Discover Our Regions

Bordered on the north by Canada, on the east by the Connecticut River and on the west by the Green Mountains,

travelers experience nature in its purest form while visiting the Northeast Kingdom, or NEK (“EN-EE-KAY”) as it’s known to locals. Find peace and serenity driving along the quiet back roads or crank up the tunes for an epic road trip. GetNEKed means diving into the raw, authentic experiences of the Kingdom

Our region is full of adventure. From skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter to summer swims, scenic drives and epic sunsets. Year-round biking, hiking, music, arts and cultural events attract visitors from New England, Canada, and beyond.

Across the Kingdom, you can dine at award-winning restaurants, sip brews at a craft brewery, then find comfort at local hotels, inns, campgrounds, and Airbnb’s.

Discover the three areas that make up Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom: The Eastern Trek, Farm & Field, and Mountain & Lake Getaway. Pick one area and make it your home base or plan a multi-day excursion across the Kingdom! And even if you take a wrong turn along your journey, there are no bad views in the Northeast Kingdom.

 No matter where you visit in the Kingdom, get NEKed and enjoy!

EASTERN TREK

Our Eastern Trek will meander you along the eastern side of the Kingdom where recreation, arts, food, and history are thriving. Explore the communities in and around St. Johnsbury, Lyndon, Burke, and Island Pond, which are home to Catamount Arts, Kingdom Trails, the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, and some of Vermont’s famed covered bridges.

Depending how far you follow the Eastern Trek, you may end up reaching some of Vermont’s most remote destinations including Canaan, home to April’s Maple.

FARM & FIELD

Head to the Farm & Field region to discover the heart and soul of the Kingdom. Surround yourself with the rolling hills and curving valleys of Craftsbury, Hardwick, and Greensboro.

Revel in the beauty of the region each season. Roll your windows down and smell the fresh cut grass. Stop by a farm stand or Farmer’s Market and savor fresh fruits and veggies. This region is also home to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, multiple state parks, and eclectic arts and history museums including Bread and Puppet, the Highland Center for the Arts, and The Museum of Everyday Life.

MOUNTAIN & LAKE GETAWAY

Considered one of the most authentic and pristine areas of New England, the northernmost region of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom offers vast open land, towering mountain peaks, and pristine waters to explore during every season.

The Mountain & Lake Getaway will bring you to communities including Newport, Jay, and Derby, where you’re basically able to touch the border!

Take a boat ride in Newport on Lake Memphremagog or hike the Willoughby State Forest overlooking Willoughby Lake. Stroll the streets of downtown Newport or head to the boardwalk and meander around the lake. This region is also home to Jay Peak Resort, a 4-season destination offering some of the Kingdom’s best skiing, biking, and recreational fun for all ages.

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Funding for this site was provided with support from:
A Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development, Federal funds under award 01-79-14768 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, The Northern Border Regional Commission, The Vermont Community Foundation, Northern Forest Center.

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