Itineraries for Slow-Motion Travelers in Connecticut
Travelers visiting Connecticut can engage in a variety of activities. They can go on the Connecticut Wine Trail and visit wineries across the state. They can participate in the Hummock Island Oyster Tour and learn about oystering. They can take part in the Sheffield Island Clambake and enjoy New England cuisine. They can tour The Glass House and view modern art and architecture. And they can ride on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Travelers can also see sights such as Yale University, the Mark Twain House and Hammonasset Beach State Park. The Air Line State Park Trail, the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and the Hop River State Park Trail are notable rail-trails in the state that have existing itineraries. Some notable nature trails/parks for bikers and campers are the G & S Trolley Trail, the Farmington River Trail, the Kettletown State Park and the Devil's Hopyard State Park.
Travel Activities in Connecticut
- One activity that travelers can participate in is the Connecticut Wine Trail; during the trail, participants can visit all or any of the wineries in the state and can use a winery passport to track their visits and make note of their favorite wines.
- Another activity that travelers can participate in is the Hummock Island Oyster Tour; during the tour, participants can learn about the history of oyster farming in Connecticut and pick up proper oyster shucking techniques.
- Additionally, travelers can participate in is the Sheffield Island Clambake; during this activity, participants can celebrate New England cuisine and take part in a traditional clambake.
- Travelers can also participate in a tour of The Glass House; during the tour, participants can look at the modern architecture of the building as well as the paintings and sculptures surrounding it.
- Travelers can ride on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat through the Connecticut River Valley; during the train ride, participants can engage in other activities, "including a dinner train service, riverboat cruise or a hiking excursion to Gillette Castle State Park."
Sightseeing in Connecticut
- Travelers can participate in a free tour of Yale University, so that they can bear witness to its Gothic architecture and visit the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
- Travelers can visit the Mark Twain House, so that they can see where the famed American writer lived and even participate in writing workshops and author discussions.
- Travelers can also visit the Hammonasset Beach State Park, so that they can view over 2 miles of land while "swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf."
Rail-Trail Schedules & Stations
- The Air Line State Park Trail, a notable rail-trail in Connecticut, is about 55 miles long; a 3-day itinerary/schedule for this trail can be found here.
- The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, another notable rail-trail in Connecticut, is a little over 48 miles long; a 3-day itinerary/schedule for this trail can be found here.
- The Hop River State Park Trail, another notable Connecticut rail-trail, is 20 miles long; a 2-day itinerary/schedule for this trail can be found here.
Nature Trail #1: G & S Trolley Trail
- The G & S Trolley Trail is located in New London county and is 1.6 miles long
- The trail's surface is made of asphalt and crushed stone and is ideal for bikers and walkers.
- The trail is a greenway and it starts from Knoxville Court and ends in Neptune Drive.
- Directions to the trail are as follows: "from US 1 heading east, make a right turn onto Depot Road, then a left onto Fitch Avenue / Midway Oval. Pass Central Avenue, and then turn right onto Knoxville Court, at the end of which is the trail and a cul-de-sac where you can park."
Nature Trail #2: Farmington River Trail
- The Farmington River Trail is located in Hartford county and is 16.5 miles long.
- The trail's surface is made of asphalt and crushed stone and is ideal for bikers, skaters and walkers.
- The trail is a rail-trail and it starts from Red Oak Hill Road at New Britain Avenue and ends in Town Forest Road and Stratton Brook Road.
- Directions to the northern end of the trail are as follows: "If you’re coming from Hartford, take US 44 W 9 miles to a right turn on US 202 E in Avon. Take US 202 N 4.7 miles to a right turn on Drake Hill Road. Travel 0.1 mile to a left turn on Iron Horse Blvd. Take your next left into the parking area."
Nature Park #1: Kettletown State Park
- Kettletown State Park has a campground that will be open from May 22, 2020 to September 6, 2020.
- The campground has 61 sites and there are fees for Connecticut residents and non-residents.
- The campground is located at 1400 Georges Hill Road in Southbury.
- Directions to the park are as follows: "Off Interstate 84: Take Exit 15. Go south onto CT Route 67. Take a right at the first traffic light onto Kettletown Road. Continue for approximately 3 miles on Kettletown Road. Take a right onto George's Hill Road. The park is located on the left, approximately 0.6 miles down."
Nature Park #2: Devil's Hopyard State Park
- Devil's Hopyard State Park has a campground that will be open from April 10, 2020 to October 11, 2020.
- The campground has 21 sites and there are fees for Connecticut residents and non-residents.
- The campground is located at 366 Hopyard Road in East Haddam.
- Directions to the park are as follows: "From CT Route 9: Take Exit 7, turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto CT Route 154 north. Take a right at the first traffic light, and follow the signs. From Interstate 395: Take Exit 80 west. Take a right onto CT Route 82 west. Take a right onto Hopyard Road, and follow the signs. From I-91S: Take Exit 22. Take Route 9S, Exit 10. Take Route 9AS to Tylerville. Take Route 82E over the CT River for about 3 miles. At the stop sign, take a right, and then take an immediate left. Follow that road for approximately 8 miles, then follow the signs to the park."