The restored 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, Vermont, is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1906, the Ticonderoga operated on Lake Champlain until 1953. Two years later it was moved overland from the lake to the museum in a remarkable feat of engineering that stands as one of the great feats of maritime preservation. Image courtesy Shelburne Museum. ///// ----- 19shelburne
Kids play in front of the Ticonderoga steamboat at Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, Vermont.
Shelburne Museum

There are plenty of reasons to travel to Vermont.

With its 808 lakes and ponds, more than 7,000 miles of rivers and streams, 1,000 miles of hiking trails, 50 state parks, 100 campgrounds, 223 mountains over 2,000 feet in elevation (Vermont’s highest peak is Mount Mansfield at 4,393 feet), and 19 downhill ski areas, there is so much to do and see.

But a new tourism survey says many folks who travel to Vermont are influenced to go there by family and friends, reports the Associated Press.

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We found evidence of this on social media, where people have been posting photos of family vacations and reunions with friends taking place in the Green Mountain State this summer.

Bailey Rae wrote this beside her Instagram post: “Our view for the weekend #Family #Vacation #Vermont #Beautiful #Kayak #Boating #Mountains #GodIsAwesome #LovingLife”

Ronnie from Florida posted this on Twitter:

Austin Brown from Georgia visited a friend. He posted this photo on Instagram, writing “Leaving one of my best friends Monday. Haha gonna miss you! #summer #vacation #wcw #Vermont”

Looks like Anna enjoyed a family vacation to Vermont. She posted this photo of a boat ride with her cousin, writing, “Ferry ride with my bud #ferry #boat #riding #derek #cousin #vermont #vacation”

Morenita from Providence posted this, writing, “My view #getaway #family time #caminerosummer2014 #travel #iwokeuptothis #beautifulview #Vermont”

Sisters road trip! Melissa Kontos from New York posted this, writing, “Kontos sisters road trip #burlington #vermont”