Central Vermont is the home to the capital city of Montpelier and the Vermont State legislature, as well as several state and federal agencies. The State House, Vermont's third, built in 1859 is located on the same site as the second. It was reconstructed with a similar plan, but on a larger scale and with a distinctly different ornamental scheme reflecting the Renaissance Revival style popular at the time. The State House was rebuilt over the course of two and a half years and it remains one of the nation's oldest and best preserved state capitols still in use.
Barre, known as the "granite capital of the world" is located nearby, offering tours of the quarries and manufacturing plant. The Hope Cemetery, world known, depicts early artisans' works as well as modern granite crafters' works.
The towns of Stowe and Waterbury attract vacationers year round for winter skiing at Stowe and Smugglers' Notch and summer tours of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory.
Central Vermont scenery includes a magnificent view of Camel’s Hump, Vermont's third highest mountain.