While you might have come to the area for Kingdom Trail’s exceptional trail network, there is so much more to see if you have the time! Maybe you are traveling with your family and they don’t want to spend the whole day riding, maybe your significant other doesn’t ride, or maybe you want to explore what the area has to offer! Read on below for our favorite off the beaten path destinations near Kingdom Trails.
Lake Willoughby is stunning. Seriously, this is a spot you don’t want to miss! Sheer cliffs tower over deep blue water – you’d have no idea you were in Vermont! There are two beaches, one on both the North and South sides, and we recommend that you check out both. Pro tip: make an afternoon out of it and take the scenic route back to Burke by way of Parker Pie. Eat pizza on picnic tables in the middle of vast farmland surrounded by endless fields.
The Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch
The drive through Franconia Notch alone is worth the drive from Burke! The Flume Gorge is an absolutely beautiful and impressive piece of natural architecture. Keep in mind that the Flume Gorge does charge an admission fee, and is not dog friendly. However, there are several other hiking spots (the basin, for one) in the area that are totally free and dog friendly. Pro tip: make it a day trip and stop off in Littleton before or after for a bite. We love Chang Thai for delicious thai food, or head to Bethlehem and stop in at Rek-Lis brewery!
The Newport Bike Path
Ok, this one is really under the radar but is one of our favorite things to recommend to clients! Newport, VT has an exceptional bike path that follows the natural path along Lake Memphremagog. The views are stunning, and the path is very beginner-friendly, making it perfect for a family outing. Make sure you park at the hospital as opposed to the center of Newport in order to cut out cycling through some traffic.
Protip: Bring your passport! Go through the border crossing by bike (such a unique experience) in Beebe and head into the town of Stanstead for some crepes at Le Tomifobia. We also love Cafe Chansons pour Elle. Both are easily accessible via the main road as you cross over the border.
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