Okay, so Vermont may be
the only New England state without a coastline, but it's
got plenty of mountains (and if you believe the song,
plenty of moonlight, too). Not too far behind its
neighbor Massachusetts, Vermont's first established
colony dates back to 1666, smack dab on the Isle of La
Motte in Lake Champlain. And believe it or don't,
Vermont has one of the most rural populations in the
country, with most of its residents living in areas
having a population of less than 3,000 (and you thought
Montana was isolated).
But while Montana is big and wide, Vermont is ...
well, cozy and snug. And very close to the major hubs of
New England: Boston, New York, Hartford, Conn., and
let's not forget Vermont's own Burlington, the state's
largest city. This vernal land is also amply dotted with
museums and historical sites, and state politicians
recently enacted one of the country's most progressive
environmental protection initiatives, ranking it right
up next to Oregon in pursuing aggressive "green"
legislation. So grab your virtual canoe and head toward
the clear waters of Lake Champlain, via these cyber