43. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Vermont
Why go: Craftsbury Outdoor Center, which covers 800 acres, is known for its winding network of cross-country ski trails. At least 105 kilometers connect the farms, fields, and forest through Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Science nerds will love learning about the Center’s long-term “snow farming” efforts with the University of Vermont: By storing snow under insulating woodchips, they’re able to make it last way past the end of winter, extending the season from November through March.
Where to stay: Rest your head in Newport, a little over a half hour from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. The Swedish-inspired Little Gnesta B & B is a collection of historic houses situated on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, one of the state’s two international glacial lakes, which share a border with Quebec. Canada is just six miles away.
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