“This is such beautiful country up here - it should be called the Northeast Kingdom.”
Vermont State Senator George Aiken, on a visit to the region in 1949
In 2006, the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations agreed and took it a step further by partnering with the local community to launch the Geotourism program in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. At the time, the Northeast Kingdom was one of only a handful of destinations selected by National Geographic to participate in a Geotourism program.
Geo•tour•ism (n): Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
Geotourism values, practices, and offerings include many of the best aspects of a variety of types of tourism including ecotourism, heritage tourism, agritourism and culinary tourism to name a few. It encompasses a set of elements that incorporate the concept of sustainable tourism - a commitment to enhance local economies while minimizing the negative impacts on the environment and local culture. Sustainability is the ability to live and develop within our means,without degradation or depletion of resources. These resources include the natural environment, human resources, cultural resources, as well as many others. In sustaining these we create a gift that is given from this generation to future generations.
As a traveler you have the ability to make a contribution to the places that you visit. By engaging in activities within our region and choosing to purchase local goods and services your visit will have a favorable impact on the local economy and help to preserve these offerings in the years ahead.