Montpelier, Vermont, is the smallest state capital in the U.S. Montpelier is home to about 8,000 people in a state that is the second-least populated in the country. Montpelier is located in the central third of the state, situated at the foothills just to the east of the Green Mountains.
Montpelier is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of the Vermont government. The Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts are located here. Exhibits in the State House feature Vermont’s role in the Civil War. Next door, the Vermont Museum showcases the state’s history. Montpelier is home to interests as diverse as the Vermont Philharmonic and the Capital City Farmers’ Market, which runs from May to October. And be sure to catch the view from the Hubbard Park Tower, a 50-foot stone tower that provides excellent views. An unusual but worthwhile attraction is the Rock of Ages granite quarry outside Montpelier. In nearby Waterbury is the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. The city is also where the New England Culinary Institute is located, virtually guaranteeing you a high-quality meal.
Montpelier is located along Interstate 89. Both I-89 and U.S. 2 provide a direct link to Burlington and the Lake Champlain Valley. Amtrak provides daily service from Montpelier, operating the Vermonter between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C. Greyhound Bus Lines operates buses that serve Montpelier. The Green Mountain Transit Authority (GMTA) runs a local bus network throughout the micropolitan area. The Edward F. Knapp State Airport accommodates smaller private craft. The closest commercial airport is located 35 miles northwest of Montpelier, at the Burlington International Airport.
Two shared-use paths for walking and bicycling connect to Montpelier -- the Cross Vermont Trail and the Central Vermont Regional Path. Montpelier's downtown is relatively compact and pedestrian friendly, with sidewalks and crosswalks throughout the downtown area.
Montpelier features long, cold, and snowy winters, cool to mild springs and autumns, and warm summers.