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Fit Travel: Adventures in Burlington, VT

Climbing, biking, boating, beer—with its mix of outdoor activities and fun indulgences, this college town might be your perfect weekend getaway for fall.

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It might be home to the University of Vermont and the birthplace of  Ben & Jerry’s, but Burlington, Vermont, is much more than a crunchy college town.

The northern retreat is just a short jaunt from New York City—hop on a plane and touch down in an hour. Spend the weekend climbing, biking, or sailing with panoramic views of the Adirondak Mountains, then take in some music while sipping a local microbrew. It's the perfect fall escape.

Explore like a man…

Tackle challenging indoor climbing routes or brave the rope-free boulder passes at Petra Cliffs. A beginner package includes climbing shoes, a harness, a day pass, and belaying orientation—basically, everything you need to get going except a buff upper body—and will only set you back $25 bucks.You can also skip the man-made rock walls and scale some outdoor obstacles. Head up into the Adriondaks for mountaineering lessons; call ahead for reservations.

Want to zip along the waterfront? Rent a bike from North Star Sports for just $28 per day. Ambitious sightseers can download a map of local paths and plan out a route ahead of time. You can’t go wrong with the 7.5-mile Burlington Bike Path, which passes six waterfront parks.

You can also get out on the water with boating lessons or rentals. Sign up for an intro class at The Community Sailing Center, where experienced skippers can rent keelboats, dinghies, canoes, and kayaks by the hour.

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