Burlington, VT Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Burlington, VT

The best time to visit Burlington is from May to September when the festival schedule picks up and the city bursts with greenery. The shoulder months of April and November welcome fewer crowds and reduced hotel rates but are less desirable for adventure travelers. April can get pretty muddy, and the tourism industry shuts down in November to prep for the winter sports season. Hotel prices spike from December to March, when skiers and snowboarders descend on the city's nearby slopes. 

Weather in Burlington, VT

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-March

With an average annual snowfall of 81 inches and some of northern Vermont's best ski slopes nearby, Burlington is a perfect hub for winter sports. But fair warning, the temperatures can be too chilly for some — ranging from the single digits to the low 30s — and some of the city's top sites will shorten their hours during inclement weather if they're open at all. 

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April

Avoid visiting in April if you can make a trip during Burlington's peak season. At this time of year, mud becomes commonplace as the city thaws and annoying little black flies wake from their winter naps. But with its warming temperatures — in the mid-30s to low 50s — this month is not as dead as November.

May-September

Burlington's monolithic peak season starts in late spring and goes straight into the leaf-peeping fall. Predictably, the temperature range is wide: May rarely sees 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but by the summer, the temps are in the high 70s to low 80s. Starting in September, the temperatures hover in the 50s and 60s.

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October-November

October and November can be barren months in Burlington. Too late for leaf-peeping and too early for snow sports, the season sees hotels and restaurants close down for a breather. But some attractions are still running and bargain-hunters will be happy to note that the room rates are cheaper at the hotels that do stay open. 

Popular Times to Visit Burlington, VT

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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