Beautiful and bucolic Connecticut is crisscrossed with roads that weave through picturesque countryside and charming New England towns. Motorcyclists will find that while this state’s coastal plain and central valley are relatively flat, parts of Connecticut are hilly, especially its northwestern region. In addition, Connecticut boasts 250 miles of beautiful Long Island Sound shoreline.
Motorcyclists looking for a scenic back route into New York City that is also interesting and truck-free will enjoy winding Merritt Parkway. The natural beauty of this road, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is enhanced by approximately 70 ornamental Neo-Classical and Modernistic bridges. This 37-mile road stretches from the town of Greenwich to the town of Stratford.
Riders in northern Connecticut looking for a scenic ride through bucolic farmland and pretty forests will enjoy cruising along Route 197/190, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing and the countryside is ablaze with color. Motorcyclists can pick up this route from North Woodstock by heading west on Route 197. After about 25 miles, the road changes to 190. Riders will continue on 190, which will cross the Connecticut River, before ending at Route 159, near the town of Enfield.
For those riders who enjoy hilly rides, the following 102-mile loop, which starts in Granby and ends in Canaan, boasts elevation changes, as well as twisties and beautiful scenery. To begin this route, motorcyclists take Route 20 west from Granby to Winsted. Route 20 will cross through beautiful Tunxis State Forest during this portion of the ride. When riders reach Winsted, they will then get on Route 44, heading west. In the village of Lakeville, riders will need to get on Route 41 south until they reach the town of Sharon, where they will then head south on Route 4 to Cornwall Bridge. From here, motorcyclists will take Route 7 south along the Appalachian Trail to New Milford, where they will turn onto Route 45 north to return to Cornwall Bridge. Finally, motorcyclists return to Route 7 and head north to this loop’s end point in Canaan.
Like Merritt Parkway, Connecticut State Route 169 has earned an America’s Byways designation. This 32-mile route takes riders through classic New England countryside and charming villages, and it is yet another of Connecticut’s roads that are especially gorgeous in the fall leaf-changing season. Motorcyclists begin this route south of Lisbon and head north past Pomfret -- and its beautiful churches that date to the 1800s – and Woodstock before ending their ride at the Massachusetts-Connecticut border.
State Route 146 is a beautiful, 12-mile winding coastal route that has been designated as a state scenic road. This is a narrow road that takes riders past marshlands and through the seaside towns of Guilford and Branford. While in Branford, motorcyclists may want to take a break from their two-wheeled steeds to climb aboard one of the cruise boats that can take them around the pretty Thimble Islands, which are also sometimes referred to as the Hundred Islands.
Motorcyclists in Connecticut can enjoy a number of rides, rallies and shows during the year, including the Connecticut State HOG Rally. This three-day event is held in Bristol and features music and lots of vendor booths.
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