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The streams of Central Vermont are crossed by more than a dozen covered bridges, whose stories are evocative of the nation's past. The Vermont Marble Exhibit in Proctor, said to be the world's largest of its kind, comprises a natural history museum, art gallery and marble yard.

Spanning the shores of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains foothills, mid Vermont is graced with significant natural resources. An excursion on rural roads reveals farms thriving with strawberry fields, orchards, corn rows and pastures. In Whiting, the Cotswold Furniture Makers invite visitors to visit their workshop and showroom in a restored farmstead.

Remaining much as it was in its early boom days, Rutland is a busy municipal, commercial and transportation hub, part of the Crossroads of Vermont. This area also is a year-round vacation destination boasting all the classic outdoor recreational pursuits, including a Killington Resort in Killington and inn-to-inn bicycle trips.

Whatever the mode of recreational transportation - canoeing or kayaking, horseback, skiing and snowshoeing, hiking or biking - the Eastern Vermont Rivers and Byways area offers many places to explore. One 1871 landmark to explore is the Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, a working dairy with farmlife exhibits and family activities. A dairy bar is included.

White River Junction in the Upper Valley, designated a National Historic District, was the first and largest railroad hub in Vermont. Also in the valley is "Vermont's Grand Canyon," the 163-foot deep Quechee Gorge, which can be seen at the village of Quechee.

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