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Burlington is a college-town in Northwestern and largest city in Vermont, United States alongshore Lake Champlain. It is easiest to hitchhike out of Burlington either through gas stations, or at a bus stop, where drivers will have space to pull over.
North/South along the I-89 (St. Albans/Quebec Border or Montpelier)
Like most on-ramp in Burlington, the one to I-89 North (exit 14) nearest, and coming from the University of Vermont otherwise works as a funnel, without a shoulder along the road, so there is no space for the fast-moving/dense traffic to pull aside safely.
On the western side of the Interstate, you can try to hitch by the gas station and Mall that are located just by the on-ramp.
On the Eastern side of the Interstate, there is a possibility to hitch so that cars can pull in the entrance of the various shops preferably if you are heading north along the Interstate.
Burlington International Airport
Burlington Airport is a cheap fly-in/fly-out alternative to travel to Quebec without the Canadian Air cost restrictions, with most major Airlines (Northwest - Continental - United ...), the airport is located only 40 miles off the border at St-Armand, Monteregie. Landing at Burlington Airport, it is easy to walk along White Street until Williston Road to hitch at the entrance of the I-89.
Along Route 2
Along Route 7
Many hikers and climbers from Burlington will take this Route into New York/Southern Adirondack opposed to taking the Ferry. Depending on where they are heading, this route may be cheaper and faster for them. Walk along 7 South and find a bus stop about 1/4 mile out of town. It costs $1.25 and goes pretty far south. Get out right after the bus turns off the 7, or ask the bus driver to notify you about the bus stop right before he/she turns. There is a shoulder just beyond the light to hitch-hike from. You shouldn't have to wait more than 30 minutes. Be picky about the ride you accept, one of the worst places to get stuck along is the 9n/74 in upstate New York where the majority of locals hate hitch-hikers and the tourists won't even acknowledge your existence. It once took an experienced hitch-hiker 3 days to escape the lower Adirondack, after multiple threats from locals and other various social dangers. Once you are north of the 74, things get better, the locals become nicer. This hitch-hiker had hitched over 4800 miles in 2 months, and still considers this area his least favorite place in the country. Some say Pepper spray is advised.
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