The Shires of Vermont Byway


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationVT
  • Length25 miles
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The Shires of Vermont Byway


This beautiful region in southwestern Vermont is nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains and has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns, historically referred to as county seats. Anchored by Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages are connected by the scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A. Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley, The Shires has long been a popular four-season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. A wide range of culinary, lodging, shopping, recreational opportunities await the traveler.

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