Connecticut Fall Foliage Driving Tours

Rural Connecticut road covered by autumn leaves


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You'll love driving Connecticut's tree-lined highways and winding country roads when autumn turns the scenery into a dazzling kaleidoscope. You will want to also enjoy stopping at antique shops, vineyards, and even a Sunday brunch.

Here are some of the best Connecticut fall foliage drives and scenic routes in CT to tour and explore:

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Wind and Wine Your Way Through Connecticut

Salt Water Farm Vineyard in Stonington Connecticut

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 Autumn is the perfect time to explore the Connecticut Wine Trail. Allow the leaves to light your way, as you meander from vineyard to vineyard for tastings, tours, music and special events. Be sure to have your Passport to Connecticut Farm Wineries stamped at each stop for your chance to win travel, wine and other prizes.

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Northwestern Connecticut Foliage Drive

Fall Colors at Barkhamsted Reservoir, Saville Dam

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In this story I wrote for Yankee Magazine, I take leaf lovers along on a winding journey through one of my favorite areas in my home state. Follow the tour I devised, and you'll visit a pottery studio, a garlic farm, a scenic dam, one of the state's best mountains to hike, a chocolate farm (really!), a winery and more. I'll also take you to some of Connecticut's most picture-perfect leaf-peeping spots.

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The Ultimate Foliage Tour

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, Connecticut

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The Connecticut Office of Tourism shares this one- to two-day itinerary for exploring the Lower Connecticut River Valley during this most colorful time of the year. You'll even visit Connecticut's famous castle, which hovers over the Connecticut River and makes a picture-perfect destination in the fall.

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Connecticut State Route 169

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, Connecticut


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Designated a National Scenic Byway, Connecticut's Route 169 is a historic roadway that will take you to museums, craft and herb shops, and past an estimated total of 189 structures which date before 1855. Oh, and there'll be pretty leaves, too! Scenic Byways has all of the information you'll need before you hit the road during fall foliage season.

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Crossing Covered Bridges Driving Tour

West Cornwall covered bridge over the Housatonic River, in the Autumn, with fall colors, Litchfield County, Connecticut,


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There's something so romantic about stumbling upon a covered bridge nestled within a picture-perfect fall landscape. If you don't want to leave finding a "kissing bridge" to chance, follow these driving directions from the Connecticut Office of Tourism, and you'll be able to drive across three scenic bridges and picnic beside a waterfall, too.

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Litchfield County Driving Tours

Autumn on the Housatonic River in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut


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Litchfield makes an ideal home base for a fall escape, and the Western CT Visitors Bureau offers several suggested driving tours that are perfect for fall. Find tours geared to antique hunters, countryside seekers, photographers, and history buffs.

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The Merritt Parkway

The Merritt Parkway, Connecticut Route 15, winds through Fairfield County, and while it's a prime commuters' route Monday through Friday, it provides incredible scenic driving on the weekends. It has been designated a National Scenic Byway, and Scenic Byways has all of the information you'll need to map out your trip.

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Connecticut Fall Foliage and Scenic Drives

New Haven Connecticut in Fall


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Visit Connecticut offers these suggested routes to explore this autumn in the Litchfield, Mystic, New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury areas of the state.

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