Road Trip Through Connecticuit
Historic Steam Trains | Mountain Music | Mountains | Appalaichian Trail | Amazing Antiques | Luxury Spas | Mark Twain | Hartford | Mystic Seaport | Coastal Charm | Amazing Wine Trails
Connecticut is a beautiful state filled with destinations, attractions, fun towns and cities and much more. This state is an amazing place to enjoy a road trip. Visitors to Connecticut can focus on a single region for a road trip, or spend a longer period of time exploring the entire state. Here are a few ideas for destinations and road trip stops throughout the state.
Music MountainFans of Chamber music should be sure to visit the Music Mountain festival during the summer, located in the north western region of the state. This is the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in the country. Music Mountain was founded in 1930 and is now in its 8th decade. Notable musicians come from around the world to participate in the festival. Music Mountain brings together professionals and amateurs to enjoy and educate on chamber music. Each season, the festival has a series of 16 concerts for everyone to enjoy. Visitors will also find that the property and buildings at Music Mountain are listed on the National Register of HIstoric Places. The centerpiece of Music Mountain is Gordon Hall, which is one of the best chamber music facilities in the country.
LitchfieldIn the northwestern region of Connecticut, the Litchfield region, visitors will find plenty of history and activities. Those travelers that love outdoor recreation should be sure not to miss the Connecticut section of the Appalachian trail. There are over 51 miles of the trail that pass through the state in the northwestern region. Hikers can also climb up Bear Mountain, near Salisbury, which is the tallest peak in Connecticut, where there are amazing panoramic views of the area. Litchfield also has some wonderful vineyards and maple sugarhouses. In addition the region has some great historic destinations like Bull's Bridge, which crosses the Housatonic River, dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War and has a delightful bit of lore associated with George Washington. The story goes that George Washington's own horse fell into the river near Bull's Bridge. There is even some documentation that confirms that there was an expensive rescue of a horse at Bull's Bridge Falls.
Mayflower Inn & Spa, WashingtonIn the western central region of Connecticut, visitors can stop at the Mayflower Inn & Spa. The Mayflower Inn & Spa is a fantastic luxury spa in the state and is a fantastic destination for visitors looking for some rest and relaxation on their road trip. Visitors stay in individually decorated rooms, and enjoy unique spa experiences. In addition to the luxury experience visitors can enjoy relaxing recreation at the nearby Steep Rock Nature Preserve.
WoodburyAlso in the western central region of Connecticut, this town has a little bit of everything for antique enthusiasts, and it is one of the best antiquing destinations to be found in the state. There are high end dealers and little shops, and many are located in historic homes. Each of these has unique items worth exploring. This town has antiques from around the world, but those that enjoy finding antique furniture will especially love this destination, since the area has some great American furniture options.
HartfordThe Hartford or central region of Connecticut has beautiful art and architecture. Visitors can view windows created by Louis Tiffany at the Center Church. For a little more history combined with architecture you can take a tour of Mark Twain's home in Hartford. Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain lived in Hartford from 1874 to 1891, and the Mark Twain House is the location where Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were created. For a little more excitement, or if you're just a car lover visit the Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs and watch the NASCAR auto racing on Fridays.
Mystic and Coastal RegionOn the coast of Connecticut, Mystic is a delightful town with many attractions to delight. The Aquarium and Institute for Exploration is a great spot to enjoy a close look at aquatic life, including rays, sea lions and even penguins. Another of Mystic's real treasures is the Mystic Seaport -- The Museum of America and the Sea. This is one of the nation's leading maritime museums. Visitors to the museum can explore historic ships, view stars in the planetarium, watch demonstrations of maritime trades and even see the working preservation shipyard. Visitors that enjoy shopping can spend some time at Olde Mistick Village. This is an open-air market, and visitors can enjoy exploring the over 40 stores within the market, which have gifts and much more. Another fantastic feature of the market is it's architecture. The entire market is designed to resemble a Colonial village and has a duck pond, a waterwheel, brick pathways, Victorian gazebo and much more.
Nearby visitors can enjoy the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is a great way to see the country in Connecticut. It is the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country. Passengers start their journey at the Essex Station, and board the vintage cars and authentic steam locomotive and enjoy a narrated trip to the Connecticut River. At Deep River Landing, passengers are taken to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Passengers on the riverboat enjoy a cruise along the Connecticut River, where they can see Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. The riverboat then returns to Deep River Landing where passengers return to the train for their trip back to Essex Station.