Nature April 05, 2016
Take These 10 Country Roads In Connecticut For An Unforgettable Scenic Drive
Even a state as scenic as Connecticut can get lost behind all the buildings and bustling cities. But these roads will let you return to the Connecticut you know and love. With spring coming in, these would be perfect for a scenic day trip with the windows down.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Route 27
Start in Mystic and head north to Route 184. You'll pass through a vineyard in Stonington and are free to take the detour to Barn Island Wildlife Management Area. Take in all the trees and historic homes this area has area has to offer on the 30-mile round trip drive.
2. Route 146
These 13 miles between Branford and Guilford are more than just a scenic alternative to the US 1. They're a scenic dream, taking you by Youngs Pond and over the Branford River.
3. Route 8
Start at Route 8 in Torrington, also known as James H Darcey Memorial Highway, and head North to Route 44. Passing the Saville Dam and Barkhamsted Reservoir will move you to snap photographs. This drive is fantastic at night as well.
Take the US-7 in to the CT-41 from Brookfeild to Sharon and enjoy 35 miles of greatness as you pass the Housatonic River and the heavily wooded two lane spaces.
5. Merritt Parkway
This historic road in Fairfield County is a 37-mile stretch of National Scenic Byway. It's known for the architecture of its ovrerpasses. One of the greatest drives on a winter's day.
6. Route 169
You'll be glad you know about this road come autumn! The foliage along this peaceful strip is to die for. You will pass through quaint towns with colonial structures and lots of rolling farmland.
7. Connecticut 63
Start on the 63 in Goshen and then catch the 128 in to Cornwall for a look at the Litchfield area. These towns are known for being picturesque, and this two lane drive will be devoid of noise or trucks.
8. Route 149
Follow the Salmon River to the beloved Connecticut River as you drive from Colchester to East Haddam. This vineyard filled road is also heavily wooded, culminating at the famed Goodspeed Opera House.
9. Route 94
Jump from the 94 to the 85 to the 16 as you travel from Glastonbury to East Hampton. You'll pass Blackledge Falls and get to pay a visit to the covered Comstock Bridge.
10. Route 154
Follow the Connecticut coast from Old Saybrook to Haddam as you pass the renowned Harvey's Beach and Fenwick, where celebrities come to feel the breeze.
I wish I was on the road right now! Have you had a chance to take any of these roads?