Follow The Connecticut River Along This Scenic Drive Through Connecticut
The mighty Connecticut River is the longest river in New England. It flows through the entirety of the Nutmeg State, from our northern border on down to the southern shore, passing by countless scenic sights, historic stops, natural wonders, and unique destinations. If you’re looking for a road trip in Connecticut that will take you to some of the prettiest places in the state, check out the scenic Connecticut River Loop for a fantastic road trip no matter the time of year.
It’s amazing that one river flows all the way through our great state! Did we miss your favorite stop along the Connecticut River Loop? Share your must-visit attractions in the comments.
Of course, this pretty drive isn’t the only way to explore everything our state has to offer. We have over a dozen of the best road trips in Connecticut already planned for you! Add an RV rental to your journey, and you have yourself the makings of the perfect getaway.
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Connecticut River Loop & Related Info
Does Connecticut have any scenic byways?
We love the Connecticut River Loop, but Connecticut also has an incredible 52 official scenic byways (both national and state), as well as numerous scenic roads and trails that crisscross every region of the state.
- Route 1 is perfect for beach lovers.
- Route 7 winds all the way down the entire western border of Connecticut.
- Route 146 is short and sweet, but offers a plethora of waterfront views.
- Route 169 is a dreamy road trip through some of the most charming small towns in Connecticut.
What are the best botanical gardens in Connecticut?
Spring, summer, fall... every season is garden season in scenic Connecticut! Fortunately, you can stroll through those phenomenal sights and experience Connecticut's vibrant flora up close and personal. Here are some of our favorite botanical gardens in CT to explore:
- Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
- Connecticut College Arboretum
- Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum
- Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
- Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme
- Gertrude Jekyll Gardens, Woodbury
- Harkness Memorial State Park
- Hollister House Garden
- Marsh Botanical Garden
- Meigs Point Nature Center, Madison
- Richard D. Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens
- Wickham Park
What are some of the most beautiful places in Connecticut?
From fantastic waterfalls and canyons to lakes, geologic formations, parks, and man-made natural wonders, some of our favorite beautiful places in Connecticut include:
- Candlewood Lake
- Elizabeth Park
- Essex, Connecticut
- Killingly, Connecticut
- Hollister House Garden
...and so many more!