Connecticut June 02, 2017
The 9 Best Backroads In Connecticut For A Long Scenic Drive
Any Connecticut local knows that the winding backroads, covered by canopies of trees and traversing through small forgotten towns, are the only thing that make the drive actually worth it. When you have to be somewhere fast the highways are a fine choice, but whenever possible you should slow down and really enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. That’s easy to do when you utilize these scenic backroads. Check them out:
1. Route 219
This lonely road is perfect for a Sunday morning drive. Who needs a destination on this historic drive? Passing the Barkhamsted Reservoir and the Saville Dam, this already scenic drive is boosted by water views.
2. Route 169
With its quiet towns and rolling hills, everywhere in the Quiet Corner feels like a backroad. One of only two official scenic byways, this drive is the most beautiful in the state and includes stops at historical homes. It's ripe with New England charm!
3. Route 27
This road lets you see the quaint and historic Mystic up close and also passes a Stonington vineyard. With optional detours to local historic homes and wildlife areas this road could easily be converted in to its own road trip.
4. Route 148
Easily connect to other routes to extend your drive and enjoy some amazing river views. This route crosses the Connecticut River using the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry making it one of the more unique waterfront drives. Plus it has all the curves that backroads are beloved for.
5. Route 154
Drive from Old Saybrook to Haddam and see the celebrity stomping grounds that the region is known for. Stately homes and Harvey's Beach complete this fun drive.
6. Route 85
This road was created especially for nature lovers. You'll see plenty of dense forested areas and can even make a stop at Blackledge Falls. The historic Comstick Covered Bridge is here too so why not stop to stretch your legs?
7. Connecticut 63
This drive through the Litchfield area is one of the quietest you can take. It's picture perfect from beginning to end, passsing small towns and farmlands as it connects Goshen to Cornwall.
8. Route 44
Here's another trip to the Quiet Corner you're sure to love. A real showstopper in the fall season, this road is a far cry from the crowded city streets you get everywhere else. Sit back, relax and enjoy the quintessential small town views.
From Brookfield to Sharon you'll find 35 miles of scenic backroads to help you avoid the congested highway scene. Pass the HOusatonic River on this densely forested two lane road. Perfect for summer, cruise with the windows down and enjoy the quiet that surrounds you on this perfect road.
For a more adventurous drive, take a slow drive down this
haunted street. If you dare.