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Did you know that Vermont boasts the most breweries per capita of anywhere in the United States? What's more, there is a powerhouse group of breweries in Burlington offering a great atmosphere and a collection of innovative new brews.

The Magic Hat Brewing Company has a Victorian-Gothic circus-themed decor and its seriously unconventional atmosphere sets it apart as one of the most eclectic breweries around. If you're taking a walk along the Waterfront, stop into Foam Brewers, which offers a collection of seasonally rotating brews alongside local cheeses, meats and breads. Other local favorites are: Zero Gravity, Burlington Beer Company, Switchback Brewing Co. and Queen City Brewery.

The Vermont Brewers Association also offers a recommended Burlington Beer Trail if you can’t quite pick where to start. If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, consider signing up for a tour with City Brew Tour. You'll enjoy transportation to each brewery, snacks, behind-the-scenes tours and beer samples for one all-inclusive price.

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#1 Shelburne Museum

From weathervanes, quilts and American art to transplanted 1950s-era homes, a railroad station and a fully outfitted steamboat, the Shelburne Museum really does have a little of everything on display. Nearly 40 buildings, filled with various exhibits, span the museum's 45 acres. There's even a respectable collection of impressionist paintings, featuring the works of Degas, Cassatt, Manet and Monet.

Recent visitors were equally impressed with the museum's artifacts as they were with its grounds. You can spend hours learning about the exquisite displays and buildings, but also mosey along the grounds simply taking in the beautiful scenery.

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