Come to Connecticut. It is compact, just 110 miles by 70 miles, but it has some of the most stunning vistas on the East Coast.
For example, Heublein Tower, located at the top of Talcott Mountain, offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside. You will be rewarded with a museum of local history and an area for a lovely picnic when you hike the 1.25-mile trail to the structure which towers 165 feet above sea level.
For lighthouse enthusiasts, you will appreciate the many coastal exploits. One beauty is the Mystic Seaport Lighthouse. Historic Mystic offers tourists excitement and adventure. Explore wonderful exhibits at the Maritime Museum, walk around a whale-ship, travel through a 19th-century nautical village, and view the beautiful gardens and planetarium. As the location of “Mystic River,” a Clint Eastwood movie filmed in in 2003, it guarantees movie buffs a piece of authenticity.
Fall foliage is one of the wonders that attract groups from around the country year after year. Northern Connecticut is generally the first to witness this spectacle in early October followed by the valleys and onward to the shore. You can view this transformation of nature from numerous vantage points into the beginning of November.
Campgrounds proliferate throughout the state. In the capital city of Hartford, experience historical attractions, such as the Mark Twain house, where he penned Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. The homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster are also worth a visit. Beautiful parks, enchanting gardens, and an invigorating waterfront are there for the viewing, as well. For those interested in bygone eras, the oldest town in Connecticut, Old Wethersfield, is south of Hartford. Amble among the shaded streets to the more than 300 historic homes, some of which have been re-purposed into charming museums, bakeries, and churches.
Travelers in motorhomes will find plenty of variety. Happiness for many people is crisscrossing the state in an RV and chancing upon the kind of beauty that is inherent in Connecticut. Fall camping in New England, especially, rewards RVers with cooler weather and fewer insects. Modern technology allows you to remain in the comfort of your motorhome in unpleasant weather. RVs have generators to supply power when boondocking, which is camping without hookups. A Class A motorhome or a Class C motorhome gives you the comfort you desire as you enjoy the closeness with loved ones in the chill of a Connecticut evening.
Depending on your lifestyle and how you plan to use your RV, you may decide on a diesel RV or a gas RV. The RUV (recreational utility vehicle) and the Class A toy hauler are both good choices if you need extra capacity or storage. Since Connecticut has mostly low elevation, you may not need the extra towing power unless you plan to drive in the Northwestern part of the state, where the altitude may reach over 2000 feet.
Connecticut is also known for its vast array of bridges traversing the many streams and rivers. Built in 1864, Cornwall Covered Bridge is the most famous. East Haddam Swing Bridge was built in 1923 and swings open for traffic on the Connecticut River. Mystic River Bridge is a drawbridge mostly raised for sailboats. Merritt Parkway Bridges, in the Southwestern part of the state, are quite unique. They are a series of individual viaducts with ancient edifices reminiscent of gates to fantastical cities in the future, stage sets and medieval structures.
What adventures await the curious and enthusiastic vacationer!