The state of Connecticut is just two hours away from New York City and offers some of the most scenic drives imaginable. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Merritt Parkway: 59.5 km/37 miles
Spanning Connecticut’s “Gold Coast,” the Merritt is known for its scenic route which passes through a forest. As well, the architecture of its overpasses is impressive.
The Art Deco bridges along the route are individually designed, and the surrounding foliage is especially beautiful in spring and fall. It’s so pleasant that the route is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and, as well, is designated as a National Scenic Byway.
The parkway’s road signs show that it’s part of Route 15 and starts at the New York State/Connecticut border in Greenwich. Allow around an hour to complete the route if you don’t plan on stopping off.
Litchfield Landscapes: 120 km/75 miles
Notable for its rolling hills and rich farming history, Litchfield Landscapes is the perfect escape from New York City. If you’re a history buff you’ll love the 1833 church and the Victorian town hall. If wine’s more your thing about 5 miles from Litchfield are two noteworthy vineyards — Miranda Vineyard and Sunset Meadow Vineyards.
While you’re passing through you’ll come upon Tyler Lake before arriving in the picturesque village of West Cornwall. From here you have the choice of enjoying some sightseeing or fly fishing, or continuing on to Mohawk State Forest.
Begin this drive in Goshen on Route 63 South or Route 4 West to discover a little slice of scenic heaven.
Connecticut State Route 169: 51.5 km/32 miles
Route 169 is another National Scenic Byway and is famous for winding its way through some of the last unspoiled areas in the northeast United States. The journey along this road is dotted with colonial homesteads, original stone walls, and quaint 1800s churches as it traverses Connecticut and heads into Massachusetts.
The surroundings on this road are stunning. You’ll pass towns with beautifully-kept parks and you’ll see maple and pine stands as well as glacially deposited rocks strewn throughout the fields on either side of the route.