Famous for its country inns, covered bridges, and recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, and cross country skiing, Vermont has a reputation for being the state with a "mind of its own." Visit Montpelier, the state's capital, which has the oldest and best-kept state house in the union. See Lake Champlain from the shore or on a schooner cruise, or visit one of the area's numerous historic sites. In Burlington, check out the summer jazz music festival. A trip to the Green Mountains area of Vermont is an absolute must. It is here that the ski resorts for which Vermont is so well known are located such as Killington and Stowe.