The Best Connecticut Spots for a Summer Road Trip

The Best Connecticut Spots for a Summer Road TripWhether you’re a Connecticut native or a visitor swinging through the state this summer, there’s a lot of fun to be had here. Connecticut is full of both fascinating American history and vast natural expanses, offering something for everyone. In spite of its tiny size the state offers a variety of unique destinations to explore, and there are attractions that are sure to satisfy many different types of adventures.

Whether you’re road tripping alone, with friends, or the whole family, there are many spots to visit and things to do. Summertime is perfect for Connecticut’s beautiful natural attractions, and here are some of our favorites.

Gillette Castle State Park

Gillette Castle Park is located in East Haddam. Here you will be able to explore the elaborate castle-style mansion that was once home to William Gillette, the actor who originally played Sherlock Holmes. You will also find many hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping grounds along the river.

Fees: There are no fees for parking or entering the grounds. Castle tours have a per-person fee.

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian trail runs through the towns of Kent and Cornwall. With this trail you can hike along one of America’s largest and most well-known mountain ranges along the Housatonic River. There are both beginner and advanced level hiking trails. For the serious hikers, designated campsites along the trial are available for multi-day hikers.

Fees: There are no fees or paid permits required to access the trail. Some parks or campsites may require fees or permits.

New England Trail

This trail runs from the Connecticut coastline all the way up to Massachusetts. You can find a variety of hiking trails for all skill levels, with campgrounds along many of the trails. If you’re a really serious hiker, the trail is celebrating the National Trails System Act’s 50th Anniversary with a Hike 50 Challenge.

New England Trail also holds rotating art projects and learning programs for you and your family or friends to enjoy, making it perfect for a fun-filled summer road trip destination.  

Fees: None.

West Rock Ridge State Park

Reaching up to 627 feet about mean sea level, West Rock Ride offers a spectacular view of New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound for approximate 200 square miles. This beautiful spot is located in New Haven, where you can enjoy a peaceful and scenic hike just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Fishing, boating, biking, and horseback riding trails are also found at West Rock Ridge.

Fees: None.

Each of these one-of-a-kind destinations are sure to satisfy your cravings for outdoor summer fun and beautiful scenery. If you’re not keen on nature, don’t fret: Connecticut is also filled with less strenuous activities like aquariums, zoos, casinos, museums, and historical tours.

As you plan out your trip, make sure to secure a comprehensive Connecticut Auto Insurance policy. It’s not likely, but it’s always good to be prepared for unexpected occurrences out on the road. With that taken care of, your inner nature lover and adventurer spirit will be able to hit the open road without worry.

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