VINS, visitors can experience this any day of the week. The 47-acre campus presents daily outdoor raptor programs with live owls, hawks, falcons and kestrels. For a view of the world from a bird’s perspective, head into the woods for the Forest Canopy Walk.
149 Natures Way, Quechee